David Raft Fellows

2017-2018 Raft Fellow

Janelle SharpJanelle Sharp, M.Ed., LPCA is in private practice in Raleigh, where she sees children, adolescents, and adults. She is a matriculated student in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy program at the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas and the volunteer coordinator for PCC’s social media. Janelle joined the Center for Psychological and Family Services in 2017.

Prior to working in private practice, Janelle worked as a high school counselor for a decade in Wake County. Her interests as a school counselor included conducting school wide needs assessment surveys, increasing access to counseling services for all students, and targeting services to disenfranchised populations.  

2016-2017 Raft Fellow

Elissa Murphy

Elissa Baldwin Murphy, PhD, LCSW is in private practice in Chapel Hill, where she sees children, adolescents, and adults. She is a candidate in the child and adult psychoanalysis programs with the PECC.

In addition to her clinical work, she has conducted qualitative research on the topic of the parent-therapist alliance in child psychotherapy, and has taught courses on psychoanalytic theories, child treatment, and on diagnostic evaluations. She is on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas and has been a lecturer and research advisor in the MSW program at the Smith College School for Social Work.

2015-2016 Raft Fellow

Nishi GuptaNishi Gupta, MSW:  Born and raised just outside of Toronto, Ontario (ON) Canada, I studied Psychology at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON) and then Applied Linguistics at Brock University (St. Catharines, ON).  This combined with teaching English and cross-cultural exchanges in Japan and South East Asia for several years, led me to pursue my Masters in Social Work at Royal Holloway College, University of London in England. I worked as a psychiatric social worker in the community in inner London and Brighton, UK for ten years. Having lived abroad for most all my adult life, and more latterly in Europe, I have had to adapt to changing circumstances, overcoming cultural and linguistic barriers. I should like to focus my efforts in the next stage of my career, building on from those aspects of my work that I have found most fulfilling. I am interested in psychoanalytic psychotherapy to enhance my reflective and analytic practice. Being of South Asian origin myself, I can understand the South Asian family’s expectations and family dynamics.  Additionally, I bring to the field a genuinely culturally sensitive approach.

 I moved to Durham NC together with my husband (for his work) and two children last summer and am here to stay.  I am in the process of transitioning professionally—converting qualifications, exams etc. Currently I am enjoying the Basics Course and hope to complete my training at PECC in the coming years.  I enjoy all kinds of travel, cooking and hiking in my free time.

2013-2014 Raft Fellow

Dhipthi MulliganDhipthi Mulligan, M.D. is a psychiatrist on faculty at Duke University.  She is currently a psychoanalytic candidate at the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas.  She studied Comparative Literature at Cornell University and then relocated to sunnier skies in order to complete her medical degree at the University of Florida.  She then moved to Durham for residency training in General Psychiatry at Duke University. 

Her work at Duke entails treating adults in an outpatient setting using pharmacology and psychotherapy as well as teaching undergraduate students and psychiatry residents. 

Dr. Mulligan has a particular interest in expanding the psychoanalytic presence in current psychiatric training especially in the realms of clinical practice and intellectual discourse.  She currently co-leads an interdisciplinary research team exploring issues of timing in traumatic stress under Duke’s Bass Connections initiative.  She will also be teaching the Trauma and Language course for fourth year psychiatry residents. 

During her leisure time, she enjoys running, reading, baking and answering the plethora of “why” questions her precocious daughter puts forth.

2011-2012 Raft Fellow

MorganKaren Morgan, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with a group practice in Durham. She is currently in her second year as a matriculated student at the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas on the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy track. She grew up in Winston-Salem and studied English at Duke University. She went on to graduate school in English Literature at The University of Virginia and was awarded her MA there before leaving to work in publishing for several years at the Harvard Business School Press. While in Boston, she volunteered on the crisis hotline at the Cambridge Women’s Center, sat on the Board of Directors at the Women’s Center, and volunteered at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Upon returning to graduate school for her MSW at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, she pursued clinical work in Adult Mental Health.

Ms. Morgan has worked in the state hospital system at Dorothea Dix and Cherry Hospitals, where she provided individual and group therapy to long-term adult patients. She moved from there to Elon University, where she worked for 3.5 years in the Health and Counseling Center providing psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students.

Ms. Morgan became interested in psychoanalysis while at Elon and initially took the Basics course to gain a greater understanding of its framework and history. She is currently most interested in applications of psychoanalytic psychotherapy to treatment of childhood sexual abuse and trauma. Recently she joined Carolina Partners in Mental Health at the Shannon Road location in Durham, where she treats adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations using psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

When not at work, she enjoys reading, rewatching all seven seasons of Buffy, sleeping, and spending time with her husband, 2-year-old daughter, and 6 cats. 

Raft Fellows 2010-2011

Susan Ann VaradySusan Ann Varady, Ph.D is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Chapel Hill.  She is currently in her second year as a matriculated student at the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas on the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy track.  She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and studied History at Princeton University where a personality theory course introduced her to Freud and his theories.  Dr. Varady earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at George Mason University in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  

Since graduating with her PhD in 2002, Dr. Varady has worked in a variety of settings, including the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA (as director of residency psychotherapy training, in an adult intensive outpatient program, and as a researcher examining interpersonal functioning in Borderline Personality Disorder), the Carolina Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training – a psychodynamically oriented training program (as a faculty member), as well as in private practice.  Dr. Varady’s other professional activities during this time included participation in a psychoanalytic peer consultation group, and membership on the APA Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) Section III (Women, Gender and Psychoanalysis) board. 

In July 2009, Dr. Varady relocated her practice to Chapel Hill, NC where she treats late adolescents and adults with a wide variety of presenting problems including eating disorders and past trauma.   In addition, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and serves as a psychotherapy supervisor for residents.  She is working hard to make the most of her time in the Triangle before her husband receives his next assignment from the US Air Force during the summer of 2012.

When she is not working or studying, Dr. Varady enjoys recreational fitness, travel, equestrian and canine sport, audio books, and time with her husband and two-year-old son. 

 

Lindsey AtkinsLindsey Atkins, MSW, P-LCSW:  In May 2010 Lindsey Atkins received her Master’s in Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she concentrated in child mental health clinical practice.  Prior to her admittance into her graduate program, Ms. Atkins worked in a residential home for adolescents with autism. As a graduate student, she completed her internships at H.O.P.E. Foundations, a community-based mental health provider, and at the Dorothea Dix Child Outpatient Clinic, both in Raleigh, NC. While at Dorothea Dix, she was trained among a community of seasoned psychoanalytic social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. There she provided diagnostic assessments, individual outpatient therapy, and parent supportive therapy using an analytic understanding of children, parents, and the family unit to inform her treatment. 

Ms. Atkins is currently employed at Carolina Behavioral Care, PA, providing outpatient therapy for individuals across the lifespan. Her clinical interests continue to be working with children and adolescents using psychoanalytic theory and practice in conjunction with play, art, and sandtray therapy interventions. Ms. Atkins also serves as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for Rock The Spectrum, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to using music and community to raise autism awareness and support other community organizations committed to autism research and services.

Ms. Atkins first became involved with PECC during her final year as a graduate student, taking the Introduction to Psychodynamic Assessment course as an independent study to supplement her clinical internship. She was thrilled to find an institute dedicated to the continuing education of clinicians interested in and committed to psychoanalytic tenets. She believes that her continual involvement in the PECC coursework will deepen her clinical work, stimulate her professional growth, and broaden her understanding of the complexities and intricacies of children and adults. 

Raft Fellow 2009-2010

Susan UzenoffSarah Usenoff, MA, received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2007 and is currently a doctoral candidate in that program. Since 2008 Ms. Uzenoff has participated in a psychodynamic therapy practicum through the UNC Department of Psychology where she conducts once- and twice-weekly outpatient psychodynamic individual therapy for adults under the supervision of Paul Brinich, PhD. This experience has also included didactic seminars and case presentations to clinic supervisors and trainees. 

In addition to her training in individual and couples therapy in the Department of Psychology, Ms. Uzenoff has also completed clinical practica through the Department of Psychiatry at UNC Hospitals via the Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program, UNC Eating Disorders Program, and the Outreach and Support Intervention Services (OASIS) clinic for early psychosis. She has previously been a clinical trainee on the adult rehabilitation unit at John Umstead State Hospital in Butner, NC where she conducted individual and group therapy as well as cognitive and personality assessment.

Ms. Uzenoff’s professional affiliations include the International Early Psychosis Association, the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Foundation, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the American Psychological Association.  She is enthusiastic about forging a connection with the psychoanalytic community and its network of professionals as she nears completion of her doctoral studies in clinical psychology.

Ms. Uzenoff’s future training and career aspirations include working with individuals with severe psychopathology, including individuals from diverse and traditionally underserved populations. She is interested in integrative models of psychotherapy and anticipates that PECC coursework will both enrich her ongoing clinical work and provide a foundation in psychoanalytic theory that will serve as a base for future studies. Ms. Uzenoff lives in Chapel Hill and enjoys travelling, spending time outdoors and playing tennis.

Raft Fellow 2008-2009

Katherine JohnsonKatherine Johnson, MD is a psychiatry resident at UNC Hospitals, where she has been working in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  In 2008 she was awarded the Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award of the Whitehead Medical Society at UNC Medical School.

Prior to her psychiatry residency Dr. Johnson was a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, and while there, she received the 2005 Students' Excellence in Teaching award.

Dr. Johnson has a special interest in treatment of patients who have a history of trauma.  Her experience includes work with a rape crisis response team and leading eating disorders support groups for patients and their friends and families.  She wants to pursue psychoanalytically oriented studies in order to expand her understanding of psychoanalytic concepts as they apply to psychotherapy with this population.

Raft Fellow 2007-2008

Susan Bokor Nadas, MSW, is a clinical social worker in private practice in Raleigh. She received her MSW from New York University and is a Board Certified Diplomate in clinical social work. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools and adoption services, in addition to providing psychotherapy. 

Her education has included pursuing several short psychoanalytic courses, participation in the Introductory Curriculum of the PPSC, and pursing individual supervision of her psychotherapy work.  Ms. Nadas’ current participation in the Advanced Curriculum of the PPSC extends that commitment.

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