Janet G. Benton, Psy.D.

psychologist and psychoanalyst NYC | UPPER WEST SIDE



Janet G. Benton, Psy.D.


Dr. Benton is a psychotherapy supervisor and a faculty member at the William Alanson White Institute and is an Associate Editor of White's journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She is also on the faculty at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy. She is a supervisor for the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health and for the clinical psychology graduate programs at Teachers College at Columbia University and the City University of New York.

Dr. Benton earned her doctoral degree in psychology from Yeshiva University (Ferkauf School of Psychology), her certificate in psychoanalysis from the White Institute, and her bachelor of arts degree from St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland.


Dr. Benton has presented papers at the conferences “Longing: Psychoanalytic Musings on Desire” (2003) and “Failure: Psychoanalytic Explorations” (2010) and was a discussant with a musical presentation at a colloquium “Music and the Sources of Affective Resonance in Brain, Language and Psychotherapy” (2007).

She received the Kaufman Award for excellence in writing in 2006 from the White Institute for “A Mind of My Own: Working with Shame.” She was a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development  (Springer, 2010), and published “Thinking and Talking: Where’s the Human in David Brooks’ Social Animal,” (LINK) a blog in Psychology Today, April, 2011. 

Her paper “Success and Failure: Cultural and Psychoanalytical Perspectives” will be published as a chapter in the book Understanding and Coping with Failure: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (Routledge, May, 2014). 

Dr. Benton will present a paper at the July, 2014 Joint International Conference,  “Passion,” in Florence, Italy.


Dr. Benton was formerly a member of the Arts Group and Sexual Abuse and Trauma Group at the White Institute. She participates in a biweekly study group in which contemporary psychoanalytic ideas are discussed.

Aside from being a psychologist and psychoanalyst, Dr. Benton is an amateur violinist and enthusiastic chamber musician.