Check out the 2021-2022 Reading Groups, posted now under "events"!


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    The Massachusetts Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (MAPP) was founded in 1988, initially with 100 members. Now we have over 300 members and are a strong educational presence in psychoanalytic psychology within the greater Boston community.


    MAPP offers talks and workshops throughout the year that create a forum for lively scholarly and clinical exchange. Many programs offer Continuing Education for licensed mental health professionals. Our programs are theoretically stimulating and clinically relevant, focusing on issues of current interest in contemporary psychoanalysis. Recent local and out-of-town speakers have included Lew Aron, Jessica Benjamin, Dan Buie, Steven Cooper, Darlene Ehrenberg, Virginia Goldner, Irwin Hoffman, Lynne Layton, Karlen Lyons-Ruth, Owen Renik, Roy Schafer, and many others.


    MAPP is a place where you can share your clinical work and affiliate in a collegial and informal setting. Gain access to our email referral group where you can receive referrals directly in your email inbox. Connect with other members through participating in peer supervision, study groups, and on our board. Discuss professional concerns and issues. Improve your training level and skill. Be part of our community by joining our mailing list. It's free!

    Graduate Students and Trainees

    We are passionate about making psychoanalytic ideas accessible in plain English and offer many programs suitable for graduate students and trainees in the mental health professionals.


    Current MAPP Officers

    Lotte Smith-Hansen, PhD


    Psychologist, private practice in Boston


    Attending Psychologist, Boston Children's Hospital; Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School; Private practice in Brookline

    Sarah Meehan, PsyD


    Psychologist, private practice in Winchester; Principle Instructor & Staff Psychologist, Human Relations Service in Wellesley

    Kristin Hall, LMHC


    Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Cambridge

    Janet Sand, PhD

    Representative to the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology

    Psychologist, private practice in Cambridge; Member of MAPP since its founding

    Marina Kovarsky, LICSW

    Member at Large

    Psychoanalyst, couples therapist, private practice in Boston; Faculty at MIP, PCFINE, Boston College School for Social Work


    Upcoming Events

    The MAPP Program for 2021-2022 will be announced soon! In the meantime, please consider joining one of our new ongoing reading groups this year:

    Reading Group: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Trauma
    The group will explore psychoanalytic understandings of trauma and its treatment, including both original papers (e.g., Freud, Janet, Spielrein, Ferenczi, Severn, Winnicott, Freiberg) and contemporary perspectives (e.g., Bromberg, Shengold, Levy, Lemma, Reis, Garland, Grossmark). Readings will serve as a springboard for discussing diverse areas such as dissociation, deferred action, repetition compulsion, working through, enactments, and transference/countertransference. The group will consider the relevance of various psychoanalytic formulations in working with patients who have experienced discrete, developmental/complex, intergenerational, collective, and/or systemic trauma. The group will meet once a month via Zoom, beginning January 2022. Facilitated by Laura Captari, Ph.D. and Rex Kintanar, Psy.D. Please contact Laura Captari at lcaptari@bu.edu.

    Reading Group: Relational Psychoanalysis
    The group will delve into the rich literature on relational psychoanalysis and intersubjectivity theory with readings by Lewis Aron, Steven Mitchell, Jessica Benjamin, Atwood and Stolorow, and others. The group will explore the benefits and potential pitfalls of working relationally, as well as the impact of the analyst's subjectivity on our work with patients. Facilitated by: TBD. The group will meet once a month via Zoom. Please contact Britt Jagodnik, LICSW at bljagodnik@gmail.com.

    Reading Group: Lacan and the Object Relation
    The group will read and discuss the fourth year of Jacques Lacan’s Seminar, The Object Relation. Jacques Lacan (1901-1981) was an influential French psychoanalyst who, in the 1950s and 1960s, argued a “return to Freud” was crucial for psychoanalysis. In this year of his seminar, he addresses what he believes to be a Freudian view of object relations, including innovations of his own. The reading will be The Object Relation: The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book IV. The group will meet once a month on the third Wednesday of the month, beginning in November 2021. We will meet from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, either in person (around Brookline) or online, according to member preferences and evolving public safety guidelines. Facilitated by Kai Bekkeli, PhD and Carl Waitz, PsyD. To join, please contact Carl Waitz at carl.waitz@childrens.harvard.edu.


    To stay updated about upcoming events, please join our mailing list.


    Past Events

    Fireside Chat with Nancy McWilliams: Supervision and Its Vicissitudes
    Nancy McWilliams discussed key themes from her new book on supervision in an informal and interactive format. Held on Saturday, January 16, 2021, from 10am to 12pm.
    Touching Becomes Touching: Mind, Body, and Sexuality in a New Relational Psychoanalysis
    Jonathan Slavin and Miki Rahmani explored how sexuality embodies all of the potential for human experiencing in ourselves, in relationships, and in treatment from a relational psychoanalytic perspective. The workshop included a live supervision. This event provided 4.5 continuing education credits for psychologists. This event was held on Saturday, February 6, 2021, from 9:00am to 2:15pm.
    A Key Role for Existential Principles in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: "Tell Me When You're Ready"
    Peter Lawner discussed and illustrated ways that existential understandings can inform and enhance psychodynamic psychotherapy. This event was held on Saturday, March 27, 2021, from 10am to 12pm.
    Nuts and Bolts of Private Practice
    Back by popular demand, Michael Healy facilitated a panel discussion about the business aspects of private practice. This event was held on Saturday, April 3, 2021, from 10am to 12pm.
    A Couch for Two: Psychodynamic Therapy with Couples
    Marina Kovarsky discussed the unique opportunities for change as well as the therapeutic challenges inherent in working with couples within a psychodynamic framework. This event was held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, from 10am to 12pm.


    Office Space Listings


    Part-time. Beautifully furnished, spacious office in psychotherapy suite at 1101 Beacon Street available for sublet on Mondays and Saturdays. Large waiting room, A/C and elevator in the building. Ample on-street, metered parking and Green Line T stop directly in front of the building.

    Dr. Keith Irving


    Cambridge / Harvard Square

    Part-time. Beautifully furnished, spacious office in a renovated psychotherapy suite in a charming historic building in the heart of Harvard Square. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, A/C. Large sunny waiting room. One block from Charles Hotel, Red Line (T) and bus line. Sublet daytime, evening, and/or weekend hours. Discounted parking available nearby.


    Dr. Carolyn Rieder


    Cambridge / Harvard Square

    Full-time. Attractive, furnished Harvard Square (corner of Mt Auburn and Willard streets) psychotherapist’s office
    available full time beginning January, 2018 in handsome two office suite.


    Dr. Peter Lawner



    Late-afternoons, evenings and weekends. Attractive fully furnished Wellesley Square office available for weekday evenings and entire days on Wednesdays and weekends, in a quiet building. Sun filled with windows. Commuter rail located across the street with ample metered parking.


    Dr. Miriam Waldheter


    Brookline / Coolidge Corner

    Part-time. Saturdays are available in beautifully furnished office in Brookline near Coolidge Corner. Large south facing windows overlooking Beacon Street looking out on tree tops in a newly renovated suite available in medical building on Beacon Street. Elevator in building, free parking on the street and MBTA stop in front of the building. Shared waiting room, kitchenette.


    Marjorie Siegel


    Cambridge / Central Square

    Part-time. Monday-Wednesday-Thursday morning-Friday afternoon and weekend. Beautifully furnished large sunny office close to T. Suite is shared with other therapists. Well maintained building with elevators. Fees include utilities, internet, and parking.


    Pamela Lamto



    Part-time. Lovely furnished sublet for individuals or couples. Collegial clinicians. Available Monday at 3 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays until 1 pm (Thursday after 4 pm negotiable) and all day Fridays and Saturdays. Bike/walk/bus/drive from Harvard Square.


    Barbara Saltzstein


    Back Bay (Boston)

    Full-time (unfurnished) & part-time (fully furnished) offices for private practitioner or small group practice in newly constructed office suite in beautiful Back Bay building. Half-block from Public Garden with amazing Boston views. Fully furnished shared waiting area, bathroom, kitchenette and free WIFI. Interoffice referrals available in collegial community of private practitioners. Private practice start-up consultation resources available.


    Contact 617-299-1345 or


    Harvard Square (Cambridge)

    Furnished part-time psychotherapy office in Victorian house. Shared waiting area/bathrooms/kitchen and free WIFI with great community of clinicians. Interoffice referral opportunities; private practice start-up consultation resources available. $176+/month per 4-hour/week block.


    Contact 617-299-1345 or



    Lovely, large, fully furnished office near Arlington Center in well-appointed Victorian building. On public bus route. Free Parking. Free Wi-Fi. All utilities included. Available all weekdays. Office is 150 sq ft., large enough for social distancing. Includes storage closet.


    Gabe Gruner



    Peaceful, sunny office in a shared suite steps from the Central Square T stop. Enjoy views of the Cambridge skyline and from the 7th floor of the desirable 875 Mass Ave office building. Accessible to Harvard and MIT students, working professionals in downtown Boston, Cambridge, and beyond. This is a great place to build or move your practice, perfect whether you are needing a private workspace away from home or if you plan to see clients in person. Dimensions are 9'x15’. Please contact Jessica Somers for additional details or to see the space:

    jessicasomerslicsw@gmail.com; 724-575-2588.


    Office available in a three office suite in the SS Pierce building (which is currently home to many of our lovely colleagues). If anyone is looking for office space in this fantastic location (I have been working from my office, meeting with patients remotely) please don't hesitate to reach out and I can provide more details. Offices would be available at the end of March, and I'd be happy someone is interested but wants to wait a few months to move in. Possibilities for sooner occupancy also exist.


    Please respond directly to ebenlaskerpsyd@gmail.com.

    Downtown Salem

    Beautiful exposed brick office with new windows in downtown Salem available beginning in February. Very spacious office space with separate waiting room. Building was recently renovated and is located in a charming historic building in the heart of Salem’s downtown district and adjacent to many other therapy practices. Central air conditioning and heat. Large sunny waiting room. One block from Salem train stop (Newburyport/Rockport line) and Wonderland bus line. Discounted municipal parking available very nearby. Furniture available for purchase as part of office lease.


    Shelby Ortega, Ph.D.




    Copley Square/Back Bay

    Lovely furnished office with lots of light, hardwood floors, tall ceilings, and AC, cozy and modern at the same time. Hourly, part-time and full-time options. Extremely low monthly rent for this great downtown location. Great for individual, couples, and group therapy. On the Green Line and the Orange Line, only a 10 minute walk from the Red Line. Private kitchenette. Shared bathroom and waiting room. Full-time option comes with one existing subletter. Office has been COVID-proofed: Client and therapist can sit 8 feet apart (with masks), all windows open, two fans ensure excellent air circulation, etc.

    Dr. Lotte Smith-Hansen
    Lottesh3@gmail.com / (413) 559-1595


    Lovely office space for rent in Cambridge-beautiful office right between Harvard and Porter Squares. My psychologist office mates are fantastic and the building is very well maintained. The office is bright and full of sun, rent is $875 per month including heat. I’m also open to finding a couple of people who would sublet it if you were not interested in taking on a whole office space. Please feel free to contact me at:

    Ardith Welwood

    Brighton Center

    Beautiful office in great location (Brighton Center) close to Newton, Cambridge, Watertown and Brookline. Building is well-maintained and shared by other providers (massage therapists, clinical therapists). Close to cafes and restaurants, not on busy street, ample street parking and quiet/peaceful office space. Looking to rent it out 2-3 days/week.

    Sofie Daley, LICSW

    Have an Office Spacing Listing to Post?


    Email us at: admin@mappsych.org

  • Member Publications

    Publications with more than one author have the name of the MAPP member in bold.

    This volume offers a valuable and compelling account on how to approach polyamorous relationships from the clinical perspective. While there is no uniform answer, Dr. Fosse’s compassionate and discerning approach that combines relative neutrality, an open-minded embrace of nontraditional lifestyle choices, and skilful attention to countertransference dynamics is likely to be inspiring. Dr. Fosse exposes the dynamics of love, sex, jealousy, and compersion as they play out in lives of those interested in polyamory, and more broadly, consensual nonmonogamy. Her focus is on relationships worth having.

    In this paper, I introduce and develop my concept of Body Words and show how they emerge in clinical process in inverse proportion to the Repetition Compulsion. So it is that I see the clinician’s task in every psychoanalytic treatment as involving a particular focus on the reclamation and growth of the availability of Body Words in both participants, which I illustrate in my work with Doreen. This treatment also demonstrates that the forward movement in therapy can be inhibited, as Russell counsels, by the therapist’s resistance to what the patient is feeling. Furthermore, I outline how my writing—whether daily session notes, associative diary entries, or more formally constructed journal articles—serves a self-supervisory function while also providing a sturdy container for evanescent process moments of Body Words. Once written, Body Words take their place as narrative, reflection, and memory, preserving experience for future reverie or conceptualization.

    In Building Bridges, Stuart A. Pizer gives much-needed recognition to the central role of negotiation in the analytic relationship and in the therapeutic process. Building on a Winnicottian perspective that comprehends paradox as the condition for preserving an intrapsychic and relational "potential space," Pizer explores how the straddling of paradox requires an ongoing process of negotiation and demonstrates how such negotiation articulates the creative potential within the potential space of analysis.

    In this paper we explore some of the ways one’s individual sexuality, one’s sexual fingerprint, embodies all of the potential for human experiencing in ourselves and in relationship: the driven and surrendering, the edges of passion and violation, the paradox of relationship and dissociation, attunement and personal desire. Our focus is on sexuality in the powerful, brain-changing interactions between patients and therapists in the treatment process.

    This article explores how these two seemingly different conceptual and developmental frameworks—sexuality as a function of mind, and agency as a derivative of relational experience—may be compatible. Here, I examine the relationship of sexuality and the experience of agency in parent–child and analyst–patient relationships, and suggest that sexuality as such may yet have a central role in contemporary psychoanalytic thinking and in our understanding of the basic nature of psychic functioning.

    The present study examines relationships between patient attachment and therapist countertransference in a large, naturalistic, longitudinal study of psychodynamic psychotherapy in a safety-net hospital. This study explored patterns in the relationship between therapist countertransference and patient attachment in two ways: (a) by studying cross sectional associations between patient-reported attachment and therapist-reported countertransference at 3 months into treatment, and (b) by studying if changes in patient-reported attachment over the course of psychotherapy are associated with changes in therapist-reported countertransference. In a sample of 101 therapy dyads, patients completed self-report attachment domains and therapists completed self-report countertransference measures 3 months following initiation of psychotherapy. Results showed initial significant positive associations between patient-rated attachment anxiety and therapist-rated “parental/protective,” “special/overinvolved,” and “overwhelmed/disorganized” countertransference. A sample of 119 therapy dyads (these included dyads in which therapists and patients completed measures at any point in time) was analyzed using multilevel modeling. Results showed that initial patient-rated attachment anxiety was associated with decreases in therapist-rated parental/protective and special/overinvolved countertransference over time. Decreases in patient-rated attachment anxiety were associated with subsequent increases in therapist reports of feeling overwhelmed/disorganized. These findings provide a greater understanding of how attending to patient attachment and therapist countertransference together may cofacilitate treatment and improve patient outcomes.

    This paper explores the relationships between experienced defect and the subsequent shame and longing for recognition. A clinical vignette is presented in which a young woman sought treatment for her infidelity to her husband: a behavior she found totally mystifying and deeply troubling. Using Bollas’ concept of ‘‘the unthought known,’’ parallels are drawn between this patient, who was adopted at 2 weeks of age, and Oedipus’ experience of knowing and not knowing his fate. A case is made for the idea that we both avoid and seek to know what is unbearable about ourselves, including our sense of defects. One motivation for this is the longing to be seen, recognized, known, and, finally, know one’s self.

    This paper explores questions relating to class differences between patient and analyst and how they might be addressed in the therapeutic dyad. A literature review indicates that a longstanding gap in discussions of social context for psychoanalytic endeavors is beginning to be addressed. The author suggests that issues of shame and envy, on the part of both patient and analyst, can lead to impasses and compromise treatment. Two vignettes are offered in which class differences intersect with more intimate aspects of intersubjective relating. The author employs self-disclosure as a way to foster genuine dialogue regarding the disparities that can impede our work as healers.

    The interactive nature of myth allows us to explore many aspects of human nature. The myth of Theseus is explored as a clinical vignette to explore the function of recognition—and its absence—in the development of self. Recognition in different forms is examined. It is seen as a developmental and an intersubjective process in which one strives to be seen fully by the other. The absence of recognition leads to shame. Paradoxically, the compassionate recognition of shame is essential to self-recognition and to development. This is seen as prerequisite both for intimacy and a sense of coherence. Two forms of recognition are discussed: recognition through shared selfobjects and the concept of part recognition. For recognition to take place, one must tolerate the vicissitudes and vulnerabilities that occur between different subjectivities—and there must be subjectivities available for the task.


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