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Dr. Paul L. Wachtel

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City University of New York
CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 3300.31
New York , New York 10016
United States

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Employment History

  • Professor In the Department of Psychology
    City University of New York
  • Distinguished Professor
    City College of CUNY
  • Faculty Member of the Postdoctoral Program
  • Distinguished Professor

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Ph.D. , clinical psychology
  • Ph.D.
    City University of New York
  • graduate degree
  • Graduate of the postdoctoral psychoanalytic training program
    New York University
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Paul Wachtel, Ph.D. Past President
Distinguished Professor Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology City College and Graduate Center, City University of New York
SEPI has been an important part of Dr. Wachtel's life from the time it was founded. Dr. Wachtel describes his first SEPI meeting in Annapolis, Maryland in 1983 as "probably the single most exciting meeting I have ever attended. There were about 100 or 150 people there as I recall, and we were all up almost all night exchanging ideas and reveling in the excitement of intense conversations across the artificial, but powerful, boundaries that had characterized our field."
Dr. Wachtel goes on to say: "Although there is something special about the first time, there are also ways in which the experience deepens over the years (are my psychoanalytic roots showing here?).
[NIP: National Institute for the Psychotherapies] Psychotherapy Integration, 7 April 2015 [cached]
Paul Wachtel Photo Paul L. Wachtel, PhD, is CUNY Distinguished Professor in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center and a faculty member of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the Mitchell Center for Relational Studies. He was a cofounder of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and was the winner of the 2010 Hans H. Strupp Award for Psychoanalytic Writing, Teaching, and Research, the 2012 Distinguished Psychologist Award by Division 29 (Psychotherapy) of APA and the 2013 Scientific Award by Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of APA.
Paul Wachtel photo Paul Wachtel, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at CUNY, has been writing about, teaching, and practicing psychotherapy for over 45 years. He has published books and articles on almost every conceivable topic of importance in psychotherapy during this time, but has been particularly interested in the integration of seemingly incompatible therapeutic approaches and conceptions.
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The seminar will be led by Paul Wachtel, a distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology at the City University of New York and author of many books on psychoanalysis.
What Should CBT practitioners learn from The Psychoanalyst Paul Wachtel or The concept of Exposure to Emotions as a development in CBT and as a potential bridge to an integrative model | Neal Miller, 16 Jan 2010 [cached]
In this paper we will review the extensive work done by Paul Wachtel,
A prominent psychoanalyst of the Intersubjective School. Wachtel, PhD, is CUNY Distinguished Professor in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has been a leading voice for integrative thinking in the human sciences and was a cofounder of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.
During his extensive exposure to various schools of psychotherapy,
Wachtel identifies an accusatory, all- knowing stance that the therapist may adopt, both in some classical dynamic approaches and in some stages of the CBT process. Wachtel suggests refraining from a stance such as this in favor of adopting a more flexible, humble position. To establish a better connection with the patient and enhance the results of therapy, Wachtel suggests focusing on emotional aspects. Wachtel claims that the experiential nature of a session conducted within the framework of a behavioral approach, which is what he liked the most as a problem was not just discussed but also "met", was lost when the emphasis shifted to cognitions alone. Wachtel proposes that anxiety arises not only via external stimuli, but from fear of fully encountering our own diverse range of emotions. In accordance, he suggests that exposure techniques be used to expose the patient to the emotions that evoke anxiety so they can learn to cope with them and contain them more effectively.
Ted Coons, Bruce NcEwen, Ed Taub, Niels Birbaumer, Barry Dworkin, Jay Weiss, Paul Wachtel, Ron Rosenthal, and Arnon Rolnick.
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Interview with Paul Wachtel about his New Book: Cyclical Psychodynamics and the Contextual Self: The Inner World, the Intimate World, and the World of Culture and Society
In his new book Paul Wachtel offers the reader an updated, comprehensive, and highly illuminating version of his groundbreaking relational-integrative theory, Cyclical Psychodynamics (1977, 1987, 1997, 2008, 2011). Wachtel reviews and renews the core ideas his theory suggests. According to Wachtel's Cyclical Psychodynamic theory, the psychodynamic infrastructure, the behavioral world, and the social and relational world cyclically and reciprocally influence each other. He argues that the experiential world we live in is created jointly by the way our psychodynamic infrastructure shapes our perceptions and actions in the world and by the responses from others that those actions evoke. Therefore, interventions on each of these dimensions-psychodynamic interpretative work, behavioral environmental change, or new experiences in the relational world-have the potential to cyclically influence other dimensions as well. Psychotherapeutic integration, according to this theory, means combining the work on insight and action, while mapping the cyclical and reciprocal influences among the different dimensions, trying to promote change in the most accessible channel, and detecting its cyclical influence on other channels as well.
Sharon Ziv Beiman: Paul, I would like to share with you that reading your book deepened the formative influence of your theoretical ideas on my clinical theory and practice.
Paul Wachtel: Let me begin with expressing my gratitude both for your kind comments and for doing this interview.
The books of Paul Wachtel:
Wachtel, P. L. (1977). Psychoanalysis and behavior therapy: Toward an integration. New York: Basic Books. German translation, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1981. Paperback edition, Basic Books, 1989.
Wachtel, P. L. (Ed.) (1982). Resistance: Psychodynamic and behavioral approaches. New York: Plenum.
Wachtel, P. L. (1983). The poverty of affluence: A psychological portrait of the American way of life. New York: Free Press. Japanese translation, Tokyo: Brittania Books, 1985. Spanish translation, Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Economico, 1989. Paperback edition, Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1989.
Wachtel, E. F. and Wachtel, P. L. (1986). Family dynamics in individual psychotherapy. New York: Guilford. Paperback edition, Guilford, 1991.
Wachtel, P. L. (1987). Action and insight. New York: Guilford.
Freedheim, D., Freudenberger, H., Kessler, J., Messer, S., Peterson, D., Strupp, H., & Wachtel, P. (Eds.) (1992). History of psychotherapy: A century of change. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Wachtel, P. L. (1993). Therapeutic communication: Principles and effective practice. New York:Guilford.
Wachtel, P. L. (1997). Psychoanalysis, behavior therapy, and the relational world. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Japanese translation, Tokyo: Kongo-Shuppan, 2002. Farsi translation, Tehran: Arjmand Publications. 2011.
Wachtel, P. L. and Messer, S. M. (Eds.) (1997). Theories of psychotherapy: Issues and prospects. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Wachtel, P. L. (1999). Race in the mind of America: Breaking the vicious circle between blacks and whites. New York: Routledge.
Wachtel, P. L. (2008). Relational theory and the practice of psychotherapy. New York:
Wachtel, P. L. (2011). Inside the session: What really happens in psychotherapy? Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Japanese translation in preparation
Wachtel, P. L. (2011).
Wachtel, P. L. (2014). Cyclical psychodynamics and the contextual self: The inner world, the intimate world, and the world of culture and society. New York: Routledge.
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Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor of psychology in the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership and in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He did his undergraduate studies at Columbia and received his doctorate in clinical psychology at Yale. He was a cofounder of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and is a past president of that organization.
Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D. CUNY Distinguished Professor
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Interview with Paul Wachtel about his New Book: Cyclical Psychodynamics and the Contextual Self: The Inner World, the Intimate World, and the World of Culture and Society
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