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Restoring Reality: Part 2

May 20, 2020

Esteemed activists Drs. Robert Jay Lifton and Stephen Soldz return to expand on their ideas from Part 1 in order to map the undercurrents of… Read more

Restoring Reality: Part 1

May 6, 2020

Renowned activists Drs. Robert Jay Lifton and Stephen Soldz share the wisdom that they have gained while fighting to expose malignancy in political and social… Read more

Episode 0: Trailer

March 1, 2020

Listen in on revealing conversations between psychoanalysts and public figures about social issues facing the world today. Co-hosts, Dr. Billie Pivnick and Dr. Romy Reading… 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.