Stephanie Brandt, M.D., Chair, Ethics Committee

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (NYPSI) has long enjoyed a reputation for clinical and educational excellence. This reputation is founded on the maintenance of the highest ethical standards, both in the selection and training of Institute candidates and in the election of Society members.

NYPSI builds upon the long-standing body of principles established by the healthcare professions, beginning with Hippocrates, for the benefit of the patient. The code of professional conduct of the well-trained psychoanalyst goes even further. It asserts that:

The analyst’s adherence to the highest ethical standards is a necessary condition for the proper outcome of psychoanalytic therapy, as well as the advancement of the pedagogical and scientific goals of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

The scientific, therapeutic, and ethical principles of psychoanalysis, as taught to students at New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute and as practiced by its members, inform all aspects of the determination of treatment, therapeutic choice, and practical arrangements. Basic among these principles is the therapist’s recognition that the therapist-patient relationship becomes the vehicle for important feelings, thoughts, and beliefs, the proper handling of which—including protecting the patient’s confidentiality—is essential to the therapeutic benefit of the treatment.

All candidates and members of NYPSI abide by the “Principles of Ethics for Psychoanalysts” of the American Psychoanalytic Association. They do this to maintain the highest ethical and educational standards for the benefit not only of past, present, and future patients, but also of the public, students, science, and the profession.

You may download a printable copy of the the NYPSI Code of Ethics by clicking on the link below.