Experience

Heather Ferguson, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, and clinical supervisor in private practice in New York City.  After 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 honing a specialty in eating disorder and trauma treatment with a diverse client population.  Heather completed psychoanalytic training in individual and group psychoanalysis, and she has augmented her 32 years of clinical practice with training in Clinical Hypnosis (Level 1 and 2) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level 1).  She is current faculty and supervisor at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, 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 the Book review co-editor for the journal Psychoanalysis, Self and Context.  Heather is an alumnus and a consultant to The Collective, an International Music School, and the American Ballet Theatre (Pre-professional division) providing workshops on performance anxiety.

Education/Training

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).  In addition, she completed Clinical Hypnosis (Level 1 and 2) toward certification with the ASCH (2018-2020) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Level 1 (2020).

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)

Work History

1991 – Present

Private Practice/Consultation, New York, NY

  • Provides psychodynamic 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, Pace University, Hunter College, Drummer’s Collective, Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and PGCMH Group Therapy Department and American Ballet Theatre, Pre-professional division.

2010-Present               

Faculty, Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis and One Year Program Intensive Psychotherapy Program, Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, NYC.

  • Class on Trauma: Relational and Intersubjective Perspectives and Exploring Self-Harm: Eating Disorders and Substance Use.

Faculty, Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis, Institute for Expressive Analysis, NYC.

  • Classes on Narcissism, Self Psychology and Intersubjectivity Theory and Work with Trauma.

Faculty, Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 4 Year Analytic Training Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Therapy

  • Class on Self Psychology 2: The Relational Turn.

Faculty, National Institute for the Psychotherapies, Adult Training Program in Psychoanalysis and Comprehensive Psychotherapy

  • Class on Self Psychology 1, 11 and Comparative Theories of Intersubjectivity and Self Psychology 1.

2012-Present

Faculty, Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis, and Case Consultant, Certificate Program in Trauma Studies, Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, NYC.

  • Class on Eating Disorders for the course on Developmental Theory and Contemporary Clinical Issues.

1997 – 2002

Adjunct FacultySchool of Education, New York University, New York, NY

  • Cotaught 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, NY

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

1990 – 1996

Coordinator of Group Services/Senior Social Worker New York University Counseling Service, New York, NY

  • Designed and administered university-wide therapy and workshop program.
  • Provided short-term dynamic therapy to individuals and couples and facilitated groups for students with HIV-positive status and eating disorders.

1988 – 1990

Social Worker/Counselor Counseling Center, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS