Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips

Licensed Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, Diplomate in Group Psychology, Certified Group Therapist, Author, Radio Host and Media Consultant Covering a Wide Range of Psychological Topics

Featured Publications


Phillips, S. B. (2008)  As spokesman for the American Group Psychotherapy Association ( AGPA) Testimony before U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health at a hearing on “Mental Health Treatment for Families: Supporting Those Who Support Our Veterans” on February 28, 2008


Phillips, S. & Kane, D. ( 2008). Healing Together :A Couple’s Guide to Coping with Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress. Oakland CA: New Harbinger Publications.

Klein, R. & Phillips S. B. (2008Public Mental Health Service Delivery Protocols: Group Interventions for Disaster Preparedness and ResponseNew York: American Group Psychotherapy Association

Fenster, S. ,Phillips, S.B., & Rappaport, E., (1986The Therapist’s Pregnancy: Intrusion into the Analytic Space, Analytic Press, Hillsdale, N.J.

Book Chapters

Phillips S. B. & Klein, R. ( 2012) “Group Interventions Following Trauma and Disaster.” In ( Ed.) Jeffrey Kleinberg, Handbook of Group Psychotherapy. New York, John Wiley & Sons.
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Phillips S. B. (2011) Up Close and Personal: A Consideration of the Role of Personal Therapy in the Development of a Psychotherapist. In R. Klein, H. Bernard, & V. Schermer ( Eds.) On Becoming a Psychotherapist: The Personal and Professional Journey. New York: Oxford Press.
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Phillips, S.B. and Thomas, N. (2008) “Responding to the Needs of Uniform Service Personnel.” In R. Klein and S.B. Phillips (eds.) Public Mental Health Service Delivery Protocols: Group Interventions for Disaster Preparedness and Response. New York: American Group Psychotherapy Association

Phillips, S.B. (2004). Countertransference: Effects on the Group Therapist Working with Trauma,in, B. Buchele & H.Spitz (Eds.) Group Interventions for Treatment of Psychological Trauma. New York:  American Group Psychotherapy Association.

Phillips, S.B. (1989) “Reflections of Self and Others: Men’s Views of Menopausal. Women,” in Menopause.”  Ed. Ruth Formanek, Analytic Press, Hillsdale, N.J.

Phillips, S.B., Rappaport, E., & Fenster, S., (1988) “The Pregnant Therapist:”, in The Encyclopedia Handbook of Private Practice, ed. George Stricker, Gardener Press, N.J.


Phillips, S. B. (2015) “The Dangerous Role of Silence in the Relationship Between Trauma and Violence: A Group Response,” International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 65(1) 65-87.
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Phillips, S. B. (2013) “From Immersion to Formulation and Integration: The Complicated Journey of the Trauma Group Leader” Group: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society. Vol. 37.1, Spring 2013
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Phillips, S. B. (2012) Traumatic Stress Points, Trauma and World Literature, “The Writing of Warriors: Viewing War From the Inside Out.” July 2012, Vol.26, Issue 4.

Phillips, S.B. (2012) “In This Together: Tackling a Cancer Diagnosis As A Couple. ”Coping With Cancer”,  November/December 2012, Franklin, TN Presentations
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Phillips, S. B. ( 2009) “The Synergy Of Group And Individual Treatment Modalities In The Aftermath Of Disaster And Unfolding Trauma.” International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Special Issue, Billow ( Ed.), 59(1),pp 85-107.

Phillips, S. B. ( 2005) The Role of the Bereavement Group in the Face of 9/11: A Self-Psychology Perspective, InternationalJournal of Group Psychotherapy, Vol.55, No.4,507-527.

Phillips, S., Kane, D. (2005) Guidelines for Working with First Responders (Firefighters, Police, Emergency Medical Service and Military) in the Aftermath of Disaster. 

Phillips, S. B. (2008) Two’s Company, Three’s Not a Crowd: A Relational Approach to Couple Intervention After Trauma. Group: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, Vol 32.3, September 2008 available here with the permission of Mental Health Resources, 44 W. Bridge St. Catskill, NY 12414
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Phillips, S. B.  (2002) “Desperately Keeping Someone: Relationships as Addiction,” (2002) Analytic Insights, The Journal of the Suffolk Society for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, 2002, Vol. 1, 64-74. 
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Book Reviews

Phillips, S. B. (2019) Book Review – The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Companioning by Grossmark.R. Ph.D, ( 2018, Routledge), International Journal of Group Psychotherapy published online:05 Jul 2019 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00207284.2019.1628647?scroll=top&needAccess=true

Phillips, S. B. (2017) “Book Review of Depression in Later Life: An Essential Guide by Deborah Serani.” Suffolk County Psychological Association Newsletter. Winter Issue, Commack, NY. 

Phillips S. B.  ( 2008) ( Book Review) Trauma-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Women: A Clinician’s Manual. By Hadar Lubin , M.D. and David Read Johnson, Ph.D. New York: Haworth Press, Taylor and Francis Group, 176 pp.  Review in International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, July, Vol. 61, No. 3 :pp. 474-481.

Phillips, S.B. (2001)  Book Review:  J. Reid Meloy (Ed.) (1998) The Psychology of Stalking:  Clinical  and Forensic Perspectives New York:  Academic Press, ASPP Newsletter, Summer 2001 Issue.

Phillips, S.B. (1997) Book Review:  Denes, Magda (1977) Castles Burning:  A Child’s Life in War.  New York:  W.W. Norton & Co., ASPP Newsletter, Spring 1997.

Phillips, S.B., (1996) Book Review:  Bollas, C.  (1995) Cracking Up:  The Work of Unconscious Experience, New York:  Hill and Wong.  ASPP Newsletter Vol. 10.  No. 4, Summer 1996 Issue.

Phillips, S.B., (1996) Book Review:  The Impact of New Ideas:  Progress in Self Psychology Vol. 11. Ed. Arnold Goldberg.  New Jersey:  Lawrence Earlbaum.  ASPP Newsletter, Spring 1996 Issue

Phillips, S.B., (1995) Book Review:  Shneidman, E., (1993).  Suicide as Psychache, New Jersey:  Aronson.  ASPP  Newsletter, Winter 1995.

Phillips, S.B., (1993) Book Review:  Fiscaline J. and Grey A.L., (1993) Narcissism and the Interpersonal Self, New York:  Columbia University Press.  ASPP Newsletter, Fall Issue, 1993.

Phillips, S.B., (1992) Book Review:  Meissner, W. (1991)  What is Effective Psychoanalytic Therapy:  The Move From Interpretation to Relation, ASPP
Newsletter, Fall Issue, 1992.

Phillips, S.B., (1991) Book Review:  Barton, W.A. (1985) Recovering For Psychological 

Injuries, Washington D.C.:  The Association of Trial Lawyers of America.  ASPP Newsletter, Spring Issue, 1991.  

Phillips, S.B., (1989) Book Review:  Socarides, C.W. (1988).  Preoedipal Origin and Psychoanalytic Therapy of Sexual Perversions.  Connecticut:  International Universities Press.  ASPP Newsletter, Spring Issue, 1989.

Phillips, S.B., (1987) Book Review:  Bach, S. (1985) Narcissistic States and the Therapeutic Process.  ASPP Newsletter, Spring Issue, 1987.

Phillips, S.B., (1987) Book Review:  Charles, S.C. and Kennedy E. (19856).  Defendant: A Psychiatrist on Trial for Medical Malpractice.  New York:  Free Press.  ASPP Newsletter, Winter Issue, 1987.