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Dr. John Madonna, Ed.D., Cert.Psya.

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Personal Statement

I came to psychoanalysis twenty-five years ago as a part of an ongoing quest to know more about the deeper forces that compel human behavior. The evolution from education and clinical psychology was a natural one, and very exciting. In private practice since 1981, I have worked extensively with people from all walks of life who have been engaged variously in struggles for psychic freedom and emotional well-being. A particular and long-standing interest has been working with those who serve: clinicians, police, clergy, and religious who in their efforts on behalf of others run perilous risks.

Program Affiliation

Programs in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Cert. Psya., Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 1997.
Ed.D., Clark University, 1980.
C.A.G.S., Assumption College, 1976.
M.A., Assumption College, 1973.
M.A., Assumption College, 1970.


Effects of transparency, mutuality, and emotional contact in psychoanalytic treatment;
Trauma, stress and recovery in the helping professions.
Psychopathology in individual and marital relationships.


(2005) Madonna, J. Stress Response: The Psychological Risks. Forensische Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie and International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy. Forthcoming.
(2002) Madonna, J. and Kelly, R. Treating Police Stress. Springfield Illinois, Charles Thomas Publishers.
(1996) Ciottone, R. and Madonna, J. Play Therapy Treatment of Sexually Abused Children: A Synergistic Clinical Developmental Approach. Northvale New Jersey, Jason Aronson, Inc.
(1993) Ciottone, R. and Madonna, J. Critical issues in the treatment of a sexually abused latency aged boy. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing. Vol. 16, 31-40.
(1991) Madonna, J. Countertransference issues in the treatment of borderline and narcissistic personality disorders: a retrospective on the contributions of Gerald Adler, Peter Giovacchini, Harold Searles and Phyllis Meadow. Modern Psychoanalysis. Vol. 16, No.1, 35-64.
(1990) Madonna, J. An integrated approach to the treatment of a specific phobia in a nine year old boy. Phobia Practice and Research Journal. Vol. 3, No. 2. 95-106.
(1986) Madonna, J. A treatment of a case of marital abuse. American Journal of Family Therapy. Vol. 14, No. 3. 235-246.
(1986) Madonna, J. and Chandler, R. Aggressive play and bereavement in group therapy with latency-aged boys. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Vol. 3, No. 2, 109-114.
(1984) Ciottone, R. and Madonna, J. The treatment of elective mutism: the economics of an integrated approach. Techniques: A Journal for Remedial Education and Counseling. Vol. 1, 23-30.
(1984) Madonna, J. and Ciottone, R. A family systems orientation to the problem of firesetting. In Family Therapy Techniques for Problem Behaviors of Children and Teenager, Charles Schaefer et al (eds.), San Francisco: Jossey Bass Publishers, 80-82.
(1984) Roix, G. and Madonna, J. Eliminating firesetting behavior through an ecological approach with the family. In Family Therapy Techniques for Problem Behaviors of Children and Teenager, Charles Schaefer et al (eds.), San Francisco: Jossey Bass Publishers, 83-85.
(1984) Madonna, J. and Berkovitz, T. Prescribing the system: an example of paradox in incest treatment. Journal of Family Therapy. Vol. 1, No. 2. 39-50.