Elinor Greenberg

Bio

Elinor Greenberg, PhD, CGP

is an internationally renowned Gestalt therapy trainer who specializes in teaching the diagnosis and treatment of Borderline, Narcissistic, and Schizoid adaptations in a lively, practical, and easy to learn way. She is Vice-President of the NYIGT, a full member of the NYIGT and Co-Chair of the NYIGT Program Committee, adjunct faculty to the Gestalt Center (New York), and an Associate Editor of the Gestalt Review. Elinor is also a graduate of and former faculty member of The Masterson Institute (a post-graduate training institute that teaches a psychoanalytically-oriented object relations approach to the theory and treatment of personality disorders) She is also a certified Ericksonian hypnotherapist and is in the National Registry for Certified Group Psychotherapists. Elinor’s hobby is the study of pre-psychoanalytic systems of personal growth, such as Tarot, Kabbalah, and the Western Mystery School tradition. She has been studying Tarot intensely since 1995, holds three degrees in Tarot from the Tarot School, is a member of the Builders of the Adytum (B.O.T.A.), and psychology consultant to the Tarot School of New York. Elinor is in private practice in NYC.

Published Papers

Goals and the Borderline Client: A Gestalt Therapy Approach (2015). Gestalt Review, 19 (1).

In Her Own Voice: An Interview with Elinor Greenberg (Nov. 2014). British Gestalt Journal.

Undoing the Shame Spiral: Working with a Narcissistic Client Trapped in a Self-Hating Depression (2010). The British Gestalt Journal, Fall 2010.

The Narcissistic Tightrope Walk: Using Gestalt Therapy Field Theory to Stabilize the Narcissistic Client (2005), Gestalt Review, 9(1): 58-68.

Love, Admiration, or Safety: A Gestalt Therapy System for the Diagnosis of Borderline, Narcissistic and Schizoid Adaptations (1999), Studies in Gestalt Therapy, 8, 52-64.

When Insight Hurts: Gestalt Therapy and the Narcissistically Vulnerable Client (1996). The British Gestalt Journal, , 5 (2): 113-120. (One of Top 20 Articles)

Commentary on Norman Shub’s “Character in the Present”. (199?). Gestalt Review, 3 (1).

Shit, Shame and Narcissism.” (1993). Society of the Masterson Institute Newsletter, 7 (2), June.

Healing the Borderline (1989). The Gestalt Journal, 7 (2). Fall.

Book Chapters

Love, Admiration, or Safety: A System of Gestalt Diagnosis of Borderine, Narcissistic, and Schizoid Adaptations that Focuses on what is Figure for the Client (2015). In P. Brownell & B. J. Mistler (Eds.). Global Perspectives on Research, Theory, and Practice: A Decade of Gestalt! UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (In Press).

Undoing the Shame Spiral: Working with a Narcissistic Client Trapped in a Self-Hating Depression (2014). In D. Bloom & B. O’Neill (Eds.). The New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy Anthology of Published Writings since 2000. Australia: Ravenwood Press.

Undoing the Shame Spiral: Working with a Narcissistic Client Trapped in a Self-Hating Depression (2011). In D. Bloom & P. Brownell (Eds.). Continuity and Change: Gestalt Therapy Now. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

The Masterson Approach: Defining the Terms (2004). In J.F. Masterson and A. R. Lieberman (Eds.), A Therapist’s Guide to the Personality Disorders: The Masterson Approach. Phoenix, AZ: Zeig, Tucker and Theisen, Inc.

Recent Presentations and Workshops

Personality Disorders and the Interpersonal Gestalt: Borderline, Narcissistic and Schizoid Adaptations (Feb. 6, 2016). Presentation for the Gestalt Institute of the Gulf Coast.

Gestalt Diagnosis: 3-Day Workshop on Borderline, Narcissistic and Schizoid Adaptations (Oct. 16-18, 2016). Stockholm, Sweden. Sponsored by the Gestaltakademin Skaninavien.

Gestalt Diagnosis: 3-Day Workhop on Borderline, Narcissistic and Schizoid Adaptations (Oct. 21-23, 2016). Bommersvik, Sweden. Sponsored by the Gestaltakademin Skaninavien.

Tarot and Gestalt Therapy: Using the Archetypes as a Gestalt Mirror (Nov. 16, 2014). New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy.

How to Work with the Narcissistic Client: A Gestalt Therapy Approach to Identifying and Treating Narcissistic Adaptation. (Sept. 3, 2014). Full Day Pre-Conference Workshop at AAGT 12th Biennial International Conference 2014 at Asilomar, CA.

How to Use Gestalt Therapy Theory to Help Clients with Borderline Adaptations Identify and Reach Meaningful Goals (Sept. 5, 2014). Invited Presenter at AAGT 12th Biennial International Conference 2014 at Asilomar, CA.

Gestalt Therapy with Borderline, Narcissistic and Schizoid Adaptations—3-Day Workshop (July 2013). Cardiff, Wales. Sponsored by the Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership.

Gestalt Therapy with Borderline, Narcissistic and Schizoid Adaptations—3-Day Workshop (July 2013). York, England. Sponsored by the Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership.

Tarot and Gestalt Therapy (April 25, 2013). Presentation at the 2013 Readers Studio: Tarot and Psychology Conference.

Borderline Personality Adaptations (May 2012). Full Day Pre-Conference Workshop at AAGT 11th Biennial International Conference 2012 at Puebla, Mexico.