Andrew Tatarsky Ph.D.
Andrew Tatarsky, Ph.D., developed Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) as a radical alternative to the traditional disease model based abstinence-only approach to treating the spectrum of risky and addictive behavior. IHRP brings relational psychoanalysis, CBT and mindfulness together in a harm reduction frame of acceptance, compassion, empowerment and collaboration. The therapy has been described in his book, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, and a series of papers. The book has been translated into Polish and Spanish. Andrew holds a doctorate in psychology from the City University of New York and is a graduate of New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is founder and director of the Center for Optimal Living in NYC, a treatment, professional training and organizational consultation center based on IHRP; a founding member and Past-President of the Division on Addiction of New York State Psychological Association, and a member of the Medical and Clinical Advisory Boards of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. He has trained in 17 countries. His writing, teaching, clinical work and leadership aim to promote a rehumanized view of addiction and a harm reduction continuum of care that will extend help to everyone who needs and wants it whereever they are ready to begin their positive change journeys.