Dr. Putterman has been in private practice as a licensed psychologist for twenty years. Working with adults, adolescents, children, and their parents, she approaches her work with an interest in understanding each person's underlying dynamics and learned experiences. She engages individuals collaboratively, to increase awareness and develop problem solving strategies, so that old patterns can be replaced with new, more empowered ones that better meet life's challenges. She specializes in treating anxiety/stress management, developmental trauma, loss and attachment/relationship issues, PTSD, career/school related concerns, and eating/health challenges.
Dr. Putterman believes that helping individuals connect to 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 relational psychoanalysis and dream analysis, she has enhanced her skills with further training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Committed to staying current with newer modalities, Dr. Putterman is a certified advanced practitioner of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®, an embodied approach to psychotherapy, pioneered by Pat Ogden, Ph.D. in collaboration with Janina Fisher, Ph.D., integrating somatic, attachment, mindfulness, and neuroscientific techniques to promote growth and healing. www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/home/index.html
In addition to her work with adults, Dr. Putterman helps children (play therapy), teens, and their parents, both individually and as a family. Her appreciation of development throughout the life span emerged from her child/adolescent training and experiences working at the Bank Street School for Children and Trinity School, where she provided psychological consultation to students, faculty, and parents in the lower and upper divisions. 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 completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from New York University and a child/adolescent internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Montefiore Medical Center. She earned her undergraduate degree 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 seventeen 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 with complex trauma.