Jonathan H. Slavin, Ph.D., ABPP
Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Consultation


Psychotherapy in-office or on Skype with adults, couples, and  adolescents


Treatment of trauma and sexual abuse

Clinical consultation and supervision for working therapists

Life Audits (see below for description)


Jonathan H. Slavin, Ph.D., P.C.

1234 Walnut Street

Newton Highlands, MA 02461

Phone: 617-527-6972

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Skype name: jhslavin



Jonathan H. Slavin, Ph.D., ABPP, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts. 

His experience includes more than 3 decades as Director of the Tufts University Counseling Center, overseeing counseling and psychotherapy services to more than 25,000 clients and training for hundreds of mental health professionals.

In addition, Dr. Slavin served twice as the President of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association. He was the Founding President of the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and served as Vice-President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.   

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Slavin teaches therapists and psychoanalysts, consults, conducts workshops, and lectures across the United States and several countries around the world (Israel, Palestinian Authority, Russia, China, Canada, Armenia, Turkey, Romania, Italy, Mexico, and the United Kingdom).

Dr. Slavin is on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and is Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Adjunct Clinical Professor, New York University, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Slavin also serves as a Consulting Psychologist to the Ministry of Health, State of Israel, and the mental health staff of the Israel Defence Forces. He has served most recently as Visiting Lecturer at the Tel-Aviv University School for Psychotherapy; The Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center: the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute; Northwestern University School of Medicine; The Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Istanbul Bilgi University; the New Mexico Psychoanalytic Society; the University of Turin and Turin Psychoanalytical Center; the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, New York; the School for Comparative Psychotherapy, Florence, Italy; the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis; and the University of Oxford.


Dr. Slavin’s published work has focused on fundamental human elements in the treatment process including love, sexuality, desire, truthfulness, and their role in the repair of disrupted experiences of personal agency in the patient's life.

He has also published and lectured in the areas of psychoanalytic technique, adolescent development, treatment of adolescents, treatment of adult survivors of trauma and sexual abuse, and psychotherapy and psychoanalytic training and supervision.


Slavin, M. and Slavin, J. (1976). Two patterns of adaptation in late adolescent borderline personalities. Psychiatry, 39, 41-50.

Slavin, J. (1992). Unintended consequences of psychoanalytic training. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 28, 616-630.

Slavin, J. (1994). On making rules: Towards a reformulation of the dynamics of transference in psychoanalytic treatment. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 4, 253-274.

Slavin, J. (1996). Readiness for psychoanalytic treatment in late adolescence: Developmental and adaptive considerations. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 13, 35-51.

Slavin, J. and Pollock, L. (1997). The poisoning of desire: The destruction of agency and the recovery of psychic integrity in sexual abuse. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 33, 573-593.

Slavin, J. (1997). Models of learning and psychoanalytic traditions: Can reform be sustained in psychoanalytic training? Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 7, 803-817.

Slavin, J., Rahmani, M. and Pollock, L. (1998). Reality and danger in psychoanalytic treatment. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 67: 191-217.

Slavin, J. (1998). Influence and vulnerability in psychoanalytic supervision and treatment. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 15: 230-244.

Pollock, L. and Slavin, J. (1998). The struggle for recognition: Disruption and reintegration in the experience of agency. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 8: 857-873.

Slavin, J. (2002) The innocence of sexuality. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 72:51-80.

Slavin, J., Oxenhandler, N., Seligman, S., Stein, R., and Davies, J.M. (2004). Dialogues of sexuality in development and treatment. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 5: 371-418.

Slavin, J., Oxenhandler, N., Seligman, S., Stein, R., and Davies, J.M. (2006). Dialogues of sexuality
in development and treatment II: Clinical application. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 7:259-289.

Slavin, J. (2007). The Imprisonment and liberation of love: The dangers and possibilities of love in the psychoanalytic relationship. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 27:197-218.

Slavin, J. (2007). Psychoanalytic training: The absence of thirdness. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 17:595–609.

Slavin, J. (2007). Reclaiming desire: Love is not enough. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 17:811–824.

Slavin, J. (2007). Between Scylla and Charybdis : Reply to commentaries. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 17:859–866.

Slavin, J. (2010). Becoming an individual: Technically subversive thoughts on the role of the analyst’s influence. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 20:308–324.

Slavin, J. (2012). Reading the mind and reading Freud: Some reflections on the work of Irene Fast. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 48, 199-212.

Slavin, J. (2012). It is all personal: Further thoughts on therapeutic action: Commentary on paper by Noelle Burton. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 22:679-686.

Slavin, J. (2013). Moments of Truth and Perverse Scenarios in Psychoanalysis: Revisiting Davies’ ‘Love in the Afternoon.’ Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 23:139-149.

Slavin, J. (2014). “If someone is there” On finding and having one’s own mind. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 11:23–34.

Slavin, J. & Rahmani. M. (2015). “The legitimate guiding forces of one’s behavior in the world”: Discussion of “Generative enactment: Memories from the future” by Aron and Atlas. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 25:325-334.

Slavin, J. & Rahmani, M. (2016). Slow dancing: Mind, body, and sexuality in a new relational psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Perspectives., 13:152-167.

Slavin, J. (2016). “I have been trying to get them to respond to me" Sexuality and agency in psychoanalysis. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 52:1-20.

Slavin, J. & Rahmani, M. (2016). Those 45 minutes changed my life: The meeting of Sigmund Freud and Margarethe Lutz. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 13: 291-293.


Slavin, J. (2016). “I never felt I should think about Freud” From authority to liberation in psychoanalytic work. Psychoanalytic Perspectives,13: 321-325.


Slavin, J. & Rahmani, M. (2016). Finding Margarethe Lutz, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 13: 336-341.


Slavin, J. (in preparation). What do people want: My Aunt Sophie and the place of agency in human life.

Slavin, J. (in preparation). "My parents knew nothing about me... and neither did I." Reflections on the question of "Cure" and agency in psychoanalysis.

Slavin, J. (in preparation). Psychoanalytic controversies and the developmental trajectory: Agency, tearfulness and sexuality.


Slavin, J. (1990). Authority and Identity in the Establishment of Psychoanalytic Training: Questions Regarding Training Models. In: Meisels, M., and Shapiro, E., Tradition and Innovation in Psychoanalytic Education, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Hillside, NJ.

Slavin, J. (1994). Professional Identity in Transition: Psychoanalytic Education and Training in the Division of Psychoanalysis. In: Lane, R., and Meisels, M., On the History of the Division of Psychoanalysis in American Psychology, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Hillside, NJ.

Slavin, J. (1997). Memory, Dissociation and Agency in Sexual Abuse. In: Gartner, R. Memories of Sexual Betrayal: Truth, Fantasy, Repression, and Dissociation. New York: Aronson.

Slavin, J. (2007). Personal Agency and the Posession of Memory. In: Mendels, D. and Soreq, H. Memory: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishers (Revised and updated version of chapter published in Gartner, 1997, above).

Slavin, J. (2011). The innocence of sexuality. In L. Aron & A. Harris (Eds.), Relational Psychoanalysis, Vol. 4Expansion of Theory (pp. 45–67). New York: Routledge. (Originally published in 2002, in Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 72, 51–80.).

Slavin, J. (2011). Becoming an Individual: The Repair of Agency and the Analyst’s Personal Influence. ("L’influenza personale dell’analista nel risvegliare la capacità di “presa personale” (agency) dell’individuo"). In: Borgogno, F. Ed: Who is Going to Commit Harahiri? Torino: Bollati Boringhieri.

Slavin, J. and Rahmani, M. (2017). Moments of Truth in Psychoanalytic Treatment. In: Moments of Meeting, Ed: Susan Lord. Routledge Relational Perspectives Series, Philadelphia, PA.


Licensed Psychologist - Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Certificate in Psychoanalysis - Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Board Certified in Psychoanalysis, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).


Life Audits

A specialized service for mid-career adults, approximately 40-60, who wish to review and consider the direction of their professional and personal lives in a time limited, structured process of personal exploration. Please inquire for further information.