Christopher A. Scott, LCSW, CGP
Chris is a senior partner at Village Counseling Center in NYC and has been in clinical practice for over 25 years. He is a Group Analyst and Certified Couples Therapist, with a specialty in training individual, couple and group therapists. Chris is on the faculty of Adelphi University, Training Institute for Mental Health, and the Psychoanalytic Society & Institute Group Therapy Program, where he is Associate Director. He is also a guest lecturer on empathy at Summer Principal’s Academy, Teachers College, Columbia University, and corporate venues. His course “Finding the WE Space,” is a post graduate level program designed to help student therapists develop their empathy skills. “The Empathic Classroom” is a customized program he developed for Teachers and K-7 students.
He is co-founder Psych-Tech Inc. and The EmpathyWorks Project, dedicated to delivering training in emotional intelligence and support for emotional well-being through digital technologies to underserved segments of society.
His approach to psychotherapy follows the precepts of relational “Self Psychology,” and “Inter-subjective Systems Theory,” which are contemporary schools in psychoanalytic thought. A forward thinker, he is a regular participant in psychoanalytic conferences as a presenter and group facilitator. His paper “Being Human Together: Empathy Revisited,” which deconstructs and then reconstructs the cognitive and neurobiological aspects of empathy from a dynamic systems theory perspective, was chosen for presentation at the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology in Chicago (2013). He is currently working on a research study to test the validity of the “EmQ,” a non-self-reporting method of measuring empathic ability, which he developed in conjunction with his empathy-skills training program.
Prior to becoming a therapist, Chris had a successful twenty year business career in the insurance and financial services industry, excelling in team building and communications.