Welcome to my website. I am Sandra E. Cohen, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Beverly Hills, California.
In both psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, I use my psychoanalytic training and understanding to work with you. I see adults and teenagers who come into therapy as a result of a variety of psychological problems.
From the beginning of my long career, I have taken my clinical work seriously. I made a commitment long ago to have the most effective skills possible.
To illustrate, I honored this commitment by deciding to pursue psychoanalytic training. Namely, in addition to my Ph.D., I earned a Psy.D. and certification in psychoanalysis. These both give me much more in-depth training to help you.
Additionally, my deep involvement in the psychoanalytic world led me to become a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC) in Los Angeles.
As a part of my involvement at PCC as well as my investment in training, I was Dean and Chair of the Education Committee from 2008 to 2011. I now continue to actively teach and supervise.
Currently, my main focus is my private practice and psychotherapeutic work. My specializations are early trauma (including sexual abuse); panic attacks; anxiety; eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and restriction); self-injury (cutting); bipolar disorder; OCD; dissociation; persistent depression; relationship problems; creative blocks; and failed previous therapies.
I also love to write. From 1999-2000, I served as an associate member of the North American Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis (IJPA). In 2010, I published a film essay on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in the IJPA.
I recently contributed a chapter on the film Broken Embraces in: Pedro Almodóvar: A Cinema of Desire, Passion and Compulsion edited by Arlene Kramer Richards, Lucille Spira with Merle Molofsky, just published by IP Books in 2019.
My paper on the history of my two great-aunts, Marie H. Briehl and Rosetta Hurwitz, has been accepted for publication in 2020 in the Psychoanalytic Study Of The Child. They trained in Vienna with Anna Freud and were instrumental in bringing child analysis to the U.S.
I continue to work on other writings. On my blog, Characters on the Couch (www.charactersonthecouch.com), I use my clinical experience to analyze fictional characters in film, television and books.
I have professional memberships in the following organizations:
International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA)
Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS)
American Psychological Association (APA)
I am a contributor to:
internationalpsychoanalyis.net, where I post psychoanalytically informed film pieces and reviews.
I am an expert with the following online publication:
YourTango.com – a relationship and self-improvement website
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