Claire Basescu, Ph.D.
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 years. She is a graduate, faculty member, and supervisor of psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute. She is a member of 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.
B.A. Hampshire College, 1974
M.A. New York University, 1980
Ph.D. New York University, 1984
Certificate in Psychoanalysis, William Alanson White Institute, 1990
“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:
“Divorces, Breakups, and Other Disentanglings: The Other Side of Attachment
OR Terminations in the Real World” (Paper presentation, 2014)
“Navigating Dating After Divorce”: A Workshop for Parents (2010, 2011)
“’In Treatment’: Exploring Clinical Moments Using the HBO TV Series”:
A Continuing Education Workshop (2010)
“Passion and Peril: At Home in the Impossible Profession of Psychoanalysis” (Paper presentation, 2009)
“Birthright: The Abortion Experience” (Paper presentation, 2004)
“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)