Brett Clarke, M.S.W.

Office address: 3001 Highland Avenue, Suite D, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45219
Office phone: 513-961-8830
Areas of expertise in your practice, supervision, and teaching:
I provide psychoanalysis for adults and psychoanalytic psychotherapy for both adults 
and children/adolescents. This entails working with a wide spectrum of presenting issues,
including anxiety, depression, sexual abuse and trauma, sexual and other compulsive
behaviors, and complex, characterologically based conflicts and relational patterns. Given
my psychoanalytic orientation, I generally try to work with most clinical issues in the context
and particular “language” of the analytic or therapeutic relationship. I also work with parents
(in helping them understand and better relate to and facilitate development of their children).
I provide psychoanalytically oriented clinical supervision/ consultation for mental health clinicians
from various disciplines. As a faculty member of CPI’s Adult Analytic Training Program (ATP),
and as Co-Chair of the Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Program (CAPP), I teach classes
and provide clinical consultation for both analytic candidates and psychotherapy students.

As volunteer faculty for the University of Cincinnati Department of Psychiatry, I have for many
years provided psychotherapy supervision for adult psychiatry residents and child psychiatry
fellows. I have also been a longstanding member of multiple committees at CPI, including the
Education Committee, Curriculum Committee, Outreach Committee, and Progression Committee.
I have served as Dean of the ATP and Chair of the Progression Committee, and between 2012 and
2019 served as Co-Director of CPI

In my published writing, I have been interested in psychoanalysis’ relationship with science and 
scientific forms of knowledge, the inherent complexities and dangers in such alliances, and the more
salutary possibilities for psychoanalysis in ideas about knowledge adapted from Continental
philosophy and philosophical hermeneutics. I have also written papers on ‘truth' and ‘meaning' in
psychoanalysis; understanding the essential character of metaphor and its importance in psychoanalytic
theory and clinical work; the centrality of loss and of the ability (and inability) to mourn, and the nature of
melancholia; and reflections on the experience of writing about psychoanalysis. Some of my writing has
been selected for translation and republication in French and Italian journals.
Education and training:
CPI, Adult Training & Supervising Analyst
CPI, Graduate, Adult Analytic Training Program, 2009
University of Chicago, MSW, 1989
University of Virginia, MA, English & Comparative Literature, 1983
Duke University, BA, 1977

American Psychoanalytic Association