A About Marianna Adler

MariannaAdler, PhD
psychologist - psychotherapist - psychoanalyst

I  received my PhD in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.  I completed a clinical internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where I worked in both hospital and community health clinic settings.  I received my post-doctoral training in psychoanalysis at the Houston Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute (recently renamed the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies) while maintaining a private practice here in Austin.  I am a graduate of that Institute and have served on the faculty there since 2004.  My training has prepared me to work with patients struggling to adjust to a wide range of life challenges as well as patients whose past developmental history has left them with more serious neurotic and personality difficulties.  Prior to my training as a psychologist and psychoanalyst, I completed a MA in cultural anthropology.  I think this brings an added dimension to my work as a therapist and psychoanalyst that helps me work with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences.  In addition to my anthropological background, I have an MPH from the University of California at Berkeley.  This too has contributed to the way in which I think about my patients and their problems, in that I see health and well-being in a broad environmental context.

My current clinical practice includes patients with a diversity of backgrounds and presenting problems ranging from life transition concerns, mood disorders, relationship problems, sexual concerns, identity issues and parenting concerns.  I try to help my patients find ways to better deal with trauma, loss, anger, conflict and developmental impasses that may lead to depression, anxiety and self-defeating repetitious behavior patterns.