Rebecca Harrington LCSW

Rebecca Harrington

Psychotherapy | psychoanalysis | clinical supervision

Biography

Rebecca Harrington, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and certified psychoanalyst who lives and works in New York City. She has been in private practice since 1999, working with adolescents and adults in individual, couples, and group therapy. Rebecca also provides clinical supervision to psychotherapists at varied stages of practice and experience, including candidates pursuing psychoanalytic training, LMSWs working toward New York State licensure, and seasoned social workers, psychologists, and psychoanalysts.

Rebecca is on faculty at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC), where she is an instructor, supervisor, and training analyst. She is also a member of PPSC’s Admissions Committee and Training Committee.

Rebecca moderates conferences, presents papers, and conducts workshops and seminars on a wide range of topics. In 2013, she presented her article, “Friend Request: The Analytic Frame Revisited,” at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center’s spring conference (NYC) and the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology’s fall conference (Chicago). In December 2015, “Friend Request” was published in the journal, Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

Most recently, Rebecca has been writing on the topic of voluntary and involuntary childlessness. She has presented this work at: the American Psychological Association, Psychoanalysis (Division 39) in April 2014 (NYC); the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) in January 2015 (NYC); the Women’s Mental Health Consortium in February 2015 (NYC); the Women’s Therapy Centre Association in October 2015 (NYC); and the American Psychological Association, Psychoanalysis (Division 39) in April 2015 (San Francisco); the International Psychohistorical Association May-June 2017 conference (NYC); and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP) in June 2018 (NYC). Rebecca has recently completed two articles on voluntary and involuntary childlessness for publication.

Education/Training

Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, where she also became certified in social work field instruction. She then embarked on an extensive postgraduate training program where she earned a Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC). Rebecca is also a graduate of The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute (WTCI) in New York City, which trains clinicians to help women with eating problems and body image issues. Rebecca is currently completing her doctorate at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work.

Work History

With an innate interest in understanding people’s emotions and relationships, Rebecca was drawn to the mental health field from an early age. As a high school student, she regularly participated in community service work in her hometown, Providence, RI. In college, she interned at Sanctuary for Families, a New York City organization that provides counseling and assistance to domestic violence victims. After graduating from college, she went on to manage a medical practice specializing in HIV/AIDS treatment. These experiences, among others, inspired her to pursue a career in mental health. Prior to transitioning into full-time private practice, Rebecca worked as:

  • Consultant and supervisor at the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center (New York, NY), where she provided group supervision to professional and paraprofessional staff, individual supervision to clinical social workers, and guidance to the administration on program evaluation and development.
  • Assistant director of Widowed Persons Service (New York, NY), a bereavement program that was co-sponsored by SPOP and AARP.
  • Senior primary therapist in the Adult Partial Hospital of Jersey City Medical Center (Jersey City, NJ) where she worked with adults with chronic mental illness in a day treatment program.
  • Therapist at The Center for Children + Families, SafeSpace (New York, NY), providing individual and group therapy to homeless and at-risk youth.
  • Therapist at The Center for Children + Families, SafeHome (New York, NY), a residential program for HIV+ youth where she facilitated therapeutic groups.
  • Domestic violence counselor at Safe Horizon, Inc. (New York, NY), the largest victim assistance organization in the United States.

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