Discover Emotional Balance with Expressive Analysis in New York, NY
Robert Wolf is a Licensed Psychoanalyst and Creative Art Therapist and offers a unique approach to therapy that allows patients to find creative pathways to emotional wellbeing. As a highly experienced practitioner of expressive analysis in New York, NY, Dr. Wolf combines traditional talk therapy with the nonverbal forms of creative expression as an added method of communication within the analytic process. This unique approach allows patients to communicate more holistically without the barriers that talking alone may sometimes impose, while involving implicit expression of unconscious processes.
Through nonverbal forms of expression, patients explore memories, feelings, dreams, and experiences in productive ways. Schedule your session with Robert Wolf today and find out how expressive analysis will engage your aesthetic sensibility to unlock new possibilities for positive healing and growth.
For over 40 years, Robert Irwin Wolf, based in New York, NY, has been prolific in the fields of fine art photography, sculpture, creative art therapy, phototherapy, expressive analysis, and psychoanalysis. Initially trained in the fine arts of photography and sculpture at Pratt Institute, he later went on to pursue clinical training in art therapy and psychoanalysis at The National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and earned his Doctorate in Psychoanalytic Studies at the Parkmore Institute. He is a New York state-licensed psychoanalyst and creative art therapist, currently in private practice in New York City, in Manhattan. He has taught courses, supervised clinicians and has published and presented internationally on the integration of creativity within psychoanalytic theory and practice.
Along with his training and clinical experiences over the past years, his unique focuses have been in the therapeutic uses of photography (or phototherapy), creative processing of dreams and countertransference, and the use of stone carving and other expressive artforms in clinical supervision to help process countertransference.
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After receiving early training in stone carving at Pratt Institute, Wolf has continuously evolved as a stone sculpture artist of abstract form. His intense interest in both people and art are reflected in his contemporary sculptures. He believes forces that heal and promote emotional growth in people are related to those that influence our sense of aesthetic expression through the creation of artwork and that the act of 'creating art' provides a personal space within which one may more easily access non-verbal, implicit thought processes, and explore unconscious material.
Wolf’s sculptures are a blend of figurative and abstract elements expressed through various types of stone and wood. Each piece suggests a unique gestural communication that is intrinsic to human experience and is often perceived on an unconscious, visceral level, and is reflected within what is now referred to as 'implicit' memory and thought processes.
His sculptures, which have been influenced by Arp, Moore, and Brancusi, have been exhibited over the past 40 years in a variety of galleries and museums and private collections in the northeastern United States and Seoul, South Korea.
Born and raised in New York, Wolf is an internationally exhibited fine art photographer, and his work has been widely shown in San Jose, Costa Rica, South Korea and most recently Athens, Greece where one of his photographs won an award for International Travel Photography. He has been featured in galleries in the United States, such as in the cities of Miami, and most extensively in New York City.
His most recent work includes landscapes and portraits of indigenous people from his travels throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, and South America. Printed on canvas with pigmented, fade-resistant ink, many of these images have been exhibited in galleries throughout New York.
Wolf also specializes in commissioned creative portraiture. He believes that there is always a subliminal, non-verbal element of communication between the photographer and subject. His prior experience as a caricature artist, along with his clinical work with clients, has informed this perspective and sharpened his ability to capture the unique essence of this moment within his subjects.
Robert Wolf Licensed Psychoanalyst offers a unique approach to therapy that allows patients to find creative pathways to emotional wellbeing. As a highly experienced practitioner of expressive analysis in New York, NY, Dr. Wolf combines traditional talking therapy with creative forms of nonverbal communication. This unique approach allows patients to communicate more holistically without the barriers that talking alone may sometimes impose, while enabling them to communicate more deeply in the clinical/expressive process.
Through a variety of expressive forms of communication, patients explore memories, feelings, dreams, and experiences in productive ways. This deep psychoanalytic work focuses on understanding the origins of dysfunctional patterns and beyond simply reducing surface manifestation of symptoms, often leads to improvement in the overall quality of life of his patients. Schedule your initial consultation with Dr.Wolf today and find out how expressive analysis will engage your creative/aesthetic sensibility to unlock new possibilities for positive healing and growth.
Board-Certified Provider of Expressive Art Therapy and Doctor of Psychoanalytic Studies
Dr. Wolf holds New York State licenses in both psychoanalysis and creative art therapy, and is a Board Certified Creative Art Therapist. He holds a Doctorate in Psychoanalytic Studies and has, for over 40 years, helped patients achieve improved psychological well-being through the integration of expressive arts within the psychoanalytic frame of clinical treatment.
As a sub specialty, he is a pioneer in the field of 'Phototherapy' and for almost 40 years, has taught graduate level courses in this modality at the College of New Rochelle and presented and published his work internationally. Photography is a powerful means of expressing one’s unconscious perspective, beliefs, and forms of engagement with the world. By producing, processing and discussing photographs, patients gain awareness of their connections with the people and objects around them while further developing their creativity.
Creative Approaches to Therapy
As an accomplished professional artist and professor of graduate art therapy, Dr. Wolf encourages students and patients to embrace the therapeutic value of photography, stone sculpture, and other creative media. Through mindful creative forms of expression, patients have the opportunity to identify their own mental processes and confront these processes during psychoanalytic treatment and graduate level training.
In his clinical work, patients will channel their creativity in a variety of creative forms of nonverbal expression, as an integrated feature of the psychoanalytic approach. Objective discussion and clinical processing is always a crucial aspect of this therapy, so remote sessions are available when necessary through video chat platforms. With the combined benefits of artistic expression, creative dream processing, in-session talks, and the application of modern psychoanalytic theory and practice, patients can begin to experience a renewed sense of emotional balance and improvements in their quality of life.
Clinical Professional, Sculptor, Photographer
In addition to his clinical practice, Robert Wolf has been prolific in the fields of fine art photography and sculpture, and he has also had a distinguished career as a professor of art and art therapy. He teaches courses at several universities and institutes and also publishes and presents internationally on the integration of creativity into psychoanalytic therapy. His research and practice have focused on the uses of photography, sculpture, and the creative processing of dreams under clinical supervision to help process countertransference.
After receiving early training in stone carving at the Pratt Institute, Dr. Wolf continued to evolve as a stone sculptor of abstract forms. He believes forces that heal and promote emotional growth in people are related to those that influence our sense of aesthetics in artwork. Wolf’s stone sculptures are a blend of figurative and abstract elements expressed through various types of stone, each suggesting gestural communication that is intrinsic to human experience and perceived on an unconscious, visceral level. His sculptures, which have been influenced by Arp, Moore, and Brancusi, have been exhibited over the past four decades in numerous galleries in the northeastern United States as well as in Seoul, South Korea.
As an internationally exhibited fine art photographer, Wolf’s work has been widely shown in Miami, New York, San Jose, Costa Rica, and South Korea. His most recent work includes landscapes and portraits of indigenous people from his travels throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, and South America. Printed on canvas with pigmented, fade-resistant ink, many of these images have been exhibited in galleries throughout New York.
His extensive experience as both a practicing clinician and artist makes him uniquely qualified to provide the highest standard of treatment to individuals interested in undergoing expressive analysis. To begin your process of positive and creative growth, reach out today to schedule your initial consultation.
Contact Dr. Robert Irwin Wolf to schedule your initial Consultation. Dr. Wolf is a licensed psychoanalyst, art therapist, and artist in New York.
Dr.Wolf's office is located at 461 West 43rd Street, in Manhattan, New York.