Postgraduate Fellowship Program
Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis
Cambridge, MA


M.A. Counseling Psychology
William James College
Newton, MA


B.A., magna cum laude, Psychology
University of Massachusetts
Boston, MA




Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
License# 9409


State of Rhode Island
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
License# MHC00729




Dimensions Course Instructor
Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis


Adjunct Professor of Psychology
Johnson and Wales University, Providence, RI


Invited Guest Lecturer
Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA




  • Private Practice
  • College Counseling Centers (Rhode Island College, Anna Maria College)
  • Community Mental Health (South Bay Mental Health Center, Center House for Day Treatment)
  • Group Homes (Riverside Community Care, Wellmet Project)




  • Relationship Concerns
  • Complex Family History
  • Psychological Trauma
  • Culture and Diversity
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Personality Disorders
  • Addiction




  • Executive Board Member and APA Division 39 Liaison, Rhode Island Association for Psychoanalytic Psychologies
  • Project Curator and Trainer, Anti-Bullying Campaign, at Anna Maria College
  • Founder & Past Co-Chair, Gender Equality Committee at William James College




  • 2016 Early Career Scholars Award, Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (APA Division 39)



  • International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
  • Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (APA Division 39)
  • Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association
  • Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis




Tummala-Narra, P., Claudius, M., Letendre, P.J., Sarbu, E., Teran, V., & Villalba, W. (2018). Psychoanalytic psychologists’ conceptualizations of cultural competence in psychotherapy. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 35 (1), 46-59. Click here to read the advanced online copy, and here to purchase a PDF copy.




Letendre, P.J. (2020). A theory of love. Paper to be presented February 6-9, 2020 at the 7th International Congress on Couples and Family Psychoanalysis. San Francisco, CA.


Letendre, P.J. (2017). A psychoanalytic perspective on polyamory. Paper presented May 26, 2017 at the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Conference, Sydney, NSW, AUS.


Letendre, P.J. (2017). Reconsidering psychoanalytic theory in polyamorous couple therapy. Paper presented April 27, 2017 at the APA Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) Spring Conference, New York, NY.


Letendre, P.J. (2017). Why psychodynamic training is needed in community mental health. Paper presented March 8, 2017 at the Rhode Island Association for Psychoanalytic Psychologies, Providence, RI.


Letendre, P.J. (2016). Death is our only obligation: An introductory talk on zen meditation practice. Presentation occurred on September 8, 2016 at Cambridge Zen Center, Cambridge, MA.


Letendre, P.J. (2016). Why don’t we talk about it?: Exploring some potential implications of research findings on cultural competency in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Research findings and discussion occurred May 12, 2016 at Rhode Island College, Providence, RI.


Tummala-Narra, P. Claudius, M., Letendre, P.J., & Sarbu, E. (2016). How do psychoanalytic therapists approach cultural competence? Research findings presented April 7, 2016 at the APA Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) Spring Conference, Atlanta, GA.


Letendre, P.J. (2016). Integrating psychodynamic practice in community mental health work. Paper presented January 14, 2016 at South Bay Mental Health Center, Swansea, MA.


Letendre, P.J. (2015). A psychoanalytic exploration of contemporary issues in sexual relationships, college, and young adulthood. Paper presented December 17, 2015 at the Counseling Center at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.


Letendre, P.J. (2015). Why psychodynamic training is needed in community mental health. Paper presented August 9, 2015 at the American Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, ON, CAN.


Letendre, P.J. (2015). Reconsidering male development in psychoanalytic theory and gender studies. Paper presented January 16, 2015 at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Atlanta, GA.


Letendre, P.J. (2014). The utility of dream analysis in community mental health counseling. Paper presented at South Bay Mental Health Center, Swansea, MA.


Letendre, P.J. (2014). The neurobiology of transference: Affect, dissociation, and trauma in psychotherapy. Paper presented at South Bay Mental Health Center, Swansea, MA.


Letendre, P.J. (2013). The obscured voice: An argument for the recognition of complex post-traumatic stress disorder. Paper presented April 29, 2013 at William James College, Newton, MA.


Letendre, P.J. (2012). The split between evidence-based and ‘non-objective’ treatments. Paper presented September 14, 2012 at the 4th Virtual Conference on Counseling.


Stahl, J.V., Isenberg, D., Garcia, J., Letendre, P.J., & Noblet, L. (2012). The impact on counseling trainees of weekly journaling about learning from clients. Paper presented June 23, 2012 at the 2012 Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) Annual Conference, Virginia Beach, VA. Manuscript being prepared for publication.


Akin, K., Cornwell, C., Grasint, K., & Letendre, P.J. (2010). Heterosexual male preferences in gender roles and romantic relationships. Poster presented May 12, 2010 at the Spring Psi Chi Conference at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA.


Gordon, L., Soldan, A., Sheehy, J.P., Amaral, K., Buesso, D., Clarke, B., Colleran, C., Kuras, Y., Letendre, P.J., Mehta, N., & Schmider, A. (2010). Priming effects and implicit memory of possible and impossible 3D objects over time. Poster presented at 2010 Spring research conference at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. North Dartmouth, MA.