John Gerson, Ph.D.

John Gerson This Therapist Has Published Academic Work On Theravive View Specialties

I have been in the solo practice of psychotherapy for over 35 years, and in that time have helped hundreds of people to recognize and confront the issues that frustrate them, and to courageously make the changes needed to live more satisfying lives. I am personally guided by compassion, understanding, and the search for the humor that can lighten life.

My career began in the hospital-based treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction in the late 1960’s. Coincident with working as a Psychologist for public and private programs, I took advanced degrees in Psychology and Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling at Columbia University Teachers College, along with specific training in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy at the Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy and Mental Health. I was awarded the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology much later in my life, in 1996, from The Union Institute Graduate School. I have many published articles on various mental health issues to my credit, and have participated in numerous Continuing Education programs.

I am a Certified Couple Therapist through theWestchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

One doesn’t become a psychotherapist for no reason. The role of helper/caretaker is one practiced early in the lives of those in my profession, as their families-of-origin have been in various levels of pain. This observation became the subject of my doctoral dissertation, The Development of Empathy in the Male Psychotherapist.

My life is a satisfying blend of seeing patients in my Katonah and New York City offices, staying fit through cycling and speed skating, and practicing jazz piano as a soloist and to accompany my own vocals. I am temperamentally suited to doing the work of psychotherapy, as it satisfies me emotionally, intellectually, and theatrically. Please visit my website,

Written Works by John Gerson

Understanding Secure and Insecure Attachment

Dr. John Gerson Reaches

Katonah NY