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

Race, Class and Culture in Psychotherapy in the Wake of the Recent Election.

Neil Altman, Ph.D. announces a one-day workshop

“Race, Social Class and Culture in Psychotherapy in the Wake of the Recent Election.

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Date: Saturday, April 29th 2017

 Time: 9AM-4PM

 Location: 275 Central Park West (at 88th St.) Ste. 13E New York 10024

 Cost: $200, $150 for candidates in post-graduate training and early career professionals (within 5 years of receipt of advanced degree), $125 for graduate students. Lunch will be provided.

 *Continuing education credits available for New York State licensed Social Workers (see below for details)

The recent elections have had a major impact on the psychological state of many people in the United States including patients and therapists. Many people find themselves angry, depressed and confused.  To some, it seems that racial, social class and cultural categories and identities have been shaken up and realigned.  To others, it seems that longstanding patterns of prejudice have only now become evident to those who had not previously felt themselves its targets.  The future looks uncertain; many people feel threatened and afraid.

This situation creates new challenges in our clinical work.  Therapists confront psychological distress inextricably linked to the social and political world, while they themselves may feel personally destabilized in unfamiliar ways.

The psychotherapy office offers a space where values of thoughtfulness and acceptance prevail and fortify us during times of upheaval.  This workshop is designed to support clinicians in their efforts to reorient themselves for the benefit of their patients. In an intimate and personal setting, participants and the instructor will share some of the thoughts and feelings arising in their recent clinical experiences.


Neil Altman, Ph.D. is a trailblazer in creating links between clinical work in psychotherapy and social issues such as race, social class and culture. He has published and presented extensively in these areas.  He is author of The Analyst in the Inner City: Race, Class, and Culture through a Psychoanalytic Lens (2010) and Psychoanalysis in Times of Accelerating Cultural Change: Spiritual Globalization (2015), as well as over 60 published articles.

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 the seminar will be eligible to receive 6 CEU credits. Upon successful completion, a certificate of continuing education credits earned will be provided.

For further information or to apply to join this workshop, please email Dr. Altman at or call 212-595-0821




The Ethics of Access

Oklahoma Society of Psychoanalytic Studies

Oklahoma City

September 23, 2017

Psychoanalysis in the Community

St. Louis Psychoanalytic Society, December 1-2, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Me and Not Me—Our Evolving Socially Embedded Self.

Michigan Psychoanalytic Society, April 8, 2017

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

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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.