Heather Ferguson, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, and clinical supervisor in private practice in New York City.  Heather has 30 years of clinical experience since graduating from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1988.  Heather began her career in college mental health at Saint Mary’s University Counseling Service and New York University Counseling Service where she learned about the treatment of trauma and eating disorders from her patients.  After entering full-time private practice and completing psychoanalytic training in individual and group psychoanalysis, Heather became faculty and supervisor at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, the Institute for Expressive Analysis, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, and the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, all in New York City.

Heather presents papers and conducts workshops at national and international conferences.  She serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Psychoanalysis, Self and Context.  Heather is an alumnus and a consultant to The Collective, an International Music School, where she gives workshops on performance anxiety.


Heather received a Bachelor of Arts (Honors in Psychology) at Saint Mary’s University (1986) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a Master of Science in Clinical Practice at Columbia University School of Social Work (1988).  She received a certificate in Analytic Group Therapy at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health (2000), and a Certificate in Psychoanalysis at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (2008).

Professional Affiliations

  • International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP)
  • International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP)
  • International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP)
  • American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychoanalysis (APA, section 39)
  • International Sandor Ferenczi Network (ISF)
  • New York Clinical Society of Social Workers (NYSCSW).

Work History

  • 1991 – Present Private Practice/Consultation, New York, N.Y.

Provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples and groups; special focus on body image/eating disorders, trauma, substance abuse, identity issues and work with creative and performing artists.

Developed workshops for New York University, Barnard College, Parson’s School of Design, Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, Pace University, Hunter College, Drummer’s Collective, Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and PGCMH Group Therapy Department.

  • 2012 – Present-Faculty, Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis, and Case Consultant, Certificate Program in Trauma Studies, Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, New York, N.Y.

Teaches seminar on eating disorder treatment in Developmental Theory and Contemporary Clinical Issues course.

  • 2010 – Present Faculty, Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis and One Year Program Intensive Psychotherapy Program, Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York, N.Y.

Teaches: Trauma: Relational and Intersubjective Perspectives and Exploring Self-Harm: Eating Disorders and Substance Use. 

Faculty, Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis, Institute for Expressive Analysis, NYC.  Teaches: Narcissism, Self Psychology and Intersubjectivity Theory and Work with Trauma.

  • 1997 – 2002  – Adjunct Faculty, School of Education, New York University, New York, N.Y.

Co-taught graduate seminar on the treatment of Eating Disorders in Dept. of Nutrition.

  • 1996 – 1997  – Clinical Coordinator, Day Treatment Program, Renfrew Center of New York City, New York, N.Y.

Developed and implemented intensive Day Treatment Program for women suffering from eating disorders as well as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress.

Supervised interdisciplinary team and led therapy groups and participated in mealtime support therapy.

  • 1990 – 1996 – Coordinator of Group Services/Senior Social Worker, New York University Counseling Service, New York, N.Y.

Provided short treatment to individuals, couples and groups. Facilitated groups for students with HIV-positive status and eating disorders.

Designed and administered university-wide therapy and workshop program.

Supervised senior staff, psychiatric residents and psychology and social work interns.

  • 1988 – 1990      Social Worker/Counselor, Counseling Center, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, N.S.