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:
austistic spectrum disorders
identity and gender concerns
attention deficit 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
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 equiped 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
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