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Women, Gender & Psychoanalysis

Section III has been a leading voice in women and gender in psychoanalysis for over 30 years


board of directors


Meredith Darcy, LCSW-R


Meredith Darcy is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. Early in her practice, she worked exclusively with children, adolescents, and families and later began working extensively with patients with eating disorders. Currently her practice focuses on women’s experience and identity. She writes and presents papers nationally at psychoanalytic conferences; her writing explores the therapist’s affect, the body, idealization of motherhood, gender studies, and subjectivity. Her most current published work is in Joseph Newirth’s 2018 book, From Sign to Symbol: Transformational Process in Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, and Psychology and the 2017 Routledge book, A Womb of Her Own: A Women’s Struggle for Sexual and Reproductive Autonomy. She is an Associate Editor for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and faculty and supervisor at The Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at The William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology.

Representative to the Division 39 Board

Marilyn Metzl, Ph.D.
Email: marilynmetzl@sbcglobal.net

Kansas City Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Kansas City, MO


Ellen Toronto, Ph.D.
Email: etoronto@umich.edu

Private Practice, Ann Arbor, MI


Aries Liao

Aries is dedicated to building communities and gender, racial, disability and economic justice.  She is a psychotherapist with 17 years of combined experience in clinical, group and community social work, and has received her PhD in Social Welfare and Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Aries has also been trained at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology in psychoanalysis. She has ample experience in providing individual and family therapy for people with developmental disabilities, LGBTQIA folx and people of color. She is the cofounder of Q-WAVE - a community organization for the empowerment of API LBTQ folx in NYC, and The Asian Pride Project - a project dedicated to capture stories of family acceptance of API LGBTQIA families through the artistic use of film, video, photography and the written word as a medium for social justice and advocacy. Aries has served on the executive board of The National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) and is an active steering committee member involved in developing and facilitating workshops and organizational planning for API Rainbow Parents (PFLAG NYC).


Hopeton Shaw

Hopeton Shaw is a psychotherapist and certified psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City (NYC) and a fully accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. He initially trained and qualified as a psychotherapist in London, England. Hopeton has worked in the National Health Service (NHS) specialising in adult and adolescent sexual health. In London, he also worked in private practice and garnered extensive psychotherapy experience working with diverse populations - individuals and couples. Hopeton is a graduate of The William Alanson White Institute. He holds a keen interest on issues of race, gender and sexuality within and without the consulting room.


Daseta Gray

Daseta Gray has a passion for teaching, more specifically education. She has been in the field of early childhood education for over 25 years. She began working as a teacher’s Aid when she first began in Childcare. For the past 15 years she has been directing childcare programs. In 2011 she started her consulting business, Sabree Education Services. She assists in establishing new childcare centers, ensuring the center is compliant with the city’s mandatory requirements. She is a certified Infant Toddler Specialist working with caregivers to help them understand that the first three years are critical for brain development. Helping them be more intentional with how they engage with families and the children with social & emotional development. She facilitates baby and wee™ class which focuses on getting babies ready for school, by giving them social, emotional and cognitive skills that are needed for school. Sabree has initiated the First 2000 Days NY™ Campaign (0-5years) in New York and Baby & Wee™ classes. She previously cohosted the Urban Kids Journeys radio program that discusses the first 2000 days and beyond. She and her daughter created a parent blog. They also do staff development, Tea & Tots™ and community discussions. She is the co-Founder of Urban Kids Journeys, a non-profit organization providing experiences with a focus on brain development and play to help develop social and emotional skills to historically underrepresented families. She is a psychoanalyst PhD candidate at the Harlem Family Institute; she sees the link between history and mental health and a way to help families and childcare providers make the connection to be more intentional.


Shara Sand

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in New York State (# 012174-1) and received my doctorate in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY. My Postdoctoral training in Medical Psychology/AIDS was completed at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center, NYC. I hold a Master's Degree in Music and my interests in psychology, music, gender and sexuality are an integral part of my work. I have a wide variety of experience as a clinician, teacher, writer and speaker and offer services in several specialty areas. Memberships include the American Psychological Association, the New York State Psychological Association, the Performing Arts Medicine Association, Association for the Study of Dreams, and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802.


Naomi Snider

Naomi Snider is co-author of "why does patriarchy persist?" a book exploring the psychological dimensions and impact of patriarchy written with world renowned feminist psychologist Carol Gilligan. With a commitment to advancing a social justice oriented approach to psychoanalysis, Naomi has published articles on gender and the intersection of politics and psychology for psychoanalytic audiences and in national media outlets. She is a research fellow at NYU Steinhardt school of culture, education and human development and co-founder of NYU's radical listening project. Naomi is a candidate in psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute.


Margaret Carr, PhD

Margaret Carr, Ph, D., is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Princeton, NJ. She completed her psychoanalytic training at New York University’s Postdoctoral program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She has particular interests in gender and sexuality, the use of mindfulness practices in treatment and the continuation of meaningful living in the later stages of life.


Ruth Helein
Email: sectioniiidiv39@gmail.com

Ruth Helein has 38 years of experience in Association Management, Meeting Planning, and Volunteer Engagement. She is the current Executive Administrator for Section III, Division 39– as well as the Executive Administrator for the Division of Psychoanalysis. She has been working with the Division and Sections for over 23 years.

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