Neil Altman

Neil Altman

I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, clinician and author. In my clinical work, I see children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. My recent writing has been in the area of racial, social class, and cultural differences and similarities as they play out in interpersonal interactions. I have studied such interactions intensively in the relationships between therapists and patients; I am interested in extending the understanding I have gained to interactions in other contexts. These include community-based clinical work, as well as interactions in multi-national and cross-cultural businesses and NGO’s (not for profits). I offer courses on a variety of topics for which social workers may obtain continuing education credit.

Upcoming Presentations & Events

Workshop on psychotherapeutic hope and inspiration in times of cynicism and despair

Psychotherapeutic Hope and Inspiration in Times of Cynicism and Despair.


A Workshop Led by Neil Altman, Ph.D., author of The Analyst in the Inner City: Race, Class, and Culture through a Psychoanalytic Lens, and Psychoanalysis in Times of Accelerating Cultural Change: Spiritual Globalization. Co-author, Relational Child Psychotherapy


Saturday January 5, 2019 10AM-4PM

815 Park Ave. #1B at 75th St.

Cost: $200, $150 for candidates in postgraduate training and early career professionals, $100 for graduate students.


6 Continuing Education Credits Available for New York Social Workers.


The vision animating psychotherapy is a hopeful one: that people can change their lives for the better. This vision is supported by the larger social world when politics are progressive and forward looking. Politics around the world have lately turned regressive, backward looking, insular, fearful. This atmosphere seeps into private lives and private spaces, including into the psychotherapy consulting room. It can be a challenge to maintain the hope and optimism that is necessary for psychotherapeutic work.


At the same time, psychotherapy necessarily addresses and contains despair and anxiety. In this workshop we will identify and elaborate versions of psychotherapy that are most useful in working with both hope and despair in way that is particularly suited to the present moment.   We will discuss personal experiences in and out of the consulting room.


Please contact Dr. Altman at or 212-595-0821 for further information and to register. Inquires about remote participation are welcome.


Neil Altman, Ph.D. SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0333.

Continuing Education Courses

Neil Altman, Ph.D. announces live, in-person, professional education seminars


These are 12-hour intensive seminars designed for mental health professionals who wish to enhance their clinical skills. The course provides participants with opportunities to increase their knowledge and expertise through weekly readings and discussions. Clinical material will be presented by participants and the instructor.

Race, Class, and Culture through a Psychoanalytic Lens.  This course will consider race, social class, and culture as elements in the psychotherapeutic relationship.  We will consider the nature of these social categories from a psychoanalytic perspective, and how they play out between patient and therapist in public sector clinics as well as in private practice. 12 sessions 12 CEUs

Relational Child Psychotherapy will have both a theoretical and a practical, clinical focus. We will first consider the history and development of child therapy, looking at how concepts of transference /countertransference and play have evolved in the child therapy literature. Clinical examples from participants and the instructor will show the practical relevance and applicability of these concepts in day-to-day work with children. Issues raised by work with parents, teachers and other professionals will be addressed from a psychoanalytic/systemic perspective. six 2-hour sessions 12CEUs


Journal Club: A forum for reading and discussion of selected articles from the contemporary psychoanalytically oriented literature. 12 sessions, 12CEUs

Psychoanalysis in International Cultural Context: This class will feature readings from a variety of psychoanalytic communities around the world, from India to Iran, Japan, Latin America, Italy, Spain, and beyond. Discussion will focus on what we can learn about psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and ourselves, when we consider how the field shows up in radically different cultural contexts. 12 sessions, 12CEUs

Adolescent Therapy (Co-Instructor: Jillian Stile, Ph.D.): Adolescent therapy, like adolescents themselves, require us to “think different” from the way we are accustomed to think about work with adults and children. Adolescence itself has a number of sub-stages, and culturally diverse manifestations, that the clinician needs to keep in mind. We will consider some of the literature that has grappled with the unique and perplexing issues of adolescence and adolescent therapy. 12 sessions, 12CEUs


The seminars take place at Dr. Altman’s office on the Upper Westside of Manhattan, 275 Central Park West #13E (at 88th Street) New York City.

The fee for each seminar is $900.

Please be in touch with Dr. Altman by phone (212-595-0821) or email ( for further details or to register.


Neil Altman, Ph.D. SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0333.


Participants who complete one or more of these courses will be eligible to receive 12 CEU credits per class. Upon successful completion of your course, certificates of continuing education credits earned will be provided.


Posting at Public on Pope Francis, Climate Change, and Global Capitalism

Please see my posting at

Posting on Globalization and Mental Health at

Please see my posting and discussion on globalization and mental health at

Interview with Neil Altman on De Zeit online:

Germany’s most prominent online magazine published an interview with me on recent cultural developments in New York, June 10, 2014.