Graduates Reflections

Linda Sleszynski, LCSW

Linda Sleszynski, LCSW
SIPP Graduate, 2006

Why undertake such a commitment?

Psychoanalytic training prepares the therapist to work with even the most challenging patients in a variety of settings. It enriches our understanding of the human condition by fostering greater empathy for our patients' experience and greater awareness of our own, as participants in the therapy relationship, providing us with priceless tools above and beyond whatever we've obtained on route to our academic degrees. By engaging in these training programs, you have a unique opportunity to grow personally and professionally, regardless of your professional work setting. You will develop the skills to gradually build a private practice while simultaneously connecting to a community of like-minded colleagues. This is vitally important in a field which is notoriously isolating.

Why choose SIPP over another institute?
At SIPP, our approach to training is not bound to one theory or theorist, but instead is rich with numerous viewpoints and theoretical perspectives within a broadly "relational," contemporary framework. We also include an advanced course on theory integration with cognitive behavioral approach as well as a course on treatment of addictions (from a psychoanalytic perspective).

As a candidate at SIPP, you have the ability to practice and network in your own geographical area on Long Island, as opposed to traveling into New York City. Our classes are held in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and you have the option of working with an analyst and with supervisors who live and work on Long Island. Supervision is available with senior analysts for a low fee. We have regular functions, workshops and a professional Society, which allow ongoing contact with colleagues and faculty even beyond graduation. SIPP offers a friendly, supportive network, which serves as the foundation for personal and professional growth and connectedness for everyone who is part of the SIPP Community.