Patricia Harte Bratt is a psychoanalyst practicing in Livingston, NJ and NYC, and Director of the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis (ACAP) in Livingston, NJ, its Trauma and Resilience Programs, and Applied Psychoanalysis Division. She designed and heads ACAP’s iStrive Center, a weekend program for young adults well-functioning on the autism spectrum. Dr. Bratt has created staff development training programs, to enhance skills and intervention strategies for professionals serving vulnerable members of our communities, for groups such as the Department of Children and Families Services, the Child Life Specialists Association, NJ Crisis Negotiators Association, the International Neuropsychoanalytic Society, American Counseling Association and NASW. She has been a consultant for hostage negotiation and Critical Incident Stress Management groups, developing ACAP’s trauma response team that served more than 3,000 victims of the 9/11 tragedy. Her areas of specialization include supervision of clinicians working with the full range of emotional disorders; adult, child & adolescent treatment; couples therapy, and trauma-centered treatment. She is an ACS certified supervisor for mental health counselors.
Patricia Bratt is faculty and training supervisor at several psychoanalytic institutes, and has been graduate faculty at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis-NJ, Drew University, Centenary College, and Union College. Her publications include, Mutual Growth in the Psychotherapeutic Relationship: Reciprocal Resilience, “The Impact of Strategic Emotional Communication on Memory & Identity Development”, “Nurturing Emotionally Resilient Children”, “Consulting the Patient: The Art of Being Together”, “Fearless: Or Resistance to Resilience”, and “Reciprocal Resilience: Surprising Benefits for Clinicians of Listening to Stories of Overwhelming Experiences”. She has written, spoken widely, and appeared as a guest expert on radio, TV, and news media about her work with children, families and couples. Dr. Bratt is the President of the NJ State Advisory Board for Psychoanalysis, and of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP).
Director and Educator
Committed to excellence in therapist education, Dr. Bratt has served as director and faculty at the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis (ACAP) for more than two decades, offering continuing education programs for mental health professionals and an advanced certificate in Psychoanalysis that makes graduates eligible to apply for licensure or State Certification in several states. In 2014 ACAP partnered with the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis to form BGSP-NJ, now offering regionally accredited Masters degrees in Mental Health Counseling, and in Psychoanalysis. Learn more…www.acapnj.org
The most recent project Dr. Bratt initiated is the iStrive Center at ACAP. iStrive is a program for well-functioning young adults on the autism spectrum and their families. It helps them continue growing toward independence, social relationships, emotional well-being, and career readiness. Learn more …www.acapnj.org/istrive
Dr. Bratt is a dedicated activist in promoting the training and competence of mental health professionals. Her early work with trauma victims led to the development of a Trauma and Resilience Studies program at ACAP, where clinicians learned not only strategies for working with those exposed to overwhelming experiences, but how to safeguard themselves and colleagues through a collaborative, community experience buffering trauma exposure. Learn more…www.acapnj.org
Dr. Bratt has worked for more than twenty-five years to promote standards in education and legislative recognition for the profession of Psychoanalysis, and mental health professions in general. As such, she worked to insure state certification of psychoanalysts in New Jersey, implemented in 2015, and state licensure in New York, implemented in 2005. Much of this work was done in collaboration with colleagues and legislators in both states, and through the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP). Currently President of NAAP, she works with the organization to assure success of its mission as the national advocate for independent psychoanalysis for all the schools of thought, aiming to unite those schools and ensure the independence, advancement, recognition, and sustainability of the profession. Learn more… www.naap.org