Anne Malavé, Ph.D.
Degree and License
Ph.D.in Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychologist-Psychoanalyst: Private Practice and Consultant
- Faculty and Supervisor of Psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology (WAWI)
- Consultant, Egg Donation Program at Reproductive Specialists of New York Fertility Clinic
- Consultant, California Cryobank
- Consultant, New Beginnings Family and Children’s Services Inc. (adoption agency)
- RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association: Professional Support Group Leader
- American Society of Reproductive Medicine: Mental Health Professional Group: Executive Committee Member
Description of Practice/Services Offered
I am a clinical psychologist-psychoanalyst, fertility counselor, and adoption therapist in private practice with offices in New York City (Columbus Circle, Midtown North, 10019) and Millerton, NY (Upper Dutchess County, 12546). My main focus is on providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and small groups. I treat adults, elders, and adolescents. I work in both short-term and long-term, intensive treatments.
My treatment orientation is interpersonal/relational with a pragmatic and practical clinical approach. I put an emphasis on the importance of relationships, and of helping people improve the quality of significant relationships that may be negatively affected by, or contributing to the person’s emotional difficulties.
I work with general issues that trouble people, like anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, relationship difficulties, and developmental transitions. I also have 2 areas of special interest.
My first main area of special interest is in helping people face infertility/fertility challenges, from diagnosis through resolution, either through fertility treatments, third party reproduction, adoption or child free living. I run small groups for General Infertility, Donor Egg Conception, Parenting after Donor Egg Conception, Choosing Between Donor Conception and Adoption, and Adoptive Parenting. I also help people find ways to talk about donor conception/surrogacy and adoption origins and other related matters with their children and other significant people, and also how to deal with unwanted and intrusive questions and comments. Besides providing psychotherapy/fertility counseling I also consult with a fertility clinic and adoption agencies, and I provide Psychoeducational Interviews for Recipients/ Intended Parents, and Psychological Evaluations of Egg Donors and Sperm Donors, for Embryo Donation and Gestational Carrier arrangements, and also for Inter-Country Adoption.
My second main area of special interest is in the areas of eating disorders, compulsions, and addictions (substance abuse, gambling, sexual, pornography, and shopping, etc.). I believe that addiction problems are the central issue of our time, as so many people deal with the challenges of feeling out of control and overwhelmed with disturbing feelings by using a substance.
In all my work I aim to conceptualize people’s lives in terms of both the typical and common experiences associated with their particular problem as well as the unique features related to their own specific life experience. I seek to find a way for people to recognize and build on strengths, expand coping methods, and reach towards personal growth and the promotion of resilience.
I stay active in my professional communities and am involved in various committees working alongside colleagues. I also teach and supervise mental health professionals. These additional professional commitments help me stay relevant, up to date, and fresh in my clinical work. I continue to grow as a therapist and I am continually engaging in educational experiences and attending conferences with that purpose in mind
As an immigrant who has lived in different cultures (born and raised in England, I have lived in New York since 1976) I have a particular interest in cultural complexity, as well as in differences of all kinds. I strive to help people find ways to maintain their individuality while integrating and finding ways to belong “inside the circle”, in community with others.
Areas of Research
- Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research, Graduate Faculty in 1998
- Graduate, Division I (4 year) Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis from the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology
- Postgraduate Training (annually), Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2003-ongoing
- Graduate, Division I (4 year) Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis from the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology (graduated 2002)
- Licensed Psychologist in New York, 1999-present
- Adoption/Foster Care Therapist Network
- American Psychoanalytic Association
- American Psychological Association
- American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
- European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology
- International Infertility Counseling Organization
- International Psychoanalytic Association
- Mental Health Professional Group of ASRM
- RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association
- Western Massachusetts and Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology
- White Society of the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology
- RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association: Lifetime Achievement Award 2008
- Academic Scholarship Awards: Psychology Department, New School for Social Research; Graduate Faculty: 9/94-5/95 and 9/76-5/80
Current Teaching and Supervision
- Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Educational Program, WAWI
- Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, WAWI
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in Intensive Psychotherapy, WAWI
- Russian Online Intensive Psychotherapy Program, WAWI
- Adoption, in Fertility Counseling, Covington (Ed.), Cambridge University Press, 2015
- No Self Control: Working in the binge eating spectrum, In Body States: Interpersonal/Relational Perspectives on the Treatment of Eating Disorders, NY Routledge Jean Petrucelli (Ed), 2015.
- “Reproductive Pioneers”, Published 07/02/2013Center for Reproductive Psychology at www.reproductivepsych.org
- Infertility: Recognizing National Infertility Awareness Week: Blog Post published on April 22, 2013 by Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Action, Psychology Today
- “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” Marriage and Infertility, published on Dec 18, 2012 by Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Action, Psychology Today
- Posttraumatic growth and social support in individuals with infertility. (with Paul, M.S., Berger, R., Rovner-Ferguson, H., Figlerski, L., and Gardner, S.) Human Reproduction, 10, 2009.
- From Infertility to Adoption, in Frozen Dreams, NJ, The Analytic Press, 2005
- Adoption, in Reproductive Medicine Secrets, PA, Hanley and Belfus, 2004
Many professional presentations at conferences and clinical meetings, as well as presenting to non-professional audiences in person and online, mainly on the subjects of infertility and adoption.