Claire Basescu, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

21 Astor Place, Apt. 9B

New York, NY 10003




Claire Basescu, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice for over 30 Claire Basescu years.  She is a graduate, faculty member, and supervisor of psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute.  She was on the Editorial Board of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis


Dr. Basescu maintains a diverse practice, working with individuals and couples.  She provides therapy for a variety of problems in living, including anxiety, depression, work problems, and relationship problems.  She also has special interests in: artists and the creative process, parenthood, marriage and divorce, and women’s health issues.




Certificate in Psychoanalysis, William Alanson White Institute, 1990

Ph.D. New York University, 1984

M.A. New York University, 1980

B.A. Hampshire College, 1974





“Shifting Ground: The Therapist’s Divorce and Its Impact on Her Life and Work”;

Contemporary Psychoanalysis, January 2009


“There’s No Such Thing As A Mother:

A Review of What Do Mothers Want? Developmental Perspectives, Clinical Challenges”;

Book Review, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, January 2007


“What Makes Therapists Tick?: A Review of Why I Became a Psychotherapist”;

Book Review, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, October 2000


“On the Need To Be Alone: A Review of The Call of Solitude and Private Matters”;

Book Review, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, July 2000


“The Ongoing, Mostly Happy ‘Crisis’ of Parenthood and Its Effect on the Therapist’s Clinical Work”

in The Therapist as a Person: Life Crises, Life Choices, Life Experiences and Their Effects on Treatment,

ed. B. Gerson, Analytic Press, 1996



Presentations and Workshops Include:


“The Dialectic of Form vs. Content in Poems and Therapy Sessions:

My Story of Meaning-Making in Two Realms”

(Paper presentation to The Artist Study Group of the Psychotherapy Service for People in the Arts at The William Alanson White Institute, May 2021)


“Storytelling and the Experience of Talk Therapy: Notes on the Possible and the Impossible”

(Paper presented at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, October 2020, and at the William Alanson White Institute Clinic Conference, November 2018) (in press)


“Divorces, Breakups, and Other Disentanglings: The Other Side of Attachment

OR Terminations in the Real World”

(Paper presentation, 2015, 2014)


“Tribute to John Fiscalini”

William Alanson White Memorial Meeting (2011)


“Navigating Dating After Divorce”:

A Workshop for Parents (2011, 2010)


“’In Treatment’: Exploring Clinical Moments Using the HBO TV Series”:

A Continuing Education Workshop (2016, 2010)
See an interview with Dr. Basescu


“Passion and Peril: At Home in the Impossible Profession of Psychoanalysis”

(Paper presentation, 2009)


“Birthright: The Abortion Experience”

(Paper presentation, 2004)


“Portrayals of Therapy Relationships in Fiction and Film (With a Focus on The Therapist's Humanity)”

(Paper presentation, 1999)


“Writing About Clinical Work: Complexity, Privacy, Honesty and Appropriation of the Other”

(Paper presentation, 1998)


“My Child, Myself: Thoughts on Maternal Narcissism”

(Paper presentation, 1996)



Other Publications


"A Journey"

poem in the WAWI Voice, Spring 2018


“The Shattering”

poem in Writing on the Moon: Stories and Poetry from the Creative Unconscious by Psychoanalysts and Others

ed. Bonnie Zindel. 2017: Karnac Books.


“We Learn to Love the Density” and “Who Am I?”, Vol. 12, Issue 2, 2015

"The Echo", Vol. 13, Issue 2, 2016

poems in Psychoanalytic Perspectives


“I Don't Always Know What I'm Doing”

essay in The Parents League Review, 2002