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Executive Director

For the past 30 years, The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, otherwise known as SIPP, has been a formidable psychoanalytic training institute on Long Island. The rich community that has grown and flourished over the years and decades has become a professional anchor for many.

This past year, the entire community decided that we would become a psychoanalytically oriented membership-based community offering workshops, mini courses, colloquium, and discussions on what has been significant in our lives personally and professionally, or what may be relevant in current events that informs our clinical selves. These range from formal presentations offering Continuing Education credits to informal chats in members’ homes over food and coffee, digging into an array of analytically oriented topics that are relevant to all of us.

We warmly welcome NYS licensed professionals to join us and participate in our community. I, personally, look forward to meeting new members and seeing old familiar faces.

Lynn Higgins, LCSW
Faculty, Co-Executive Director

It is my privilege to serve as a co-executive director of our institute. Having graduated from the 4-year psychoanalytic training program, I have first hand experience of the dedication our faculty and membership have in creating a safe and educative container for personal, intellectual, and professional growth and support. We aim to continue our many cherished traditions and help facilitate new endeavors in the spirit of SIPP and its rich history.

I believe we are as strong as our community is active. SIPP is truly a unique institute where psychoanalytic ideas can flourish and come alive through our vibrant Psychoanalytic Learning Community. I think many of us value the space and support afforded within SIPP for new ways of connecting and exploring concepts/ideas with colleagues. To further this, some of our newer events, such as our “Round Table” and “Books and Bagels,” are examples of developing successful grass-roots initiatives conceptualized by members that have generated significant energy and participation. It is also exciting to expand our more traditional offerings in our best effort to meet the needs of our membership, while incorporating newer perspectives and colleagues. Here, we have sought to enrich our programming through a variety of workshops and mini-courses that are open to all licensed professionals in our area. As always, we offer highly regarded colloquia that continue to provide thought-provoking topics by considering many real-life issues that affect and impact all of us, often at home and in our offices. A personal favorite of mine is our yearly movie discussion for members. I look forward to continuing to support and expand our flourishing institute, furthering our aim to listen and incorporate the diverse perspectives of our community into meaningful dialogues that serve to guide, and deepen, our understanding of psychoanalytic and dynamic processes that meaningfully impact our lives and clinical work. 

Ryan Clements, Psy.D.
Faculty, Co-Executive Director