CPPNJ - The Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey


Introducing Deborah Liner, Ph.D.

Raised outside of Washington D.C., I attended the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in what was then an independent major combining psychology and neurobiology. I went on to receive a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Georgia State University and attended internship at New York Psychiatric Institute/Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (CPMC). My dissertation examined dissociative phenomena in physically and sexually abused children and I worked with this traumatized population early in my career as a therapist at the Westchester Jewish Community Services Sexual Abuse Program and as assistant director of the Family Center, a child abuse treatment program at CPMC. When I began my private practice of psychotherapy, I sought supervision within the relational and interpersonal perspectives and participated in a reading group with Stephen Mitchell for seven years. Subsequently, while raising my family and continuing my private practice, I pursued analytic training at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Relational Track, graduating in 2011.

Currently, I practice in both Manhattan (Upper West Side) and Summit, NJ. While I treat a diverse population of individuals suffering from mood, anxiety and personality disorders, I specialize in the following areas: childhood and adult trauma; eating disorders; young adults with anxiety, depression and bipolar disorders; and, adolescents and parent counseling.

I am on the executive board of The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute in NYC, and, as a faculty member, I teach classes on trauma and supervise post-graduate students in the treatment of eating and body image problems. I also supervise PsyD candidates attending the Graduate School of Applied and Professional psychology at Rutgers University as well as psychologists obtaining clinical hours for licensure.

At the present time, I am studying and fascinated by transference/countertransference dynamics in treatment and supervision contexts; young adult individuation processes as manifested in treatment; intergenerational transmission of trauma; and the comparative study of French psychoanalytic, British object relations, and American relational schools of psychoanalysis.

I can be reached at:Deborah Liner, Ph.D., 127 West 79th Street, NY, NY 10024, (212) 787-1535 and 35 Deforest Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, (908) 277-4155, Goldenorph@aol.com