Charles B. Strozier, PhD

Charles B. Strozier, PhD Psychotherapy

About Me

Charles B. Strozier PhD

Psychotherapy can help you lead a happier, more fulfilling life.

I work with clients from all walks of life, including men, women, and adolescents. I also have extensive experience with couple therapy and marriage counseling, including with same-sex couples.

My Background

As you can tell from my publications, my background is as a psychoanalyst and historian. I studied at Harvard, the University of Chicago, and the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. I taught for 50 years—yes, I started young but retired in 2019—and have kept my therapy practice alive and well. My books and articles speak to the variety of my interests, which broadly focus on clinical aspects of psychotherapy and psychological studies of historical topics.

My Approach & Philosophy

I trained formally in psychoanalysis but not the kind where the therapist sits behind the couch and grunts occasionally. In fact, I don’t even believe in the therapeutic effectiveness of the couch, which is one reason I think virtual psychotherapy works. One needs to see and experience your therapist and not look at me through a glass darkly. Many of my patients find that psychiatric medicine helps them, just as others benefit from various 12-step programs, but nothing matches the magic of good talk therapy. The psychotherapy I practice centers on empathy and mutuality, immediate experience, and inquiry into self.


  • Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude), 1966
  • University of Chicago, Masters, 1967, PhD, 1971
  • Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, 1973-81
  • Training and Research Institute in Self Psychology, 1986-1992, Clinical Graduate

Memberships & Associations

The Psychohistory Review
Founding Editor, 1973-1986; Associate Editor, 1986-1998.

International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology,
American Psychoanalytic Association (Honorary Member)

Positions & Appointments

  • Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Training and Research Institute in Self Psychology (TRISP), New York City, since 1997
  • Professor, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York (Since 1986)
  • Practicing Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in New York City (Since 1992)
  • Visiting Senior Fellow, The Center for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Oxford University

Awards, Recognition & Research Fellowships

  • Pulitzer Prize Nominations (2001 & 2011)
  • Finalist, Lincoln Prize (2017)
  • Goethe Award from the Section on Psychoanalysis of the Canadian Psychological Association (2005)
  • Writer of the Year Award from the Lincoln Library (1982)
  • Gradiva Award for the Best Biography in Psychoanalysis in 2001 (Awarded in 2002)
  • Vision Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (1997)

Get In Touch


(212) 539-1842



I'm free for consultation most working days.