A virtual therapy collective for an urban digital world
At the turn of the last century, while seeing patients in Vienna and writing The Interpretation of Dreams, the young Freud escaped the city to take walks in Weinerwald, "the Vienna Woods." It was from this environment that Freud worked out his theories about the unconscious world hidden in dreams.
In 2019, I moved my practice from Manhattan to a space in Greenpoint Landing I named, "The Wald." Situated above the East River, I considered how urban spaces impact mental wellness and emotional recovery; how certain virtual environments allowed my patients to explore dreams or confront fears; and how changes in the geography of the city were making it harder to fit therapy sessions into a work week.
At the same time I also began to connect virtually with colleagues who were interested in the early work of Freud. It was out of this need to imagine new ways to carve out therapeutic spaces that I created "The Young Freuds," a virtual therapy collective.
The Young Freuds
Andrew Anson, MD
Andrew is board-certified psychiatrist, a psycho-oncology attending at Yale New Haven Health, a 5th-year psychoanalytic candidate at the William Alanson White Institute, a published clinical writer and designer at the ADO Workspace where he launched The Wald. He now offers psychotherapy, virtual analysis, telepsychiatry and psychopharmacology in Greenpoint Landing to individuals with mood and anxiety disorders, grief, trauma, addiction, postpartum struggles, gender and sexual issues, and other relationship difficulties.
Katharina Rothe, PhD
Katharina is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst and psychosocial researcher. She is a graduate of psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute, where she also teaches the course Gender, Sex & Sexuality. Alongside maintaining a private practice in New York City, she is widely published in academic journals and books on psychoanalysis, qualitative methods in psychoanalytic social research, sex and gender, anti-Semitism, racism, the aftermath of National Socialism and the Holocaust.
Mollie Schneider, LCSW
Mollie is a psychoanalyst and licensed clinical social worker. She is a graduate of the William Alanson White Institute. She has also studied family therapy at the Ackerman Family Institute. She has extensive experience in a variety of treatment settings and with people of various ages and backgrounds, including expertise with pre and post natal issues, relationship prob-lems, and narcissism.
Candela Bonaccorso, PsyD
Candela is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. She is a graduate of the William Alanson White Institute. She completed the NYU-Bellevue pre-doctoral internship in 2007, and worked at a dual diagnosis clinic and subsequently at the World Trade Center Mental Health Program. While there, she provided individual and group psychotherapy to Spanish-speaking and English-speaking patients and she supervised psychology interns and externs, social workers, and psychiatry residents until 2012, when she departed from Bellevue to focus on her private practice.