Barry Waterson

Dr. Waterson is a graduate of the Doctoral Program at the Vermont Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, a branch of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He is also a recent recipient of the Vermont Association for Psychoanalytic Studies 2007 Research Award for his dissertation project on "Treating Children With Affect Regulatory Disorders in Public Schools". With this research project, Dr. Waterson demonstrated the effectiveness of a psychoanalytic intervention program in the public schools for the treatment of children with affect regulatory disorders. While working on his dissertation, Dr. Waterson also completed a fellowship at the Research Training Program at the Yale Child Center.

Prior to the completion of his dissertation, Dr. Waterson, who was already a Certified Psychoanalyst, practiced as a school consultant where he treated a number of children with affect regulatory disorders. These children were considered to suffer primarily from a biological disorder. In his work however, Dr. Waterson observed that although these children were distractible and hyperactive, they did respond favorably to certain types of interventions. “When language and imagination were integrated into the therapy, then impulsivity decreased.”

“I continue to apply understandings of modern psychoanalytic theory to a public school intervention program for students with affect regulatory disorders. In addition to my school consultant role, my work consists of a private practice in a rural setting, where I treat a variety of different age groups with a broad range of psychopathology.”