Treating Pathological Narcissism with Transference-Focused Psychotherapy
New Release! Innovative treatment approach based on TFP
Diana Diamond, Ph.D. is a psychoanalytic clinician, professor, and researcher. Dr. Diamond specializes in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and supervision. In her private practice, she treats patients who are experiencing conflicts around normative life cycle transitions (e.g., puberty, marriage, parenthood) and who have difficulties with intimacy, identity formation, and goal definition. She also works with patients with severe problems in interpersonal functioning and self- and affect-regulation. She also treats couples and families. Her general therapeutic orientation is informed by contemporary psychoanalytic object relations theory, which integrates the contributions of attachment theory and cognitive neuroscience.
She is Professor Emerita in the doctoral program at the City University of New York (CUNY) and Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is also on the faculty at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NYSPI) and the New School for Social Research. She is Senior Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Personality Disorders Institute (PDI), an international research and clinical training center at the Weill Cornell Medical College, where she has helped to develop Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) for patients with personality disorders. Recently, Dr. Diamond and her colleagues have adapted TFP to meet the special challenges of patients with narcissistic disorders.
Dr. Diamond has published widely and lectured internationally on the theory and treatment of personality disorders, pathological narcissism, attachment and mentalization, gender and sexuality, and cinema and psychoanalysis. She is the author or editor of four books, including most recently Treating Pathological Narcissism with Transference Focused Psychotherapy (Guilford Press, 2021).
Awards include the Research Award from Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association and the Aaron Stern distinguished visiting professor award from Weill Cornell Medical College in recognition of her contributions to understanding the etiology and treatment of narcissistic disorders.
She is also an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and a member of TFP-New York, a group dedicated to the study, development, and teaching of an object-relations approach to psychotherapy.
She serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Psychoanalytic Inquiry and is co-vice President of the Margaret Mahler Foundation.
Research and Treatment Interests
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults, adolescents, and couples (in person and teletherapy)
- Treatment and research on personality disorders (specifically, Narcissistic and Borderline PD)
- Women’s mental health and issues around gender sexuality, and co-education (issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause)
- Cinema and psychoanalysis: the cinematic representations of historical and individual trauma, the female gaze
- Adult developmental transitions (marriage, divorce, retirement, loss and mourning)
- Executive coaching and organizational consultation
- Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst in Private Practice
- Professor Emerita – Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, City University of New York
- Senior Fellow – Personality Disorders Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College
- Adjunct Professor – New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
- Faculty Member – New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
- Adjunct Professor of Clinical Practice (Part-Time) – New School for Social Research
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