Our Culture

Our organizational culture embodies what we teach – in how we act as clinicians, as teachers, as peer consultants, as committee members, and as administrators. We believe that interactions between people are constructed jointly by the participants. That each person brings to the moment his, her, or their respective explicit and implicit processes. We recognize the mutual influence and regulation in personal and clinical engagements. In order to understand and promote growth, we value being open to knowing ourselves, being empathic with others, and developing a collaborative and honest experience. We read and discuss together literature on theory and practice in the areas of self and relational psychologies, development and neuroscience. We seek to hold theory in mind as we sense our way into our patients’ experiences and into our connections with one another. We embody our values of scholarship, warmth and respect for anything human.

ICP+P is continually seeking to diversify its membership. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the field of psychotherapy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and psychological outcomes for all, including people from historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work. ICP+P does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic background.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to create an open, welcoming community for professionals of all mental health disciplines, grounded in the study of self psychology, relational and other contemporary psychodynamic models. Through education and training, we advance the practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in order to improve people’s lives.


The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) was founded in 1994 by Joseph Lichtenberg and Rosemary Segalla, along with a multi-disciplined group of mental health professionals. Their purpose was to create a friendly and respectful community for psychotherapists to explore both the contemporary theories and techniques of self and relational psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. That same year, ICP began its advanced training program in psychotherapy; in 1998, ICP+P added the word “psychoanalytic” to its name and began the psychoanalytic training program; in 2000 we added advanced training in couples treatment; and in 2014 we initiated the Fellowship program.

If you’d like to hear more about ICP+P’s history, click here for a recent talk by Roger Segalla, Director Emeritus.