child and adolescent psychotherapy/analysis



Drs. D.W.Winnicott and Michael Fordham- child/adolescent analysts

Dr. Feldman works with children and adolescents within the developmental Jungian tradition originated by Dr. Michael Fordham in London. Dr. Feldman worked closely with Dr. Fordham during a ten year period in London. Dr. Fordham was a close colleague of D.W.Winnicott and integrated many of his important findings into his own work with children and adolescents.  Michael Fordham also was influenced by the seminal work of British child/adolescent analysts Melanie Klein, and Francis Tustin.  Dr. Feldman also integrates his research and experience in the Bowlby/Ainsworth theory of attachment into his work with children and adolescents.  Dr. Feldman studied developmental psychology and worked clinically with autistic children at the Johns Hopkins Hospital under the direction of Dr. Ainsworth.  While a post-doctoral fellow at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco Dr. Feldman studied with the psychoanalyst Erik Erikson who had a profound influence upon his work with adolescents with identity difficulties.  In 2013 Dr. Feldman's research on the psychic skin was honored by Psychoanalytic Consortium of Washington, D.C.  He teaches infant, child and adolescent analysis in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the U.S.

Dr. Feldman has specialized in the following areas in his work with children and adolescents:

autistic spectrum disorders

identity and gender concerns

eating disorders

attention deficit disorders

attachment disorders

psychological issues related to family distress: divorce, loss of a parent, parental alienation

learning disabilities, school behavioral problems, communication disorders

psychological issues related to adoption, blended families, cultural issues related to emigration

enuresis, encopresis

skin disorders

the gifted child and adolescent

Dr. Feldman offers psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and assessment in these areas.  Before psychotherapy begins Dr. Feldman will often conduct a psychological assessment of the child or adolescent to specify the nature of the difficulties and to recommend a specific type of treatment.

Dr. Feldman sees children in a specially equipped playroom which includes the use of sandplay and other play therapy materials.

Psychotherapy and analysis is individualized to address specific issues and difficulties of the client in the context of their families.

When working with children the participation of the parents is an important element of successful treatment-  parents usually are involved in a separate parenting-oriented and collaborative session once per month.

children can be seen when the primary language is Spanish, French or Portuguese