We regret to announce that our beloved Audrey passed away in Fall 2017. ORI community had a memorial for Audrey at our 2017 Holiday party, and we will be dedicating our 2018 Annual conference to memory of Audrey Ashendorf, our former Chair of Admissions and a long-time Training Committee member. ORI is creating a special Audrey Ashendorf Scholarship Fund to help mental health practitioners in Belarus and other Eastern European countries striving for psychoanalytic object relations knowledge and training.

Audrey Ashendorf, LCSW  Audrey Ashendorf

Audrey Ashendorf, LCSW-R is a psychotherapist in private practice with over 25 years of experience, as well as a published poet.  She earned her Master’s degree from Columbia University, and is New York State certified.  Post-Masters’ training includes the Transactional Analysis Institute of New York and Connecticut, where the focus was on Cognitive and Gestalt approaches to behavioral change. She then went on to deepen and complete her understanding and techniques at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies where she earned a Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Her work is further enriched by her training at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy and a variety of other settings.

Audrey Ashendorf has conducted seminars on social and psychological barriers to intimacy, career planning and stress management.

She is Chairperson of Admissions and a supervisor at the Object Relations Institute of NY.  She is a consultant to the New York City Police Dept. and has worked with individuals and groups to promote emotional resiliency and help officers deal effectively with stress.

Specialties include: LGBT issues; assisting people with physical/ medical disabilities; victims of crime; loss/ grief/ mourning, and relationship issues; therapeutic mediation; marriage counseling, individual sessions with divorcing parties, with troubled adolescents, and young adults; creative blocks - among many others.

It is her firm belief that each person is an individual with unique concerns, experiences, style and goals. She believes an effective therapist is interactive and realizes each person requires different changes to overcome obstacles and allow for movement from surviving to thriving.

Audrey’s practice is located in the Gramercy Park area of Manhattan.  She can be reached at 212-684-2097 .


Audrey Ashendorf, LCSW-R

  • Years in Practice: 25+ Years
  • School: Columbia University--1984
  • License No. and State: R022173-1 New York



Address: 38 Gramercy Park (@ E. 21st st and 3rd Ave)

Phone: 212-684-2097 

Insurance plans: some are accepted. Check your insurance web site or call the above number.

Sliding scale: accepted, as per individual situation. Call the above number to discuss it.

Audrey Ashendorf works with adolescents (from 15 and up), adults, couples, as well as she does private supervision. Her work is inter-active and customized to the individual.  She is strongly influenced by object relations theorists, but draws upon various modalities she had trained in during her over 25 years of practice. 

Specialties:  LGBT; people with physical disabilities; victims of crime; loss/ grief/ mourning, and relationship issues; therapeutic mediation; creative blocks - among many others.



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         Self-Sabotage - from Jungian, Kleinian, and Fairbairnian Perspectives  2012 Conference on Self-Sabotage: Jungian, Kleinian,  and Fairbairnian Perspectives.  

  2011 Annual 20th Anniversary Conference on Dialectics of Mortality and Immortality: Time as a Persecutory vs. a Holding Object

2010 Annual Conference on Psychoanalysis & Spirituality

2009 Annual Conference on Eroticized Demonic Object

Visit ORI's YouTube Channel, ObjectRelations2009, to view NEW mini-video series "The Object Relations View"

Intro to the Object Relations Thinking and Clinical Technique - with Dr. Kavaler-Adler (part 1).

Projective Identification (part 2)

Time as an Object (part 3)

Self Sabotage - (part 4)

        Fear of Success (part 5)

        Mourning, Developmental vs. Pathological  (part 6)

        Bad Objects and Loyalty to Bad Objects (part 7)

        Demon-lover Complex  (part 8)

        Psychic Regret (part 9)

        Klein-Winnicott Dialectic  (part 10)

        Depression: The Object Relations View (part 11)

        Anxiety: The Object Relations View (part 12)

        Eating Disorders: The Object Relations View (part 13)

        Narcissism: The Object Relations View (part 14)

        Female Creativity and the Internal Father (part 15)

        Psychic Dialectic: The Object Relations View (part 16)

        Writing Blocks: The Object Relations View (part 17)

        Internal Editor and Internal Saboteur: The Object Relations View (part 18)

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