Dr. Silvia Birklein

Dr. Silvia B. Birklein

PhD, MA, LCAT, BC-DMT, CMA, KMP

Silvia B. Birklein, PhD, MA, BC-DMT, LCAT, CMA, KMP

is a Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, and Dance Movement Therapist and Movement analyst in Private Practice in New York. She’s the founder and director of SYNC Psychological Services™, PLLC, SYNC Psych-O-Somatics, and the Institute for Movement Informed Psychotherapy (IMIPSY). She’s a clinical supervisor at Pace University and faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP). Her interests and research are in the intergenerational transmission of affect, and about the body and movement in psychoanalysis,

She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology/MA in General Psychology from the New School fro Social Research in NYC. In addition, she holds an  M.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Psychology from Antioch University (1997), a B.A. in Psychology/Philosophy from the Freie University in Berlin (1990), and a  B.S.W in Social Work/ Pedagogics from the Alice Solomon University in Berlin, Germany (1985). Her interests and research (intergenerational transmission of affect) are about the body and movement in psychoanalysis,

Dr. Birklein is a certified  Psychoanalyst (NYU Postdoctoral Program for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy), holds a Certificate in Dance/Performance Arts from Berlin, Germany (1989), a Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA; 1990), and Kestenberg Movement Analysis (KMP), training in Integrative Gestalt Therapy (Germany; 1992);

Her interests and research (intergenerational transmission of affect) are about the body and movement in psychoanalysis, and in her practice she’s working with clients integrating verbal and nonverbal modalities, using Laban and Kestenberg approaches.
She continues to teach and present nationally and internationally on linking nonverbal behavior and psychoanalysis; she continues to teach and dance, especially improvisation and authentic movement.

Education:

  • Graduate Postdoctoral Program for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at NYU
  • Postdoctoral training at William Alanson White Institute
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (New School for Social Research)
  • MA in General Psychology (New School for Social Research)
  • MA in Counseling Psychology and Dance/Movement Therapy (Antioch New England Graduate School)
  • Psychology (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
  • Social Work and Social Pedagogics (Berlin, Germany)
  • Dance and Performance Arts (Berlin, Germany)
  • Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis
  • Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP), Master Trainer, Board Member
  • Training in Integrative Gestalt Therapy (Fritz Perls Institute, Germany)

Current Activities:

  • Private Practice for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
  • Founder: SYNC Psychological Services™ (Integrative Services Psychotherapy/Body/Mind/Somatic)
  • Founder: Institute for Movement INformed Psychotherapy (IMIPSY)
  • Pace University: Doctoral Program for Clinical and School Psychology; Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Psychological Evaluations for TV Reality Shows
  • Master teacher for Kestenberg Movement Profile Certification Program (KMP)
  • Researcher on nonverbal behavior and affect transmission

Selected Publications:

  • Birklein, S.B. (2007). Moving from Within. Conference Proceedings. Abstract obtained from the International Movement Analysis conference. Munich, Germany. 2007.
  • Birklein, S.B. (2006). Keynote address. Psychoanalyse und Bewegungsanalyse. “From the couch to dance”. (Psychoanalytically based Movement Analysis). Lindauer Psychotherapie Wochen. Lindau, Germany.
  • Sossin, K.M. & Birklein, S. (2006). Nonverbal transmission of stress between parent
  • and young child: Considerations and psychotherapeutic implications of a study of affective
  • movement patterns. Journal of Infant, Child, & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 5, 46-69.
  • Birklein, S. B., & Sossin, K. M., (2006). Nonverbal Indices of Stress in Parent-
  • Child Dyads: Implications for Individual and Interpersonal Affect Regulation and
  • Intergenerational Transmission. In: Koch, S., & Bräuninger, I. (Eds.), Advances in
  • Research. Berlin: Logos.
  • Birklein, S. B. (2005). Nonverbal indices of stress in parent-child interaction.
  • Dissertation Abstracts International, 66 (01), 542 B. (UMI No AAT 3161860).
  • Birklein, S.B. (2005). In Koch, S. & Bräuninger, I. (Eds.) International
  • Dance/Movement Therapy Research: Theory, Methods, and Empirical Findings. American Journal of
  • Dance Therapy,Volume 27, Number 1, March 2005, pp. 37-46(10).
  • Birklein, S. B. (2004). Nonverbal indices of high stress. [Abstract]. Moving On. Journal
  • of the Dance Therapy Association of Australia. 3 (2).
  • Birklein, S. B. (2003). Nonverbal indices of stress. The Arts in Psychotherapy: 31 (3).
  • Abstract obtained from  the International Research Colloquium in Dance Therapy, 2003.

Selected Professional Presentations:

  • Panel:  “Forms of vitality in Movement”. The Arts of Time. Relational Psychoanalysis and forms of Vitality in Movement and Clinical Processes. Rome. Italy. 2016.
  • Panel: New School University, New York. 2010. Talk and presentation on private practice management.
  • Panel: ADTA conference 9/2010. New York City. “Relational psychoanalytic and hermeneutic concepts in the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP).
  • Keynote Panel: Antioch New England Graduate School: Panel, and supervisory workshop;2009.
  • Panel: Presentation at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute New York City. Round Table.November 2008.
  • Workshop: Workshop on the Kestenberg Movement Profile’s affective patterns of nonverbal behavior. ADTA International conference. New York City. 9/2007.
  • German Public Radio: “Impressions to 9/11–Why can’t the US stop talking about 9/11?”.
  • Presentation: Affect Transmission in Parent Child Dyads. Moving from Within. München, Germany. 7/2007.
  • Workshop: International Relational Psychoanalysis Conference. Athens, Greece, 7/2007.
  • Workshop: NYU Postdoc weekend on movement processes (2007).
  • Workshop: Psychoanalytically oriented dance therapy process group for clinicians. Lindauer Psychotherapie – Wochen. Lindau, Germany 04/07.
  • Presentation: Panel presentation on nonverbal behavior, affect regulation and intergenerational transmission of stress. Div 39. APA conference. New Orleans, August 2006.
  • Keynote Address: From the Couch to Dance:  Nonverbal Behavior and Movement Analysis. Lindauer Psychotherapie – Wochen. Lindau, Germany 04/06.
  • Workshop: Week-long movement psychotherapy workshop for MD’s and Psychoanalysts.Lindauer Psychotherapie – Wochen. Lindau, Germany 04/06.
  • Workshop: Workshop in the Kestenberg Movement Profile. Dance/movement Therapy Training Institute. Kinetics. Rochester, NY.03/06.
  • Presentation: Panel Presentation on nonverbal behavior and stress. ADTA Conference.Long Beach, CA. Oct. 2006.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association
  • International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP)
  • New York University’s Postdoctoral Program for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
  • Board Member: Kestenberg Movement Profile
  • Child Development Research

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Certified Psychoanalyst
Licensed Creative Arts Therapist
Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist
Certified Movement Analyst (Laban and Kestenberg)

Contact Info
Phone: sbirklein@me.com
(917) 496-5772
Email: syncpsych@gmail.com

Address
928 Broadway, Suite 803
(b/w 21th & 22nd St.)
New York, NY 10010