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Robert P. Drozek, M.S.W.

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Marlboro College, Marlboro, VTBachelor of Arts, with highest honors2001Philosophy
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, Chestnut Hill, MAMaster of Social Work2006Clinical Concentration
Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Chestnut Hill, MAFellowship2008Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Robert Drozek is an individual and group psychotherapist in the Adult Center for Borderline Personality Disorder at McLean Hospital, specializing in the treatment of personality disorders, trauma and dissociative disorders, and addictions. Mr. Drozek holds several different positions at McLean, serving as a therapist in the Gunderson Outpatient Program, a therapist and supervisor in the Mentalization-based Treatment (MBT) Clinic, and a group therapist in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program. He is a teaching associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a supervisor of MBT through the Anna Freud Centre in London.

Mr. Drozek is certified and trained in a range of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Transference-focused Psychotherapy, and MBT. He has a particular interest in the use of MBT in the treatment of patients with narcissistic and borderline personality disorders. He is in private practice in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Mr. Drozek’s research centers in psychoanalytic theory, specifically questions about therapeutic action, or “how change happens” in psychotherapy. His papers, and his forthcoming book, explore the paradigm shift towards relational and intersubjective approaches to psychoanalytic work. Mr. Drozek argues that a central feature of the “relational turn” involves an increased appreciation of the ethical dimensions of therapeutic process, such that therapist and patient are engaged in the co-construction of an intersubjective space that is progressively more consistent with their intrinsic worth as human beings. Psychotherapy can thus be seen as a unique vehicle for therapeutic and ethical change, leading to a dramatic expansion of agency, altruism, self-esteem, and personal meaning for both participants.

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