Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program

The Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program (CAPP) follows a child’s development from birth through adolescence, examining and building on the internal and external challenges inherent in the experience of the child.  Students become more knowledgeable and effective in treating complex intrapsychic, interpersonal, and behavioral issues utilizing evidence-based treatment approaches. Additionally, the program addresses the importance of initiating and maintaining alliances with parents during the treatment process. Our focus is on fostering an understanding of the variety of constellations that compose the “parental couple” today (LGBT, adoptive, divorced, immigrant, single parent).

Words From Our Students 

"As an LCSW working with children and teens who have been sexually abused I have become a much more effective therapist since studying in the CAPP program. With the growing understanding of play that I am developing through my courses, I am able to make changes to how I conduct my sessions with young clients who have been abused. With one client I have used “fantasy play” where, no longer in the sphere of the real world, her unconscious material could safely surface. Through fantasy play, she has been able to express dichotomous thoughts and feelings toward the people she loves and thoughts that had been intolerable for her to consciously accept. Her transformation was evident over time as she played out the child being believed and the transgressor being punished."

- Delmira Martinez, LCSW



"Being a part of NCP’s Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program has been one of the most compelling professional endeavors that I have had in my life. The material, faculty, and cohorts have challenged me to be the best clinician I can be. Each week the readings inform what I hear in my therapy room and the discussions help me work through issues with my patients in a way that I never learned in graduate school.  

My practice is working primarily with young, emerging adults, and by gaining a deeper understanding of development processes, I feel better equipped to work confidently with the unconscious and more effectively with areas where my patients are stuck. Focusing on work from a developmental model has helped me see the child in everyone, and if we can understand the child, we can help them grow into a stronger, more effective adult."

- Marya Samuelson, LPCC

The New Center for Psychoanalysis does not discriminate based on age, race, color, gender/gender identification, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, medical condition, or disabilities of those who are otherwise qualified for training. This nondiscrimination policy covers actions in the administration of policies, procedures, and practices, including admissions policies, educational policies, and financial aid programs. NCP welcomes and encourages students from diverse backgrounds or those serving diverse populations to take part in its educational programs. The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.