Dr. Putterman has been in private practice as a licensed psychologist for over twenty years. Working with adults, children, adolescents and parents, she invites curiosity to understand each person's underlying dynamics and learned experiences. She engages individuals collaboratively to increase awareness and develop problem solving strategies, so that blocked experiences can evolve into new, more empowered ones that better meet current life circumstances. Her specialties include: anxiety/stress management, developmental trauma, loss, relationship issues, PTSD, career/school related concerns, and eating/health challenges. Dr. Putterman also helps parents, couples, and families transform intergenerational relational patterns, so they can feel more securely connected and communicate more effectively with one another.
Dr. Putterman believes that helping individuals avail themselves of their own internal resources supports better coping and living more confidently, authentically, and meaningfully. She invests in ongoing learning to best support this process. While her training is rooted in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Dr. Putterman has enhanced her skills with additional training in: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Trauma-Focused Therapy (EMDR) for adults, children and adolescents. Dr. Putterman is a certified advanced practitioner of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®, a somatic approach to psychotherapy, integrating attachment, mindfulness, and neuroscience research to promote growth and healing. www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/home/index.html
Appreciating development throughout the lifespan, Dr. Putterman works with people of all age ranges from young children to older adults. She has expertise in play therapy, family systems therapy and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). Having provided years of psychological consultation to students, faculty, and parents at the Bank Street School for Children and Trinity School, Dr. Putterman recognizes the complex stressors pre-teens and teens face and helps them navigate this challenging time of life. She has led workshops for parents and students on a variety of topics, with recent presentations focusing on adoption, body image, and psychotherapy with young adults. She has also served as an adolescent group therapy supervisor at the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at The City University of New York.
Dr. Putterman earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from New York University and completed a child/adolescent internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Montefiore Medical Center. She earned her BA from the University of Michigan, where she fulfilled an independent concentration in the Honors Program in Psychology of Film. Alongside her private practice, for the past eighteen years, Dr. Putterman has lectured and provided clinical supervision to psychiatric residents, psychology externs, interns and fellows in the Department of Psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital. Currently, she collaborates with the Department of Psychology at Lenox Hill to teach interns embodied relational psychotherapy for complex trauma.
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