Silvia M. Dutchevici, MA, LCSW is the founder and President of the Critical Therapy Institute.
With more than 20 years experience in social services, non-profit organizations and a passion for psychotherapy, Dutchevici (pronounced ‘doot-*kay*-vitch’) created the Critical Therapy Institute in recognition of the need to expand psychoanalytic praxis to include and be mindful of the ways race, class, gender and religion interact with psychological conflicts.
Silvia has a strong background in psychoanalytic theory and trauma, with particular focus on torture. Through the years, dissatisfied with the limits of psychoanalysis, Silvia began incorporating critical pedagogy and liberation psychology in her work with patients, creating critical therapy, focusing on issues regarding empowerment and liberation. Critical therapy analyzes the way ideology is present in the clinical hour and believes that psychotherapy requires an interrogation of both the therapist’s and the patient’s world view.
Silvia Dutchevici served as the Executive Director of Queens Pride House and prior to founding the Critical Therapy Center, she was on the staff of Sanctuary for Families, the Arab American Family Support Center, the Ms. Foundation for Women, and the International League for Human Rights.
Born in Romania, Silvia wanted to help the orphans of her country to ensure a better future for them by joining the Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation, a humanitarian organization working with orphanages through the country, providing technical assistance and educating staff on giving better care. Silvia obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from New York University (NYU). She is also a graduate of the New School for Social Research with a Master’s Degree (MA) in Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies and Political Science from Fordham University. She trained at the Bellevue/NYU Survivors of Torture Program, the Parent Child Center of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and the New York Freudian Society.
Silvia is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, and the Association of Women in Psychology. She is also a member of Physicians for Human Rights’ Asylum Network, where she conducts psychological evaluations documenting evidence of torture and persecution for survivors fleeing danger in their home countries. Silvia has presented at Decolonizing Psychology, the International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, the Diversity Challenge Conference in Boston and throughout the years she has lectured at Fordham University and NYU. A a recognized expert, Silvia has been featured in various publications such as: Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, The Guardian, International Business Times, and Women’s Health. She is a founding board member of Black Women’s Blueprint and was profiled in the 25th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.