Sue N. Elkind, Ph.D.

SUE N. ELKIND, Ph.D. CA Psychology License # PSY 3351

8 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA 9456
(925) 254-7411

Sue N. Elkind, Ph.D., has a private practice in Orinda, CA with a specialty in consulting to therapists and patients who are in serious impasses in therapeutic relationships. She is a faculty member for ICP Bay Area and teaches a seminar on Therapeutic Impasses each year. She is also a founding member of the Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley, CA., and an honorary member of PINC (Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California).


Consultation to patients and therapists in serious impasses or after a rupture in therapeutic relationships.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy


“The Mother Without a Face,” Psychotherapy Institute Journal, Volume II, 1984.

“Letters and Journal of Paula Modersohn Becker and Rainer Maria Rilke, Requiem for a Woman,” San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, Volume V, No. 2, 1984.

“A Tribute to Freud by H. D.” San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal Volume VI, No. 2, 1986.

“The Mother Without a Face, Revisited,” Psychotherapy Institute Journal, Volume III, 1986.

Review in San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, September 21, 1986 Growing Up Scared?, p. 11.

“Dinner for Two,” Parenting Magazine, April, 1987, p. 100.

Just Another Day?” Parenting Magazine, June/July, 1987, Pp. 43-44.

“The Game’s Over” Parenting Magazine, May, 1988, P. 124.

“Frida Kahlo: Why Now?” San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, Volume VIII, No. 2, 1988, pp. 81-96.

“When Rabbit Howls: Review” in San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal. Vol. 8, No. 3, 1989, pp. 29-44.

“The Consultant’s Role in Resolving Impasses in Therapeutic Relationships” in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 54, No.1, pp. 3-13.

“The Consultant’s role when the analyst terminates therapy” in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 55, No. 4, 1995.

“Resolving ruptured therapeutic relationships: Where the interpersonal and intrapsychic intersect” in fort da: Journal of the Northern CaliforniaSociety for Psychoanalytic Psychology. Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring, 1995.

“The Treatment-Resistant Patient: Psychotherapy Impasse and Consultation, Discussion” in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis,
Vol 59, No. 2, 1999.

Review essay on Building Bridges, by Stuart Pizer in Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 285-288.


Sue Nathanson, Soul-Crisis: One Woman’s Journey Through Abortion to Renewal, Hardcover published by New American Library, 1989.Paperback published by Signet, 1990.

Sue Nathanson Elkind, Resolving Impasses in Therapeutic Relationships, New York: Guilford Publications, Inc. 1992.

Chapter “The Impact of Negative Experiences in Therapy on My Work as a Therapist,”Gerson, Barbara, Ph.D. The Therapist as a Person: Life Crises, Life Choices, Life Experiences, and Their Effects on Treatment. Hillsdale, New Jersey, Analytic Press, 1996.

Chapter “Resolving Impasses: Including Patients and Supervisees in Consultations,” in Rock, Martin H. Ph.D., editor, Psychodynamic Supervision: Perspectives of the Supervisor and the Supervisee, Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson, Inc. Publishers, 1997.

Chapter in The Use of the Telephone in Psychotherapy (and Psychoanalysis), edited by Joyce Aronson, Northvale, New Jersey, Jason Aronson, Inc., 2000, pp. 417-442.


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