Bio & Resume’



James L. Fosshage Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and certified psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and Tenafly, New Jersey.  Dr. Fosshage is a Co-founder, Board Director, Faculty Member and Supervisor of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP), Faculty and Supervisor of the NIP National Training Program; Founding Faculty Member of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS); Clinical Professor of Psychology (Co-founder of the Relational Track) at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; and Faculty Member and Supervisor of the  Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center for Relational Psychoanalysis.

In 2004-2007 Dr. Fosshage was the Founding President of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and continues to serve as a Founding Member of the International Council for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. Additionally he is a Past-President of the Association for Autonomous Psychoanalytic Institutes (AAPI) and is currently an Advisory Board Member of the International Association for Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Well-known for his work on dreams, listening/experiencing perspectives, therapeutic action and the theoretical and clinical evolution of relational self psychology, Dr. Fosshage is currently revising and updating his seminal book, Dream Interpretation: A Comparative Study, co-authored with Clemens Loew.  In addition, he has authored and co-authored over 100 psychoanalytic publications and eight books including – Enlivening the Self (in press), Self and Motivational Systems; Toward a Theory of Technique; The Clinical Exchange; Technique from the Standpoint of Self and Motivational System; Spirit of Inquiry; Communication in Psychoanalysis; and Psychoanalysis and Motivational Systems; A New Look – all co-authored with Joseph Lichtenberg and Frank Lachmann.  Dr. Fosshage has been on the “PEP Top 100 Authors Downloaded” annually from its inception in 2010 to the present.

He is a Consulting Editor of Psychoanalytic Inquiry and on the Editorial Boards of International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Psicoterapia, Ricerca Psicoananlitica, and Israel Annual of Psychoanalytic Theory, Research and Practice.

Dr. Fosshage continues to lecture extensively both nationally and internationally with over 250 presentations since 1985.  He serves as an Advisory Board Member and/or on the faculty and as a Supervisory Analyst at eleven other psychoanalytic institutes across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He has received numerous awards for his work including being chosen to present the Kohut Memorial Lecture (2008) at the 31st Annual International Conference on The Psychology of The Self and the Edith Sabshin Lectureship (2011), co-sponsored by the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Northwestern University Medical School.

James L. Fosshage was born in Durango, Colorado, received his B.A. from the University of Colorado, his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and his Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy from Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in New York City.  In addition to his professional work, he sits on the Board of Directors of World Water Works, Inc.  He is an avid skier, a beloved grandfather of three beautiful young children, and is “owned” proudly by two amazing Siberian Huskies.


Ka-Brina in snow

Ka-Brina in snow


Remi ~ Myla ~ Kai

Kayak on Lake Placid

Kayak on Lake Placid

Postgraduate Center for Mental Health  – New York, NY (1968 -1972)

  • Postdoctoral Training: Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Fellowship
  • Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Columbia University – New York, NY (1962 – 1968)

  • Degree: Ph.D.
  • Major: Counseling Psychology
  • Scholarship: Vocational Rehabilitation Administration Fellowship

University of Colorado – Boulder, CO (1958 – 1962)

  • Degree: B.A.
  • Major: Psychology
  • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude

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