About Dr. Patricia Coughlin, Ph.D.

Dr. Patricia Coughlin (Della Selva), Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years of clinical experience. In addition to seeing patients in her private practice, Dr. Coughlin conducts training and supervision groups for mental health professionals around the world. She has held faculty positions at Northwestern University Medical School and Albany Medical College. Currently she is Clinical Faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Over the past 20 years she has written professionally, given presentations at professional conferences and conducted workshops for mental health professionals around the world. Currently, she is conducting supervision groups and training workshops in Current training groups in New York, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Her first book, Intensive Short term Dynamic Psychotherapy: Theory and Technique, is considered a classic in the field. Dr. Coughlin's newest book, Lives Transformed was written in collaboration with Dr. David Malan, and published in 2006 by Karnac Books.


Dr. Coughlin obtained her undergraduate degree from the Honors College at Ohio University (l976), where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and won the Distinguished Professor Award for outstanding undergraduate student in Psychology.

She went on to obtain a Masters degree (l978) and Doctorate (l980)in Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University. Her residency was completed at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Coughlin was asked to join the faculty and was named Chief Psychologist of the Rehabilitation Program at the Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She maintained a private practice in Chicago from l981-l987.

Dr. Coughlin moved to Toronto, Ontario Canada in l987 and began her training in Intensive Short term Dynamic Psychotherapy in l988 - first at the Ontario Institute; then at the Institute in Rochester, New York; and finally in Montreal, Quebec with Dr. Davanloo, the creator of this method of psychotherapy.

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Dr. Coughlin has returned to New York while still functioning as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

For treatment or training, those interested should contact Dr. Coughlin directly via email at drpcoughlin@gmail.com or by phone at 518-859-3960.


  • A two day workshop on 'Assessing and Treating Patients Across the Spectrum of Psychopathology: February 6 & 7 - 2015.
Visit ISTDP Australia or contact Julie Cochrane at juliemc9@gmail.com for more details.

  • Albany, New York: January 15-17; April 16-18; July 23-25 and October 15-17, 2015
  • Copenhagen, Denmark: March 12-14; May 31-June2; September 10-12; and December 3-5

  • Advanced Clinical training in London, England: March 10-12 and September 6-8
  • Advanced Clinical training in Copenhagen, Denmark: March 16-18 and September 14-16
  • Advanced training for teachers and supervisors: Albany, NY: April 20-24 and October 20-24
Email Dr. Coughlin directly at drpcoughlin@gmail.com for more information about the above training opportunities or visit the Upcoming Events page for more details.