Kathleen Lyon M.D.

Kathleen A. Lyon MD is a board certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in practice in New York City for nearly 30 years. She graduated from and is on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York, (PANY), and is a training analyst there. She teaches and supervises in psychiatric residency and psychoanalytic training programs, and also supervises privately.

In addition, she is a student of Buddhism for over 15 years and has completed multiple meditation and study retreats. She works with adults and older adolescents with a broad range of needs, including identity, relationship, and work difficulties, as well as parenting, grief and difficulties with stage of life changes. She is interested in her client’s spiritual experience and its place in their emotional life.

She works from a modern psychoanalytic perspective informed by ego psychology, object relations, attachment theory, self-psychology and trauma psychology, as well as contemplative studies.

Currently, assistant teaching online at Dharma College “Searcher Reaches Lands Limits” a commentary on Tarthang Tulku’s “Revelations of Mind”. 

Psychoanalytic and Psychiatric Training and Certifications.

2018: Member Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies, Princeton, NJ

2007: Training and Supervising Analyst,  Psychoanalytic Association of New York at NYU Medical Center (PANY)

1998: Graduate of PANY,  joined faculty

1992:  Board Certified, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

1987-91:  Residency in Psychiatry, Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital

1983-87:  University of Maryland School of Medicine

Teaching Experience:

Associate Instructor, Dharma College, Berkeley, CA, 

Yearly courses taught at PANY in psychoanalytic program since graduation
Fifteen years experience supervising psychoanalytic candidates
Twenty years experience teaching and supervising residents in NYU Psychiatry residency
Recipient, 2007  NYU Department of Psychiatry Teacher of the Year.

Contemplative Studies:

As a student of Buddhism for almost 20 years, I have a longstanding daily meditation practice, and have completed multiple meditation and study retreats. I have found enormous wisdom in this practice, and experience from it a wellspring of strength, clarity and compassion on which I rely for my work and life. I have completed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Cultivation courses, and continue my studies with my teachers, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Dza Kilung Rinpoche, Tarthang Tulku with the Advanced Buddhist Study Group of Shambhala, NYC and the Contemplative Studies Group of New York. Other influential teachers include Mingyur Rinpoche, Pema Chodron, Alan Wallace, Roshi Roan Halifax and Joanna Macy. Dharma college in Berkeley California has been an important source of ongoing studies that bridge psychoanalytic and Buddhist practice and philosophy
“My greatest satisfaction comes from helping my patients to realize their capacities and live their lives more fully and joyfully. My extensive study of and experience with psychoanalysis and contemplative traditions combine to provide me with curiosity, openness, insight, balance and depth in my approach to suffering and healing.” – Kathleen Lyon