About The Doctor


My name is Douglas J. Van der Heide, M.D., a New York-based psychiatrist, psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, and I have a unique personal link to this field.

My father was a psychoanalyst and founding dean of a major institute of psychoanalytic training in Los Angeles. Growing up, psychoanalysis was my father’s mystery profession; thankfully the mystery and fascination has never left.
Decades of work with patients combined with exposure to superb teachers and clinicians, has allowed me to achieve the highest level of professional excellence.

  • Graduated Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons 1976
  • Psychiatric Residency Cornell Medical Center, New York Hospital Payne Whitney Clinic 1980
  • Board certified in psychiatry by the American Psychiatric Association 1981
  • Graduate of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute 1997
  • Certified in psychoanalysis by the American Psychoanalytic Association 2005
  • Appointed Supervising and Training Analyst, Institute for Psychoanalytic Education affiliated with NYU 2015

Teaching has been a priority in my life, only second to my clinical dedication and they are linked. I feel a tremendous responsibility to ensure that future clinicians will be familiar with core psychoanalytic theories of mind and will be able to use these tools for future patients who will need their help.


  • I have co-taught the clinical dream course to senior candidates at New York Psychoanalytic Institute for over a dozen years.
  • For an equivalent period I have taught basic analytic theory, listening and the initiation of psychodynamic treatment to psychiatric residents at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
  • More recently, since 2010, I teach dream theory to senior candidates at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education affiliated with NYU.
  • Since 2014, I have taught candidates in the Psychotherapy Program at I.P.E with a focus on the clinical use of dreams.
  • Fall of 2015 I will be teaching dream theory and technique to students in Korea via Skype.

As indicated above I have a special interest in dreams, both as a continuing perspective on the way our minds work and as an unparalleled source of information about patients and their individual conflicts.

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Training and experience has taught me to appreciate the immense power of psychoanalytic work to change individuals, enabling them to live with the full measure of joy and satisfaction that life has to offer.