SIPP Colloquium

Sunday, February 11, 2018  |  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  |  Farmingdale, NY


Recent New York Times articles have highlighted the prevalence of anxiety in current times, in children (Treating Anxiety in Children, 12/11/17) and adults (How to Combat Your Anxiety, One Step at a Time, 12/21/17) as well. Perhaps exacerbated by the recent national climate, more patients are presenting with acute anxiety issues and searching desperately for respite. In response, SIPP is presenting the first in a series of colloquia on treating anxiety from a perspective that includes psychoanalysis as a part of a metapsychological approach. In our first offering, we will look at anxiety from three different developmental periods. Sara Decker will examine the treatment of adolescents, encompassing high performance school pressures, pressures from social media, and more typical pressures of adolescence. Dan Berger will address anxiety in adulthood, and will speak on the phase of life when people have begun to “settle down” with the stressors of marriage, raising children, and building a career. Peggy Gilbert will illuminate treatment of anxiety in the elderly, a common affliction resulting in severe psychological and/or physical complications. Their brief presentations will be followed by community discussion. Please come prepared with your own clinical thoughts and experiences. We look forward to a stimulating and provocative experience.

Dan Berger, EdD, ABPP
Sara Decker, LCSW
Peggy Gilbert, PhD

George Whitson, PhD

Dan Berger, Ed.D. ABPP

Dr. Berger is a NYS Licensed Psychologist who received his Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from The Long Island Institute of Psychoanalysis Psychotherapy in 1982. He is Board certified in Psychoanalysis by the American Board of Professional Examiners in Psychology (1998).

Dr. Berger is a faculty member (since 1999) and a former director (2004-07) of the Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (SIPP).

Dr. Berger is also a corporate consultant offering services to individuals and organizations in the area of change. He facilitates such change using techniques that are highlighted in his book Flow of Work and The Company’s Fortunes: A Playbook for Productivity.

Dr. Peggy Gilbert received her PhD in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. She is a graduate of SIPP's psychoanalytic training program and is in private practice in Rockville Centre, NY.

George Whitson, Ph.D.

Dr. Whitson is a NYS Licensed Psychologist who received his Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Whitson is the Co-Founder and Trustee of SIPP and a faculty and supervisor at SIPP, the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Derner Institute of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at Adelphi University.

Continuing Education Credits
The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #1033. 1.5 SW CEU credits are offered for a fee of $15.00.

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