Couched is a space for learning from
and listening to conversations between people 
who are knitting together communities

Border Crisis: A Psychoanalyst and Filmmaker Confront Family Separations

July 1, 2020

Listen in to the inspiring conversation with psychologist/psychoanalyst, Dr. Spyros Orfanos, and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Ellen Goosenberg Kent. Our guests explore the intersections of their… Read more

Adolescents Falling: What Grownups Don’t See

June 17, 2020

Episode Description Listen in to our continuing conversation with psychologist/psychoanalyst, Dr. Ken Corbett, and award-winning literary fiction writer, Susan Choi. Our guests take us behind… Read more

Adolescent Outsider Stories

June 10, 2020

Episode Description Esteemed psychologist and psychoanalyst, Dr. Ken Corbett, and award-winning literary fiction writer, Susan Choi, in an exploration of each other’s work, discuss how… Read more

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Dr. Billie Pivnick, PhD, is a psychoanalytic psychologist who specializes in treating children and families confronting difficulties with traumatic loss, particularly those resulting from adoption and mass catastrophe. She is on faculty at Columbia University, the William Alanson White Institute, and the former head of the Graduate Dance Therapy Program at Pratt Institute. She served as a consulting psychologist to Thinc Design, the exhibition designers partnered with the National September 11 Memorial Museum, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, and the Smithsonian. Of her numerous publications, her essay “Spaces to stand in: Applying clinical psychoanalysis to the relational design of the National September 11 Memorial Museum” won the 2015 Schillinger Memorial Essay award. View Dr. Pivnick’s Website.


Dr. Romy Reading, PhD,
is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in individual psychological treatment for adults and adolescents.  Prior to starting in private practice, Dr. Reading worked in the Mt. Sinai Health System providing outpatient treatment for a wide range of populations, including individuals struggling with addiction, personality disorders, as well as people living with HIV/AIDS.  She completed her clinical internship at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Addiction Institute of Mt. Sinai Roosevelt. She is a graduate of the Clinical Psychology program at the New School for Social Research. Currently Dr. Reading is completing her specialized training in psychoanalysis at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. View Dr. Reading’s Website.

Couched is sponsored by the Society for Psychoanalyis and Psychoanalytic Psychology.  Additional funding provided by The Psychoanalytic Society and individual supporters.