Washington Square Institute
Training Institute


Past WSI faculty through March 2020.

Marc E. Angers, MA Oxon., MSW, LCSW, LP, NCPsyA
Executive Director

Marc E. Angers, Executive Director of Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy and Mental Health; MA Oxon., MSW, LCSW, LP, NCPsyA. He was an American Keasbey Fellow at Oxford University where he received his Masters in Philosophy and Politics. He received his MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work in 1995 and, in 2000, his Certificate in Psychoanalysis at Washington Square Institute where, for many years before becoming Executive Director, he was, and continues to be, a member of the faculty and a Training and Supervising Analyst. Previous to his career as a psychoanalyst, he worked with patients with severe and persistent mental illness at the internationally renowned and innovative program specializing in such, at Fountain House in New York City. In his psychoanalytic career since, he has published articles on, among other topics, the philosophy of psychoanalysis in Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology, the Washington Square Institute journal of which he was Editor between 2012 and 2014. He is member both of The National Association of Social Workers and The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, and is in private practice in Manhattan offering supervision, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy for individuals and couples, utilizing a hybrid model of drive psychodynamics, object relations, and relational approaches.

Marilyn Tauber, MA, LP, NCPsyA
Director of Training

Marilyn Tauber is Director of Training of Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy and Mental Health. She received her Masters Degree in Psychology from the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research and is a Certified School Psychologist. Following an internship at Creedmore State Hospital working with the severely mentally Ill, she furthered her studies in Developmental Psychology at New York University, Department of Applied Psychology, where her focus included research on attachment and resiliency in children and adults and gender bias in language. As an Adjunct Professor at New York University, she taught courses in Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology. Her long affiliation with Washington Square Institute began as a student. She received her Certification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, became a staff therapist and diagnostic evaluator for children referred for treatment. She was then appointed to and continues to serve as a member of the faculty. She is also a Training and Supervisory Analyst. She has been published in Washington Square Institute's journal, Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology, and is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. She maintains a private practice in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy working with individuals, couples and children.

Lillian Ferrari, LCSW, is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she got a degree in psychology, completed a Psychiatric Residency Program and started a Psychoanalytic Training Program. She moved to NYC in 1994, and obtained a Masters in Social Work from Indiana University, and completed her psychoanalytic training program at Apres-Coup Psychoanalytic Association.

She is a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City. She is on the faculty at Washington Square Institute. She is a member and faculty of Apres-coup Psychoanalytic Association, and a member of its Formation Committee. She has taught at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC), The Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society and has presented psychoanalytic papers abroad. She has written and published a number of articles in psychoanalysis from a Freudian and Lacanian perspective in the Journal For the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, The Candidate Journal and in the Apres-Coup Psychoanalytic Website.

Jane Genende, LCSW-R, is a Licensed Psychotherapist in private practice in New York. She received her Masters In Social Work from NYU and Post Masters Certificate in Clinical Social Work / Psychotherapy from Hunter College School of Social Work. She is a Washington Square Institute supervisor and faculty member.

Peter Gillespie, LCSW, MA, BFA, is a staff psychotherapist, supervisor, and faculty member at Washington Square Institute. He received a Masters Degree from Hunter College School of Social Work specializing in clinical practice with individuals and families; a Masters Degree in Psychoanalytic Studies from Deakin University; and a BFA from the Cooper Union School for the Advancement of Science and Art. He is also a psychoanalyst-in-formation at the Après Coup Psychoanalytic Association in NYC, which focuses on the work of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan as well as other disciplines such as science, philosophy, and art. Prior to working as a psychotherapist, he was a founding member and served for many years as the Executive Director of a non-profit community planning and environmental justice organization in Brooklyn, New York. He also has a private practice in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

William H. Gottdiener, PhD. is a tenured full professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York (CUNY) and director of training of the college’s clinical psychology doctoral program and the addiction studies program. Author of over 35 articles and book chapters, he is the recipient of research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, CUNY, and the Far Fund and is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and Addiction Research and Theory. He is an APA Fellow in the divisions of psychoanalysis, addictions, and general psychology; a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytic Association; a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association; and is also the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Scholarship and Research Award from the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association. His research interests focus on personality and psychodynamic factors that contribute to the development, maintenance, and treatment of substance use disorders. He maintains a private practice in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychological assessment, and clinical supervision.

Gene Guberman, MA, LP, NCPsyA, is a faculty member and supervisor at WSI. Currently editor of the journal, Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology, and Secretary, Board of Trustees, NAAP. He is a former director of the New York Center for Psychoanalytic Training, where he was also the symposia & consultation center director as well as board member, faculty member, and training & control analyst. He is a former faculty member of the Hebrew Union College (NYC) where he taught communication and interpersonal skills. Additionally, Guberman is a former founder, director, and faculty member of LIU's adult education Center for Human Development. Has a private practice in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Gail Israelsson, MA, LP, is a licensed psychoanalyst in New York, and graduate of Washington Square Institute. She began her psychoanalytic training at IPTAR in the Respecialization Program. Gail has also worked in conflict resolution for over 20 years blending psychology and politics, studying not only the differences between the two fields, but also where these two disciplines inform each other. Gail also has a Master’s Degree from UCLA in foreign languages and literature. She believes that all these influences have informed her study and practice of psychoanalysis.

Natalie Z. Riccio, Ph.D., LP, LCSW, is a graduate of Fordham University GSSS, the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. She has been in the mental health field for 35 years and has a wide range of experience: from social work clinical practice to psychoanalysis; teaching, training, supervising, analysis; play therapy, talk therapy, group, couple, family. She is on faculty with WSI, Mid-Manhattan Institute, Fordham Graduate School of Social Service, Wurzweiler School of Social Work and is an NGO representative for International Federation for Settlements and Neighborhood Centers (IFS) at the United Nations. Her specialty is psychopathology which she believes drives clinical practice.

Giosafat Tusa, MA, LP, received a BSW from Buffalo State College and interned at the Erie County Alcohol Recovery Center. He received an MA. in environmental education from City College; taught life science and was Department Chair at Salesian High School in Richmond California; biology teacher and Dean at John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx. In the last 15 years he has taught children with special needs (emotional, psychological and medical ). He is a graduate of Washington Square Institute, where he is currently seeing patients and a member of the faculty.

Thomas Wagner, LP, NCPsyA, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He is a graduate in Psychology from New School for Social Research and graduate and member of the NPAP. His is on the faculty of Washington Square Institute.

Psychoanalytic Training Program


Past WSI faculty through March 2020.

Linda Gunsberg, Ph.D., Chair

Since 1997, Dr. Gunsberg has chaired the Family Forensics Training Program at Washington Square Institute. In 2012, this training program was expanded to offer interdisciplinary training to attorneys, judges, and mental health professionals and has been renamed The Training Program in Family Law and Family Forensics. Dr. Gunsberg’s forensic work has focused primarily in the area of divorce, custody, and recommendations for parenting plans, but has extended into International Hague Convention parental child abduction cases and international sexual abuse allegation cases. Her forensic work also includes evaluation of mitigating factors in criminal cases, sexual harassment in the workplace, sexual abuse in hospital recovery rooms, malpractice suits, assessment of trauma and PTSD in children and adults, federal immigration cases, and professional boundary violations. She frequently is called upon to consult with legal teams both in and outside of the courtroom.

Within family litigation, Dr. Gunsberg has been a forensic expert on issues such as grandparents’ rights, relocation, parental alienation, parental child abduction, child abuse (sexual, physical, and emotional), battered woman syndrome and domestic violence. She has testified as an expert witness in jurisdictions throughout the United States. She was past Clinical and Research Director, and then Clinical Consultant for TAKE ROOT, the only organization in the United States for adults who were parentally abducted as children. Dr. Gunsberg is co-chair of the Psychoanalysis and Law Discussion Group of the American Psychoanalytic Association. In her private practice she divides her time between forensic work, parent consultation, and psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Dr. Gunsberg has co-edited the volume, A Handbook of Divorce and Custody: Forensic, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives (Analytic Press, 2005), and co-edited the monograph for Psychoanalytic Inquiry, The Psychoanalyst in the Courtroom (2009). She has lectured on numerous forensic topics, most recently on the best interests of the child, parental alienation, and the factors critical to the child/adolescent’s preference to live with the batterer in child custody cases.

Family Law and Family Forensics Training Program

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