Dr. Carolyn Stack is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who has been in private practice in Cambridge/Boston, Massachusetts for over 30 years. She works with individuals in long-term psychodynamic therapy, short-term focused treatment and psychoanalysis. She also works with couples and families, and she runs groups.

She also offers consultations to people looking for a therapist and to patients in conflictual treatments.  

As a senior clinician, Dr. Stack provides supervision and consultation to other psychotherapists. And, she offers coaching for new practitioners beginning private practices.


Psy.D., Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Inc.

Certificate in Family Systems Theory & Practice, Family Institute of Cambridge


Dr. Stack is on the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has presented her work at conferences nationally and internationally on a diverse range of subjects including, the psychological impact of trauma, adult attachment disorders, ritualized obsessions and the contemporary understanding of gender and sexuality.


* Bringing the Plague: Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis. Co-edited with S. Fairfield & L. Layton. (2002)

* "An encounter with the terrifying other." Gender and Psychoanalysis (1999)

* "The analyst's new clothes: The impact of the therapist's unconscious conflicts on the treatment process." Contemporary Psychoanalysis (1998)


Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Inc.

American Psychological Association

Massachusetts Psychological Association

National Association of Mental Illness


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(the psychotherapist) carries the patient like water carries the swimmer - Michael Balint, 1968