Biography

Dr. Danielle Knafo is a clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst, a professor and supervisor, and an author.

She is currently a professor in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus and faculty and supervisor at NYU’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

She has written numerous books and articles on many subjects, including the psychology of art; women’s self-representation in art; creativity in psychotherapy; unconscious fantasies; working with trauma, immigration, and psychosis. More recently she has turned her focus to the effects of technology on the human psyche and relational life. A popular speaker, she is invited to lecture and conduct workshops nationally and abroad. She also advises novice as well as professional authors who are developing writing projects, both academic and creative.

She has been honored for her work with many awards and prizes, including the American Psychoanalytic Association’s CORST essay prize in psychoanalysis and culture, the Swedish Barbro Sandin prize for training professionals to work with psychosis, the Abraham Krasnoff Scholarly Achievement Award for In Her Own Image, and the Abraham Krasnoff Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor given to LIU faculty.

Dr. Knafo has extensive experience treating diverse patient populations in a number of psychiatric institutions and clinics and in the court system and, thus, brings a wealth of knowledge to her private practice. Her own multicultural background has been an asset in working in ethnically and linguistically diverse cultural settings (she is fluent in four languages). She maintains her private practice in Great Neck and Manhattan, New York, specializing in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. She also treats artists, survivors of trauma, immigrants, and those suffering severe psychopathology and perversions. She works with adults, adolescents, individuals, couples and families.

Dr. Knafo is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association, the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Adelphi’s Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, the Israel Psychoanalytic Institute, the Tel-Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, the American Psychological Association (including Division 39), and the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (for which she is a member of the Board of Examiners).

An interview with Dr. Knafo (pdf)

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