The Institute for Clinical Social Work


Paula Lorig Ammerman, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.
Class of 1996

​​Paula Ammerman maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Hyde Park, where she works with individuals and couples. Additionally, she has taught social work at Loyola University of Chicago and The University of Chicago, and she is currently a faculty member at ICSW. She is also an active member of the Children’s Psychotherapy Project: A Home Within, which provides long-term pro bono services to children in the foster care system. Dr. Ammerman’s research topic at ICSW focused on the functions of countertransference in working with clients who have character disorders. Her work in this area is ongoing, and she speaks regularly about this subject, including a presentation titled “Hate as an Enactment in the Relational Paradigm.”


Functions of countertransference in psychotherapy of borderline disorder: The clinician's experience (1996)


Adult and adolescent psychotherapy; Object Relations Theory


  • Northwestern University, B.S.
  • Loyola University of Chicago, M.S.W.
  • Institute for Clinical Social Work, Ph.D.


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