Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.
Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, Psychologist, teacher and author. She is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont and in private practice in central Vermont. Polly is the originator of Dialogue Therapy, which is designed to help couples and others (for example, parents and grown children) to transform chronic conflict into greater closeness and development. Two books by Polly on Dialogue Therapy were published in 1984 and 1993, respectively, presenting its theory and methods for clinicians and the general public. Dialogue Therapy has been expanded, in recent years, to include methods of Mindfulness, alongside its unique combination of Object Relations and Psychodrama. In January 2019, Shambhala/Random House published Polly’s new book, Love Between Equals: Relationship as a Spiritual Path which offers her vision of personal love as a spiritual path and draws on her experience of 30 years as a Dialogue Therapist and Jungian psychoanalyst. Polly’s clinical practice and teaching have focused both on individual psychotherapy and analysis, as well as Dialogue Therapy. She is past president of the Vermont Association for Psychoanalytic Studies and a founding member of the Vermont Institute for the Psychotherapies. She is also a Mindfulness teacher and has been a practitioner of Buddhism since 1971.
Polly is the author or editor of eighteen books, ranging from parenting, adult development, intimate and parental love, Buddhist theory, Jungian psychology to women’s development, couple therapy, couple development, and various paths to awakening/enlightenment from meditation to personal love. These books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Her most recent works are Love Between Equals: Relationship as a Spiritual Path (Shambhala, 2019); The Present Heart: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Discovery (Rodale, 2014); The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Confident and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self-Importance (Little, Brown, 2008); and The Cambridge Companion to Jung: New and Revised, of which she is co-editor with Terence Dawson (Cambridge University Press, 2008). In the fall of 2018, Polly began the podcast ENEMIES: From War to Wisdom with co-host Eleanor Johnson.