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Lisa Jill Marcus LCSW-R

Psychotherapist ~ Psychoanalyst ~ Clinical Supervisor

I am a psychotherapist licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey.  I also offer clinical supervision and psychoanalysis.  My private practice began part-time, in 2003, today, it is full-time.  My focus is on working with adults, adolescents, couples and families.  

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I recognize the mind-body connection and attachment dynamics, and support the vibrancy and diversity of my patients. I believe that integrity, wisdom, the capacity for play and to love, and the freedom to pursue what you desire, grow out of good psychotherapy. Self-confidence, spontaneity and being comfortable in your own skin, are other outgrowths of working together. 


I am dedicated to ongoing self-reflection and learning; with hope that the field of psychotherapy evolves beyond the white, Western European perspectives it was established in and which still predominate. Black Lives Matter. Black Bodies Matter.

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In working together I recognize the mind-body connection. I am also aware of attachment dynamics and respect your uniqueness as an individual. Including, the diversity of your culture and family history.  


Good psychotherapy enhances your integrity. It grows your wisdom, increases your capacity for play and love, and frees you to pursue what you desire. Spontaneity, becoming comfortable in your own skin, are often benefits of working together.

I am dedicated to my own self-reflection and learning. My hope is that the field of psychotherapy will continue to evolve and expand beyond its White, Western European roots. 

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'We cannot be taught wisdom; we have to discover it for ourselves on a journey which no one can undertake for us, an effort which no one can spare us.'

Marcel Proust

Lisa Jill Marcus LCSW-R

Psychotherapist ~ Psychoanalyst ~ Clinical Supervisor

​I have broad experience in the field over twenty five years. This includes my work in private practice, family agencies and other clinical settings. I offer short and long term treatment for problems in living and relating. My approach is relational, with a mind-body, whole person perspective.  


My practice includes providing clinical supervision, which I enjoy. For many years, I have done a a lot of work with couples and people in conflict. The intention is healing stuck relational dynamics. This might be at any stage of a relationship.


Other areas of focus are:

  • Relational trauma, intergenerational trauma and PTSD

  • Anxieties

  • Depressive tendencies

  • Perfectionism

  • Unresolved grief

  • Transitions to motherhood

  • Inhibited self-expression

  • Eating Issues and Distorted Body Image


I have lived abroad. From this experience, I work quite well with expats around questions of identity, acculturation and belonging. In the past five years, I have worked with many people who have lost a parent during early adulthood. My other area of great interest and focus is working with new mothers and babies, and supporting those deciding whether or not to have children.

Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have about my background.


Master of Social Work

Clinical Practice and Community Organization

Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, 1995

Post-Graduate Training:

  • Dr. Beatrice Beebe, Seminars in Attachment Research, 2018-2020

  • Training Institute for Mental Health, Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2017

  • New York UniversitySeminar in Field Instruction (SIFI Certification), 2016

Clinical Experience:

  • ​​Private Practice, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Clinical Supervision, Consultation, 2003-present

  • Training Institute for Mental Health, Couples Therapy Training Program, Clinical Supervisor, 2018 - 2021

  • Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, Psychotherapist, Families, Adolescents, 2012 - 2015 

  • Social Work PRN: Family Intervention Specialist, Medical Caseworker, EAP Counselor, 2000- 2007

  • NYC Office of Labor Relations, Project NY Cope, Counseler, 2002 – 2003

  • Children in Schools Counseling Center, Psychotherapist, 2001 – 2002

  • Jewish Family Service of Metro West,Caseworker, New Immigrants, 1991​​

  • New York Hospital
, Mental Health Worker, Adolescent In-Patient, 1989


Other Experience:

  • UJA Federation of NY, Wiener Educational Center, Manager, Project Yonah, Trauma Training, 2014-2016     

  • Hospice Volunteer Training, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, 2010

  • Spiritual Care for Caregivers, RIGPA Fellowship, 2002

  • Vipassana Meditation 10 Day Silent Retreat, 1999

  • Arad Arts Project, Israel, Artist in Residence, 1998-2000

  • United Jewish Communities, Director Community Campaign Services, Speaker's Bureau, 1992-1998


  • International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

  • American Psychological Association, Div. 39, Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology

  • International Focusing Institute

  • US Association for Body Psychotherapy

  • Babies Project

  • Training Institute for Mental Health Psychoanalytic Society


  • Focusing Oriented Therapy, Teacher and Trainer, 2019

  • Brennan Healing, Character Dynamics and Energy Psychology, 2004


  • New York Times Op Ed, ‘Women and the Glass Ceiling4/20/95


  • Training Institute for Mental Health, Live Supervision,  May 19, 2016

  • Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Alumni Colloquium, Self Care for the Caregiver 2005

  • Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Community Organization Theory in Action, 1997


  • Introduction to Focusing Oriented Therapy for Clinicians.


Special Interests: movement, creativity, decision making, dreams, infancy, language, migration and cooperation.

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To contact me please phone or submit your information. I am happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.

Manhattan and  Brooklyn

Gramercy Park ~ Park Slope

(646) 760-4257

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