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CYNTHIA LUFT, M.A.,L.M.H.C.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

Certified Jungian Analyst

Specializing in Counseling Women 

By appointment only  212 254 3950  & 914 524 9488


Education:

Jungian Psychoanalytic Association in New York:  post-graduate diploma  (2004 - 2007)

C.G. Jung Institute of New York: Completion of coursework and comprehensive exam  (1999 - 2003) 

Vermont College:  Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology (1995 - 1997)

Pacifica Graduate Institute: Coursework in Mythological Studies (1994 -1995)

Westchester Institute for Psychotherapy: Coursework in Jungian Studies (1992-1994)


Valparaiso University: (B.A. Theology, 1982)  


Clinical Pastoral Education: 2 Units, Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY (1980)



Clinical Supervision:


Private Supervision: With a licensed psychologist and a Jungian analyst, (1995 - 1999)

Private Supervision: Work with three senior analysts during an 8 year training process-- over 500 hrs.  

Control Supervision: Work with one senior analyst on a single case for a two year period-- 88 hours.

Training Analysis: Work with a senior analyst over an 8 year training period twice weekly-- 380 hours.



Licenses and Certifications:


State of New York Mental Health Counselor (2004- Present)

Certified Jungian Analyst (2007-Present)



Professional Counseling/Psychotherapy Experience:


Private psychotherapy practices: New York City (1997 - present)

 Westchester (1997 - present) 

Successfully worked with women from all races, diverse cultures, professions and ages ranging from 18 to 86. I utilized classical psychodynamic and Jungian analytic methods, including dream interpretation, all of which provides an effective approach to health, healing and change.

Temenos Associates (1988-1992)

Lutheran Church of America, Assistant Director  for Minority Concerns (1982-1988)

National Council of Churches, Steering Committee for the Racial Justice Working Group (1982-1988)



Professional Associations:


Jungian Psychoanalytic Association- Professional Member (2007 - present)

International Association for Analytic Psychology- Professional Member (2007 - present)

Jungian Psychoanalytic Association-Candidate in Training Member (2004 - 2007)


 

Considering Therapy?


 My name is Cynthia Luft and I'd like to introduce you to my practice. My practice is dedicated to understanding the needs, psychological conflicts and concerns of women. Women, in particular, are often vulnerable to patterns of excessive giving, pleasing and compromising. Women are also vulnerable to an emphasis on perfection. Culture presents us with an overwhelming amount of images daily that tell us what the "ideal" is. Typically, women measure themselves by these standards of culture. We tend to do one of two things:  either try to fit into these conventions or judge ourselves for falling short. This influence is unavoidable even when one's individual values differ from those of culture. This results in an internal set of conflicts. And, the individual's voice, choice and power to act are compromised. 

Therapy is an opportunity to explore yourself and your concerns in an open non-judgmental atmosphere.  I create an environment that is particularly suited to a serious minded approach to helping you understand yourself, which in turn, helps you make a difference in your life.                             

By working together you can shift some of the dynamics that are detrimental to your well-being, change old ideas about yourself, alter your self-image and break out of habitual ways of thinking and feeling.  You can expect to become more aligned with your deeper values.