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Shulamit Rishik,
Bilingual Psychoanalyst

Bilingual Extension

Office: 350 Central Park West, New York, 1F, NY 10025

Tel: (212)665-6693
Fax: (212)787-6867


I am a New York State licensed psychotherapist, practicing in Manhattan.

I hold an M.A. from Hunter College School of Social Work and an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University. I completed the 5-year Advanced Training Program at the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS), a psychotherapy clinic, and received a Certificate in Child and Family Psychotherapy. I am a senior candidate at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NP AP), a Psychoanalytic Institute. I delivered a paper on "Identity In a State of Transition" at a conference of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), in San Diego, CA, '96.

I have many years of clinical experience working with children/adolescents and their families in various clinical settings. Being an adoptive mother, my work is informed both by professional and personal experience. I am familiar with the complex emotional issues and challenges that adoption holds for adoptive parents as well as children.

I am particularly familiar with the Russian orphanage system and have directly observed children of various ages in that setting. As a bicultural parent born in Russia, I am familiar with the child-rearing practices and societal and cultural norms in Russia which differ in many respects from those in American culture. This helps me to identify and tease out behavior patterns of adopted children that are routed in Russian cultural norms, rather than personal characteristics. I consulted numerous Host Families during their challenging transitional period of decision-making. As an outgrowth of this relationship, when needed I continue seeing families in their post-adoptive stage. I continue to orient and sensitize adoptive parents to the social and psychological issues that often define and characterize behavior patterns of post-institutional children. In consultation and in further ongoing therapeutic work, the central issue, among others, of how to bond in healthy ways that color and define interaction between parents and children is addressed.

I also work with couples and single individuals during their difficult time of making a psychological transition from infertility treatment to adoption as a possible option.

I have considerable experience with the following issues specific to adoption:

  • Parents' consultation
  • Child/family psychotherapy
  • Developmental problems
  • Childhood Depression
  • Identification and treatment of Reactive Attachment Disorder or features of that disorder
  • Overanxious Disorder of Childhood
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Behavior issues


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