Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy

The Faculty

Richard G. Erskine
Richard G. Erskine, Ph.D., Training Director at the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy, is a clinical psychologist with four decades of experience in the clinical practice and teaching of psychotherapy. He has specialized in the treatment of severely disturbed children, run a therapeutic community in a maximum security prison, and conducted a psychotherapy practice specializing in the treatment of obsession, dissociation, and schizoid processes.

In 1972, as a professor at the University of Illinois, Dr. Erskine developed the initial concepts of Integrative Psychotherapy. By 1976 he established the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy in New York City and, along with members of the Professional Development Seminars, continued the development, research and refinement of a relational and integrative psychotherapy. Each year Dr. Erskine teaches formal courses and experiential workshops on the theory and methods in several countries around the world. He is a licensed Psychoanalyst, certified Transactional Analyst, internationally recognized Gestalt Therapist, and a certified Group Psychotherapist. He is the author of five books and numerous articles on the practice of psychotherapy.
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Joshua Zavin
Joshua Zavin, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Morristown, New Jersey. He has a general practice with adults, seeing individuals and couples. He works primarily from an integrative psychotherapy model, and incorporates specialty areas of substance abuse treatment, and body-work approaches to therapy into his work. Joshua is a Founding Member, and a Teaching and Supervising faculty member of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association. He is currently the President of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association, and is the past Director of Communications. He is also the past President, Program Chair and Membership Chair of the Morris County Psychological Association. Joshua has given talks and done workshops on Substance Abuse, Relational Group Therapy, Optimism, Trauma and Mind-Body approaches to treatment at U.S. and international conferences.
Joan Adria D’Amico
Joan Adria D’Amico, LCSW, is a clinical social worker with an additional MA in Human Sexuality, Marriage and Family Life. She has been in both agency and private practice of psychotherapy for over three decades. She has organized support groups for women in county and state prisons, developed and taught curricula in human sexuality at universities in New York City, Westchester and Rockland counties, acted as field placement supervisor for schools of social work, and lectured on topics of mental health and psychotherapy in the US and Europe. She is an Integrative Psychotherapist specializing in individual, group, and couples therapy. She provides consultation for professionals and maintains an ongoing supervision group for advanced practitioners. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association and co-founder of Integrative Psychotherapy Associates in New York.
Burkhard Hofmann
Burkhard Hofmann, M.D., practices Integrative Psychotherapy in Hamburg, Germany. He has clinical experience in Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, and Psychiatry. He was responsible for introducing body-oriented group psychotherapy into the German hospital system for the treatment of chronic back pain. Currently, he is interested in the intergenerational effects of cultural trauma. An accomplished violinist himself, he treats many people in the performing arts. He is co-founder of Integrative Psychotherapy Associates in New York and Hamburg, Germany. Currently, he is interested in the intergenerational effects of cultural trauma and applying integrative psychotherapy in the treatment of patients from a background other than christian-jewish culture. He is an active member of the Professional Development Seminar that meets in Nottingham, England.
Janet P. Moursund
Janet P. Moursund, Ph.D., (faculty emeritus) is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor Emerita in Counseling Psychology at the University of Oregon. Before her retirement from the University, she also conducted a private psychotherapy practice in Eugene, Oregon. She is the founder of the Eugene Community Counseling Center, a low-cost counseling facility now celebrating its 25th year of continuous operation. Dr. Moursund has authored ten books in various areas of psychology and psychotherapy, including three describing the theory and practice of relationship-focused integrative psychotherapy (two co-authored with Richard Erskine; one co-authored with Richard Erskine and Rebecca Trautmann). Her book, The Practice of Counseling and Therapy, is now in its fourth edition.
Marye O’Reilly-Knapp
Marye O’Reilly-Knapp, PhD, RN , is a psychotherapist with a private practice in New Jersey. Recently retired from Widener University, she was awarded Associate Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing. She is a board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in psychiatric and mental health nursing, certified Clinical Transactional Analyst, and certified Group Psychotherapist. She has published articles in professional journals on social support, trauma, dissociation, the schizoid process, and Integrative Psychotherapy. She has taught throughout the United States, Canada, and parts of Europe. She is currently training psychotherapists in Moscow and Ryazan, Russia.

In 1981 Marye joined the Integrative Psychotherapy seminar and for the last twenty-four years was a member of the Professional Development Seminar. She is a Founding Member, and a Teaching and Supervisory faculty member of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association. She is presently serving on the Board and is assistant editor of the IP Journal.
Carol Merle-Fishman
Carol Merle-Fishman, M.A., CMT, LCAT, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, certified in Integrative Psychotherapy, Clinical Transactional Analysis and Music Therapy. In the early part of her career, she worked in a variety of hospital and clinical settings as a Music Therapy Consultant and Supervisor, and held faculty positions in a number of undergraduate and graduate Music Therapy programs. She is a past president of the American Association for Music Therapy. In the early 1980's she began her study of Transactional Analysis and Integrative Psychotherapy, expanding her work to include these modalities. She currently maintains a private practice in Cortlandt Manor, NY where she works with individuals, groups and couples, offering Integrative Psychotherapy, Music Therapy and clinical supervision. A frequent presenter at national and international conferences, she has published articles on both Music Therapy and Integrative Psychotherapy and is the co-author of The Music Within You. Carol is a Founding Member and a Teaching and Supervising faculty member of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association.
Sandra Watson
Sandra Watson is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. She has, for a little over 20 years, maintained a private practice in the East Midlands region of the UK. Her practice includes working with individuals, couples and groups both in her private practice and agency contracts. She also provides clinical supervision to therapists nationwide. Sandra’s original trainings over a seven-year period were Psychodynamic Counselling followed immediately by Gestalt Psychotherapy training. In 1994 she began integrating these two approaches and many more during the last 17 years, providing her with a comprehensive understanding of Integrative Psychotherapy and a theory of methods, her quest for excellence is on going and continues today!

She was a core tutor and Director of Matrix College (East Anglia UK), 2006 through 2010 providing an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling training programme to BSc (Hons) degree level, Sandra enjoyed her role during this time and remains a visiting tutor.

Her focus has been, and still is, to provide Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling professional development programmes to those wanting to enhance their original college training. Enabling clinicians to further develop expertise in their clinical practice, in the interest of their clients, their supervisees and their own professional and personal integration. Sandra is a Founding Member of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association and a Certified International Integrative Psychotherapy Trainer & Supervisor. Her belief is that professional and personal learning is a life long process and never ceases; this notion is what keeps her passion alive in continually seeking to provide an effective Integrative relational psychotherapy as a therapist and as a teacher.
Amaia Mauriz- Etxabe
Amaia Mauriz- Etxabe, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Certified European Psychotherapist who specializes in  adults, adolescents, families and group therapy.   Since 1988 she has served as the Director of the Institute Bios, Psicólogos in Bilbao (Basque Country-Spain) where for 20 years she has organized and coordinate ongoing training programs in transactional analysis, psychodrama and integrative psychotherapy in cooperation with both the Offical Colleague of Psychologist and Deusto Unuversity. Throughout her professional life she has been involved member in several professional associations; currently she serves on the Board of Trustees and is a member of the Commission of Standards and Certification of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association.  She has presented her work in group therapy, psycho-drama, and integrative psychotherapy at several national and international conferences.
Elena Maria Guarrella
Dr. Elena Maria Guarrella is a Certified Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Certified Trainer and Supervisor by the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association. Since 1978 she has worked as a Psychotherapist and Trainer in private practice and Family Consultories Services. She works with single, couples and groups with a specialization with couples therapy. She is the founder and president of the Istituto di Analisi Transazionale Integrativa (IANTI) Didactic director of its Training Area, and since 1995 leads trainings programs in Relational Integrative Psychotherapy for psychotherapists, counsellors and trainers. She is the chair of the IIPA Certification Standards Commitee Elena has published several articles in Quaderni of IANTI, author of 1 book and co-writer of 3 books.
Lise Small
Lise Small, M.A., is a certified psychologist, trainer and supervisor in Integrative Psychotherapy. Among others, her training has included Jungian analysis. She is a clinical member of the International Transactional Analysis Association, a founding member of the French Institute of Transactional Analysis, has served as vice president of the European Association of Transactional Analysis and as a member of the its Ethics committee. She spent several years on the editorial boards of the Transactional Analysis Journal and Actualités (the French Journal).

Lise maintains a private practice in Paris and works in both French and English. She has taught and led workshops in France, Spain, England and Slovenia. She is a trainer and supervisor in Integrative Psychotherapy and currently leads several training groups. As an active member and former president of an American Association of Women in Europe, she has participated in their extensive research on bilingualism, bi-cultures and the problems of dual nationalities.

Her focus as a therapist and trainer has been the in-depth comprehension of archaic relational needs and how to work with adults who have experienced extreme lack, neglect or abuse. She respects each client or trainee as a unique person, working and changing in his or her unique way, and that this is the essence of an integrated approach to psychotherapy.

Lise has published two articles:
"A Brief Sketch by an Integrative Psychotherapist”, TAJ Vol 26 No.4 October 1996
"On Being Competent even if we don't know everything", TAJ 32 No 4 October 2002
The Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, by the National Board of Certified Counselors for counselors and by the American Board of Examiners in Pastoral Counseling for pastoral counselors. The Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.