Located in the oldest farmhouse in the hamlet of Bedford Hills (walking distance to Metro North), the Westchester Institute's proud tradition of training, rooted in philosophical existential humanism and eclectic theory, dates back to 1962 when it began under the auspices of the Hudson River Counseling Service, as an institute for training pastoral counselors.
In 1969 the organization was incorporated as the Herbert Holt Institute, under the direction of Herbert Holt, MD, and Lyman Hartley, Jr., MDiv. It was renamed and reorganized as the Westchester Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in 1972, and again in 1974 under its current name.
Alumni of the Westchester Institute practice across the tri-state area and around the United States, contributing their unique perspectives to the continuing development of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
The Institute holds an absolute educational charter from the State of New York, and offers an approved training program that qualifies graduates to sit for the exam leading to licensure in psychoanalysis in New York State.