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Paul Wachtel
Position: Distinguished Professor
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York|CUNY Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Yale University. , Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Program for Postdoctoral Study and Research, New York University.
Training Area: Clinical Psychology @ City College
Research Interests: Integration of psychodynamic and behavioral approaches to therapy; social and interpersonal anxiety; applications of psychodynamic thought to social issues; the psychology of money and materialism.
Dr. Wachtel’s research and writing have centered on the theory and practice of psychotherapy, the individual and contextual dynamics of personality, and the applications of psychological theory to major social issues and problems.  In all of these areas, he has brought to bear an integrative theoretical perspective centered on the examination of how patterns are perpetuated or changed through the operation of vicious and virtuous circles on the one hand and the differentiation of behavior and experience in differential contexts on the other.  Via this conceptual framework he has highlighted theoretical convergences and synergistic possibilities for therapeutic practice between psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and family systems approaches as well as convergences and reciprocal patterns between the dynamics of individual personality and the dynamics of larger social processes and events.  These various themes have been investigated in a wide range of journal articles and in numerous books, including Psychoanalysis, Behavior Therapy, and the Relational World; Therapeutic Communication; Family Dynamics in Individual Psychotherapy; Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy; The Poverty of Affluence; and Race in the Mind of America.  Dr. Wachtel was a co-founder of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.

Syllabus: Practicum IIIA: Integrative/Relational Approaches
Syllabus: Theory I: Integrative Approaches to Psychotherapy
Syllabus: Theory VI: Basic Science and Clinical Practice