“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
– James Baldwin

Welcome! Let me introduce you to my clinical practice as well as my work as a climate psychology practitioner and educator.

I am a New York State licensed clinical psychologist and certified psychoanalyst in private practice in Greenwich Village in New York City.

I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University in 1988, where I focused on both family therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. After my doctoral work I was employed in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatry and a social service agency where I developed and ran a family therapy unit. I began a private practice with individuals and couples and worked part-time at Columbia University’s Counseling and Psychological Services for 25 years as both a clinician and supervisor.

Throughout my career I worked with various forms of family violence and trauma and received advanced training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in a domestic violence treatment program for couples. I went on for additional training in psychoanalysis at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and then completed my certification in psychoanalysis at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP). I have continued as teaching faculty and supervisor at MIP, as well as at two psychoanalytic couple therapy advanced training programs in NYC.

As my recognition and immense concern about the climate and environmental crisis grew over the years, I felt a strong need to contribute. I left my university position to devote my time to Climate Psychology pursuits. In addition to teaching and training mental health professionals in climate-informed practices, I became part of the board and steering committee of the Climate Psychology Alliance- North America, where I provide workshops, training, and leadership to support climate-aware therapists and those facilitating climate cafes. I co-lead a committee developing a course on an Introduction to Climate-Aware Therapy. I have given media interviews, presented, and published nationally and internationally in the climate psychology field. I have also provided experiential workshops for high school and university students, climate activists and environmental organizations on building emotional resilience in the face of climate distress.

I utilize a variety of approaches to meet the needs of my clients. I have received further training in trauma treatments, the mind-body connection, mindfulness, anti-racism, and ecotherapy as well as being trained in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. I strive to include awareness of the impacts of culture, race, sexual, gender and other identities as part of my clinical and educational work.

Wendy Greenspun. Pd.D.

Professional affiliations, leadership, and faculty positions:

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Climate Psychology Alliance - North America
Board and Steering Committee member

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Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis
Faculty and supervisor

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Adelphi Postgraduate Program in Marriage and Couple Therapy
Faculty and supervisor

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William Alanson White Institute Couple Therapy Training and Education Program

Additional professional memberships:

International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
New York State Psychological Association
American Psychological Association, Division 39- Psychoanalysis and Section VIII- Couples and Family Therapy