About Me

About Daniel a LehrmanI am a psychotherapist and licensed psychoanalyst and have been working with people in psychotherapy and counseling for more than 15 years. I feel honored with each new client to be part of the marvelous process of inner and outer growth.
My clients bring a wide range of challenges: relationship difficulties, family conflict, past traumas, depression and anxiety, obsessive and compulsive behavior, life transitions of all kinds, and many more. While I draw on a variety of therapeutic approaches, my main orientation is toward psychodynamic therapy. I am currently incorporating insights and methods from Internal Family Systems therapy, as well.
Alongside clinical training, my earlier background as a rabbi in Judaism's liberal Reform movement has influenced my vision of psychotherapy. Psychology and spirituality can overlap in many ways, and in fact the roots of psychology are in the world's spiritual traditions. The hunger for meaning, for personal authenticity, for connection to other people and to the world, and for a deeper experience of being alive – these are needs that overflow any category or label, be it psychology, spirituality, philosophy, or any other. I have also been influenced by my studies in Eastern traditions, and I use a variety of mindfulness techniques with clients who want to learn them.
My training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis was at the Westchester Institute in Bedford Hills, NY, where I have been on the teaching faculty. My previous studies were at Hebrew Union College, St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM, and at Vassar College; I also completed graduate work in Classics at the University of Minnesota. I am a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). I teach and lead workshops in the New York area.
I am working on a book entitled If Brutality Is Human, a psychospiritual exploration of the universal human capacity for brutal behavior.


PUBLICATIONS:

“Release from Bondage: On Sex, Suffering, and Sanctity”
The Sacred Encounter: Jewish Perspectives on Sexuality, Lisa Grushcow, ed., (New York: CCAR Press, 2014).

“Alone Together"
The Sacred Encounter: Jewish Perspectives on Sexuality, Lisa Grushcow, ed., (New York: CCAR Press, 2014).

“If Brutality Is Human”
Sacred Texts & Human Contexts A North American Response to a Common Word between Us and You, Nathan R. Kollar and Muhammad Shafiq, eds., (Rochester, New York: Nazareth College, 2014).

EVENTS:

DEC 9, 2014
PANELIST, BOOK LAUNCH, "THE SACRED ENCOUNTER: JEWISH PERSPECTIVES ON SEXUALITY"
Congregation Rodeph Sholom, New York City.

JUN 12, 2014
"MATERIAL WEALTH AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH: ON THE SPIRITUAL COSTS OF PROSPERITY”
Delivered at "Sacred Texts and Human Contexts” conference, Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey.

JUN 25 2013
“IF BRUTALITY IS HUMAN”
Sacred Texts and Human Contexts Conference, Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY

NOV 3 2013
“SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS OF BDSM SEXUALITY”
Westchester Association of Clinical Social Workers

MAR 9 2013
“JUDAISM AS WELLSPRING OF PSYCHOANALYSIS”
Westchester Institute Symposium on Spirituality and Psychotherapy, Mt. Kisco, NY

OCT 27 2012
“MY NEIGHBOR, MY SELF: GENEROSITY, FEAR, AND GROWTH”
NAAP Annual Conference, NYC