Friends of the Institute

Friends of the Institute will not be charged fees for Conversations, lectures, conferences, and movies. You will be invited to join us at our celebrations, including our Graduation party, you will be listed in our directory and have access to our “Members” section of the website. You are welcome to join our book club, which discusses chapters of the book, Some Small Truths, written by our founder, Joel Bernstein. We also are planning to add a book club in which we might discuss such topics as trauma and new developments in early psychoanalytic theory. If you wish, you also would have access to Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, an online service for psychoanalytic journals, for $75.00 annually.

The cost of this category will be $100.00 annually and we hope that this will encourage you to participate more fully in our institute.  In order to join this category, please click here:

Please know that if you do not wish to join us in this way, you still will be welcome at our events.

Some Small Truths

A seasoned analyst, with 40 years of experience gained in helping patients explore the depths of their unconscious, Dr. Bernstein takes the reader through paths unfamiliar. Filled with extraordinary insights fueled by patient’s most intimate of fantasies, Dr. Bernstein explains with perspective and humor the illuminating insights and change that come with exploring the inner space of the psyche. Each short essay takes a subject, relevant to many, and explores it through the lens of the unconscious.

About the Author
Joel S Bernstein was a PhD psychologist, Psychoanalyst and a certified clinical hypnotist. He was founder and president of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies in New Jersey, a classically trained pianist, composer, and a black-belt martial artist. He was greatly respected and beloved.

Editorial Reviews

Dr. Bernstein’s work shows a wide ranging mind and a highly original one. His insights are fresh and compelling, his style clear and vigorous without being dogmatic. His new perspectives show his approach to therapy as a joint effort between doctor and patient, to achieve sometimes surprising insights. I have never before read the work of a therapist who so obviously likes his patients. –Joanne Greenberg I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

This book is a powerful and compelling collection of essays on a myriad of topics seen through a brilliant psychoanalyst’s perspective. The reader understands the respect and awe the author has for both his patients and their unconscious process. He takes us with him through the exploration of his patient s character traits, to their innermost fantasy life at the heart of what has troubled their lives. This author’s unique view is a gem. –Judith Korner MD, PhD Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Bernstein is a talented analyst who brings to life the inner workings of the unconscious. His view does not ask for logical reasoning, neither (as he explains) does the unconscious. However, as he excavates the layers of his patients’ inner lives, we witness a rich unfolding of deep and buried impulses that emerge with humor and depth of understanding. This ultimately leads to more energy for the person stuck in what was a spiral of behavioral repetitions. Fascinating read on every subject heading. –Lorna Goldberg LCSW, Psychoanalyst – Director of The Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies


“IPS has been a highly welcoming environment for me in my pursuit of post-graduate analytic studies. It has impressive, intelligent faculty, analysts and control analysts who have been instrumental in expanding my curiosity and the understanding of both me and my patients.”

“When asked about IPS by my friends, co-workers or family I usually begin by saying ‘this place is different; it is neither the typical school nor the typical school experience.’ The first thing that comes to my mind is the importance given to, and consistency in reminding candidates of practicing with nonjudgmental attitude and not boxing an individual into a theory but instead remembering the uniqueness of each individual. My experience at IPS has been an excellent one and has without a doubt exceeded my expectations.”

“For the past two years at IPS, I have had an amazing experience. Not only have I learned so much in the area of psychoanalysis, I have had the chance to meet excellent professionals who not only have so much knowledge and expertise in the area of psychoanalysis but have also given me the opportunity to experience what is to me one of the most important themes throughout the experience at IPS: the uniqueness of each individual and the practice of an accepting, non-judgmental attitude. I take every opportunity I have to tell others in the field about IPS, as this has been so far one of the best learning experiences I have had.”

“As a candidate at IPS, I have experienced a welcoming, warm, nonjudgmental environment with an opportunity to grow both professionally as well as at a personal level. From its founder to the instructors, they welcome candidates with a genuine goal to see each individual succeed and become the best they can be. My experience at the IPS has indeed exceeded my expectations.”

As an entering 4-year IPS candidate for the 2017-2018 term; I can attest to the tremendous administrative, instructional, and educational support received from the IPS staff.

Additionally, I can vouch wholeheartedly for the increased confidence and quality in my therapeutic work with patients which is due solely to the in-depth academic curriculum and collaborative components embedded and implemented within this psychoanalytic program.

I am thoroughly grateful for being a part of this psychoanalytic institute. This continued academic investment in my professional growth as a therapist has been immeasurable!

Warmest Regards,

Rosena P.

“With expert instruction, supervision and analysis IPS provides an open and collaborative model of education, aimed at the practical application of Psychoanalytic teachings.  By introducing a theory based as opposed to theory driven model, IPS greatly improves the understanding of the nature of character thus allowing for candidates to learn about themselves and their practice in continuously exponential and deeper ways that are immediately applicable.”

Joel K.

Brian Nandy: What Brought Him To IPS

Margaret Debrot: Training

Rosenna Pemberton Training At IPS

Certified Supervisors

The following members of The Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies are qualified to provide supervision for licensing/certification in their respective fields.


Denise Ardito, LCSW


Ramsey, NJ 07446


Elana Blumenthal, LCSW


Fair Lawn, NJ 07410


Mosse Burns, LCSW


Oradell, NJ 07649


Robert Ciampi, LCSW


Montclair, NJ 07042


Margaret Debrot, LCSW


Ridgewood, NJ 07450


Bill Goldberg, LCSW


Englewood, NJ 07631


Lorna Goldberg, LCSW


Englewood, NJ 07631


Nicole E. Grace, LCSW


Fair Lawn, NJ 07410


Joyce Grossbard, LCSW


Englewood, 07631


Anat Joseph, LCSW


Teaneck, NJ 07666


Regina Minsky, LCSW


Cliffside Park, NJ 07010


Lori Phelan, LCSW


Pompton Plains, NJ 07444


Zachary Schwartz, LCSW


Ridgewood, NJ 07450


Lisa Sokoloff, LCSW


Englewood, NJ 07631



Denise Ardito, LCSW
Ramsey, NJ
Phone: 973-477- 5480
Areas of Practice: Adolescents, Young Adults and Adults

Natasha Baron, MD
Fair lawn, NJ 07410
Phone: 201-334-4237 (Office)
Areas of Practice: Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
In-Network Insurance: Aetna, Horizon BCBS – PPO, Horizon BCBS – HMO, Medicare, Cigna

Myrna Block – Chairwoman of the Board of Directors
Clifton, NJ 07012
Phone: (c) 201-906-8496

Elana Blumenthal, MSW, LCSW, NCPsya
Fair Lawn, NJ
Phone: 201-960- 1812
Areas of Practice: Adult, Adolescents, Couples, Eating Disorder

Dvora Brandstatter, LSW
Westfield, NJ and Teaneck, NJ
Phone: 917-359- 9162
Areas of Practice: Adults, Adolescents and Families

Jennifer Bristol, LCSW
Oradell, NJ 07649
Phone: 201-862-4015
Areas of Practice: Young adults, adults, and seniors. Grief and loss, chronic illness, terminal illness, aging, caregiving, infertility, hormone imbalance
Insurance: Horizon BCBS – PPO, Horizon BCBS – HMO, Medicare, Optum/United Behavioral Health

*Mosse Burns, MSW, LCSW
Oradell, NJ
Phone: 201-599- 3399
Areas of Practice: Individual, Marriage, Geriatrics, and Caregivers Issues

Diana Ceron, LPC
Millburn, NJ and Florham Park, NJ
Phone: 201-284- 8040
Areas of Practice: Children, Adolescents and Adults, Anxiety and Depression
In-network with insurance: Aetna, Cigna, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Qualcare

Robert C. Ciampi, LCSW
Montclair, NJ 07042 and Midland Park, NJ 07432
Phone: 973-865-5012
Areas of Practice: Anxiety, Depression, Couples, Adolescents 15+, Anger Management, Assertiveness Training, Certified DBT Skills Training Instructor, Certified Social Work Supervisor
In-Network Insurance: Cigna

*Margaret Debrot, LCSW
Ridgewood, NJ
Phone: 201-444- 4323
Areas of Practice: Areas of Practice: Children, Adolescents, Adults and Older Adults.

Erica Dietsche, LPC
Phone: 201-248-3919

Joanna dos Santos, M.A., L.P.C.
Florham Park, NJ
Phone: 908-244-8889
Area of Practice: Adolescents, Adults, Individuals, Couples, Imago Based Relationship Therapy, Terminal Illness, EMDR, REIKI II.
In-network with insurance: Aetna, and Cigna
Other languages: Polish

Stella Freid, LCSW
Phone: 201-981-0732

*Lorna Goldberg, LCSW
Englewood, NJ
Phone: 201-894- 8515

Areas of practice: Children, Adolescents, and Adults. Specialty: Cult-Related Issues.

*William Goldberg, LCSW
Englewood, NJ
Phone: 201-894- 8515
Areas of Practice: Cults, Adults, Adolescents

*Nicole Grace, LCSW, PsyA
Fair Lawn, NJ
Phone: 201-803- 9193
Areas of Practice: Adults, Couples and Infertility Issues

*Thomas Grace, PsyD, PsyA
Fair Lawn, NJ
Phone: 201-207- 2199
Areas of Practice: Child, Adolescents, Adult Therapy & Psychological Assessment

Joyce M. Grossbard, LCSW
Englewood, NJ
Phone: 201-541- 6888
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212- 262-6789
Areas of Practice: Children, Adults and Couples

*Anat Joseph, LCSW, PsyA
Teaneck, NJ
Phone: 201-755- 3788
Area of practice: Adults, Children and Adolescents – Anxiety, Depression and Trauma
Other languages: Hebrew and German

Joel Kaplan, LSW
Teaneck, NJ
Phone: 201-686- 8938
Area of Practice: Adults

Catherine Lawrence, LPC
Ramsey, NJ
Phone: 551-795- 2254
Area of Practice: Adults, Adolescents, and Children

*Rhonda Liss, LCSW
Paramus, NJ
Phone: 201-401- 0727
Areas of Practice: Adults, and Couples

Nita Lutwak, PhD, NCPsyA
New York, NY
Phone: 212-995- 0566
Areas of Practice: Individuals, Couples, Group

Lourdes Melendez, LPC, PsyA
Oradell, NJ
Phone 973-922- 0116
Areas of Practice: Individual, children and adolescents
Insurance: Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Laura Mezhiborsky, LSW
Phone: 347-840-3173

*Regina Minsky, LCSW, PsyA
Cliffside Park, NJ
Teaneck, NJ
Phone: 201-803- 0446
Areas of practice: Adults, Groups, and Supervision
Insurance: Aetna, Cigna, Medicare and Qualcare

Brian Nandy, M.A., LPC, PsyA
Florham Park, NJ and Bayonne, NJ
Phone: 908-219- 9008
Areas of Practice: Life Transitions

Rosenna Pemberton, LAC
Bayonne, NJ
Phone: 973-558- 9768
Areas of Practice: Adults, Adolescents and Families

Yerelyn Reyes-Strauss, LCSW
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Phone: 646-207-9686

Debra Rosen, LSW
Englewood, NJ 07631
Phone: 201-970-8119
Area of Practice: Children, Adolescents and Adults

Mindy Schacter, LCSW, PsyA
Fair Lawn, NJ
Phone: 201-417- 6800
Areas of Practice: Adults

Zachary Schwartz, LCSW, PsyA
Montclair, NJ
Phone: 201-776- 6794
Areas of Practice: Adults, Adolescents, Families

Lara Seymour, LCSW, PsyA
Fort Lee, NJ
Phone: 201-233- 7755
Areas of Practice: Children, Adolescents, Families, Couples, Adults

Pari Sharifkashari, MA, LPC, LRC, PsyA
Franklin Lakes, NJ
Oradell, NJ
Phone: 201-847- 0273
Areas of Practice: Relationships, Adults, Children, Adolescents, Inter-faith and Inter-culture relationships

*Carmela Shlahet, MS, PsyA
Allendale, NJ
Phone: 201-825- 1875
Areas of Practice: Adults, Couples, Adolescents

*Lisa Sokoloff, LCSW
Englewood, NJ
Phone: 201-567- 7707
Areas of Practice: Adults, Women’s issues, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma
Insurance accepted: Medicare, United, Aetna, and Oxford

Arielle Treich, LCSW
Florham Park, NJ
Phone: 908-217- 7949
Area of Practice: Adolescents, Adults, Individuals, Couples, Imago Relationship Therapy, and EMDR

Lauren Waddell-Krauss, LSW in NJ, LMSW in NY
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Work Phone: 201-837-9090, ext. 288
Areas of Practice: Adults, children and couples

* Denotes members who are Control Analysts in the program

About Us

The Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies welcomes you into an atmosphere where faculty and candidates are partners in the study of the depths and wonders of the human psyche. Our four year curriculum provides a strong foundation in classical psychoanalysis and prepares candidates for independent practice in adult or child and adolescent psychotherapy.

The Institute offers advanced post graduate training for candidates with a minimum of a Master’s Degree in a variety of fields including social work, psychology, counseling, psychiatry and nursing. Our approach is collegial—students are considered partners and participate in shaping the Institute’s programs, policies and practices. Our Psychotherapy Referral Service connects candidates and faculty with patients seeking therapy