I never intended to be an analytic therapist. True, from an early age, I was curious about the human mind, and eventually, in 1995, I earned my Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia, focusing on attachment. Through Dartmouth Medical School, I completed an internship and two year-long post-doctoral fellowships, including work in community mental health clinics, at the Center for Genetics and Child Development, and in the neonatal intensive care nursery. During these training years, an unexpected event upset my life plans, and I sought psychoanalysis. As I came to understand myself, I knew that my life’s work was to share this incomparable journey with others. For over 20 years, I have learned psychoanalysis through ongoing personal analysis, reading, and weekly consultation.
My professional work began at West Central Behavioral Health, where I treated children and families and started an early childhood mental health program. In 2000, I began a private practice in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children, families, and adults. In my practice, I also provide consultation for childcare teachers, early interventionists, and home visitors. As Adjunct Assistant Professor at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, I have taught psychology interns, pediatric residents and child psychiatry fellows about early emotional development. I am a Fellow of Zero to Three, and have been a member of the World Association of Infant Mental Health and of the International Pre-Autistic Network, and a working member of the Early Childhood Mental Health Network of the Upper Valley.
A Colleague's View
Dr. Miriam Voran is a caring, experienced, conscientious professional.
Caring means she brings compassion, insight and patience to understanding the life challenges her clients bring to her.
Experienced means she has seen many people of different ages through a solid career, so she knows about all kinds of people – there isn’t much that could shock or dismay her and she is comfortable with people from all backgrounds.
Conscientious means that she thinks about what would be best for people and doesn’t shrink from making the right recommendation. It also means that she keeps up with the latest research and clinical knowledge, and offers clients top-of-the-line assessment and treatment.
Professional means that Miriam adheres to the highest ethical standards and implements clear, considerate policies and procedures in her practice.
I appreciate having Miriam as a colleague; individuals and families in the area are lucky to have her expertise available.
Kerry Kelly Novick—Child, Adolescent and Adult Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst; Past President, Association for Child Psychoanalysis; Author of Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work and many other books and articles.
Workshops and Articles
I enjoy talking with groups about child development, parenting and mental health. Over the years, I have spoken with parents and professionals about many topics, including:
Getting A Good Night’s Sleep: Infants, Toddlers and Their Parents
The Necessity of Play
Red Flags Concerning Young Children’s Social and Emotional Health
Why Does My Child Act Like That? Understanding and Working With Temperament
For examples of my writing, see: