Robert W. Gunn, Ph.D.

About Me

I have been in private practice of psychotherapy in Manhattan for over thirty years. My office is in the Lincoln Towers, 160 West End Avenue,  a short walk from Lincoln Center.

            My training has been extensive. Originally trained in Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Therapy, I moved on to a full-time three year program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Blanton Peale Institute here in New York. That work was acknowledged by Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts when they awarded me a Doctor of Ministry in Psychology and Clinical Studies.

            I expanded my studies into Analytic Psychology and Psychoanalysis under Ann B. Ulanov, a Jungian analyst, in the Department of Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary, where I was awarded a Ph.D. My dissertation was published as a book by Paulist Press in 2000, with the title Journeys Into Emptiness: Dôgen, Merton and Jung and the Quest for Transformation.

            In addition to my private practice, I have taught several courses at Union Theological Seminary: Religious Vocation, Journeys into Emptiness, and in the Spring of 2013, I will be teaching The Psychological Dimensions of Inter-religious Dialogue and Double Belonging.

            I have also taught a course on Sex, Culture and Power at the Blanton Peale Institute; a course on The Interpretation of Dreams at the Harlem Family Institute; and Marriage and Family Issues  and Alcoholism, Addiction and Recovery in the Pastoral Counseling Department of the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health.

            I was Director of the South Nassau Family Counseling Institute in Rockville Centre, Long Island, N.Y. for two years, supervising a staff of seven therapists and conducting a Pastoral Studies program for clergy.

            I am a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy, and a Member of the American Psychological Association.

            I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and have served churches in Maine, Boston and the New York area.

            I am also an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist priest at the Village Zendo in New York, where I study and practice Zen under Roshi Enkyo O’Hara.

            I have been active in Buddhist/Christian dialogue as well as the Buddhism and Psychotherapy Dialogue and presented papers at conferences in Seattle, Los Angeles and Kyoto, Japan.

            I have been guest lecturer and retreat leader at Wisdom House and the Passionate Holy Family Retreat Center, both in Connecticut; at Riverside Church, St. James and Broadway United Church of Christ in New York.

            In addition being open for referrals for psychotherapy, I am available to give lectures, workshops  or retreats in the intersections of Psychotherapy, Christianity and Zen Buddhism. For further information and samples of my writing, please see my website,

            I can be contacted here (, or by phone, 646-391-6120.

            I look forward to hearing how I can be of service to you.


Robert W. Gunn, A.B., S.T.M., D.Min., Ph.D.

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