Bio

Training & Affiliations

Vivian Eskin, Ph.D is a Training and Supervising Analyst (Adult) at the Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS) and a graduate of the CFS/IPTAR Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Program, N.Y. N.Y. She holds a Qualifying Diploma in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from Tavistock Relationships, London, UK. Dr. Eskin is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association, NASW (National Association for Social Work), APA ( American Psychological Association), CIPS (Confederation of Psychoanalytic Societies) and the British Society for Couple Psychotherapists.  She teaches at various training institutes and graduate programs in New York City, provides Clinical Supervision and has an active private practice. She is currently Chair of Continuing Education at the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of Contemporary Freudian Society in New York.

Academic Experience

Dr. Eskin has taught at graduate schools and training institutes for psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and forensic work. The coursework she has taught include: Individual and Clinical Practice; Interpersonal Skills and Communication; Grief, Loss and Bereavement in the Life Cycle; Continuous Case Seminar; Young Adult Development; Pregnancy and the Psychological Birth of Mother and Father; Narcissistic, Borderline and Schizoid States, Psychodynamics and An Introduction to Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Presentations

Dr. Eskin has presented papers at conferences, seminars and private group settings on the following topics: The Parental Communication of Holocaust Related Trauma and its Impact on Children; Aging and the Holocaust Survivor;  Ambiguous Loss; On Impasse in the Psychotherapeutic Setting; On Neutrality; Termination: A Good Goodbye;  Caregiving an Aging Parent and Its Impact On A New Mother; When a Parent Gets Deployed: The Impact of Waiting and Not Knowing on Maternal Function; The Ladies in Waiting; Couple Psychotherapy Training and the Individual Psychoanalyst; The Impact of Infant Observation on the Treatment of a Dying Patient at the IPA Boston Congress, 2015.

Specialties

Dr. Eskin specializes in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for individual adults, couples, and parent/infant/toddler dyads.  Her  expertise lies in treating those struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and development throughout the life cycle and the conflicts inherent in transitions in life such as separation issues for parent and child, post-college, employment,  dating, marriage, infertility, pregnancy, post part depression,  parenting, divorce, mid-life, aging and bereavement.

Professional Modality

In practice since 1989, Dr. Eskin utilizes a psychoanalytic technique to help identify and treat emotional suffering. Often one may be aware of the reasons for their problems but may also find that there are underlying causes are out of their awareness. On a collaborative journey with her patient,  Dr. Eskin aims to create an environment so one’s authentic self can unfold. To be helpful, Dr. Eskin thinks that analysts/therapists must listen with their ears, eyes, heart and mind. Empathic listening and remaining objective are very important. She believes the role of the therapist is not to tell you what to do, or let the focus shift away from your life and problems. Taking the time and effort to examine one’s internal life is a gift to both patient and therapist. It reinforces for both that by acknowledging the past, facing disillusionment and disappointments can help you embrace the future. Getting in touch with and working through anger and grievances can help one mourn and reconcile the past. This may open up space for creativity in the present and future. The birth of a space for new ideas improves relationships, and helps one let go of those that are not healthy and make different choices. This has been proven to be transformative.