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    Education

    MAPP offers talks and workshops throughout the year that create a forum for lively scholarly and clinical exchange. Many programs offer Continuing Education credits 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.

    Community

    MAPP is a place where you can share your clinical work and affiliate in a collegial and informal setting. Join our mailing list to hear about upcoming events. Join our email referral group to receive referrals directly in your email inbox. Connect with other members through our reading groups, supervision/consultation group, discussion listserv, and on our board.

    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.

  • MEMBERSHIP

    Join or Renew Your MAPP Membership!

    2022 Student Membership

    2022 Student Membership

    20.00
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    2022 Early Career Membership

    2022 Early Career Membership

    40.00
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    2022 Regular Membership

    2022 Regular Membership

    80.00
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    2022 Sustaining Membership

    2022 Sustaining Membership

    100.00
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  • EVENTS SPRING 2022

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    Deliberate Practice for Psychodynamic Therapists

    Deliberate Practice for Psychodynamic Therapists

    5.00 - 40.00
    Tony Rousmaniere and Hanna Levenson will describe and demonstrate new methods of therapist training and supervision in psychodynamic therapy based on Deliberate Practice (DP). DP is a method for trainees and therapists to rehearse challenging clinical skills in conditions similar to situations with real clients, in contrast to traditional methods of graduate training which are primarily intellectual (e.g., reading, writing, discussing, supervision, self-reflection). The presentation will include a live demonstration of practicing one such skill (empathy) as well as video clips of trainees rehearsing another skill (gathering information for a dynamic formulation). Discussion will focus on the benefits and limitations of such skills-based methods for learning psychodynamic therapy, a treatment model that depends on deep emotional authenticity, a sense of uncertainty, and the uniqueness of the therapist-patient dyad. Will be held on Zoom. CEUs: 1.5.
    Monday, January 10, 2022
    From 4:30 to 6:00pm EST
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    Fireside Chat with Jonathan Shedler

    Fireside Chat with Jonathan Shedler

    5.00 - 45.00
    Jonathan Shedler will describe seven core principles of contemporary psychodynamic therapy in an informal conversational format. These include a focus on affect and expression of emotion, exploration of attempts to avoid distressing thoughts and feelings, identification of recurring themes and patterns, discussion of past experience (developmental focus), focus on interpersonal relations, focus on the therapy relationship, and exploration of fantasy life. Will be held on Zoom. CEUs: 1.5.
    Saturday, January 15, 2022
    From 1:00 to 2:30pm
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    Introduction to Internal Family Systems

    Introduction to Internal Family Systems

    5.00 - 45.00
    Richard Schwartz will give an introduction to IFS and discuss the basic assumptions of the model, including the non-pathological multiplicity of the mind and the concept of the Self. He will describe 3 types of sub-personalities that most often present in therapy (Manager parts, Firefighter parts, and Exiled parts), as well as the goals of IFS, including the concept of releasing certain feelings and beliefs which allows harmony and balance in the system. Video clips will be used to demonstrate what IFS looks like in practice. Will be held on Zoom. CEUs: 1.5.
    Wednesday, February 2, 2022
    From 6:00 to 7:30pm
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    The Transformative Action Project: Violence Transformed

    The Transformative Action Project: Violence Transformed

    5.00 - 35.00
    Barbara Hamm and L’Merchie Frazier will lead a workshop based on the Violence Transformed approach, which integrates trauma-informed mindfulness practices and creative engagement activities designed to help groups and communities offset the impact of violence. The workshop will include a brief overview on the bio/psycho/social impacts of trauma (historical, structural, interpersonal, and familial) and then shift into interactive mindful practices and a brief creative expression activity. Will be held on Zoom or in person (TBD).
    Tuesday, March 22, 2022
    From 4:00 to 6:00pm
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    Introduction to Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy: Healing from the Get-Go

    Introduction to Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy: Healing from the Get-Go

    5.00 - 35.00
    Dr. Ethan Seidman will introduce core concepts and interventions of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, using vignettes and videos to bring the practice to life. Developed by Diana Fosha, AEDP is a non-pathologizing, integrative treatment model focused on attachment, emotion and transformation, with growing interest in the U.S. and internationally.Will be held on Zoom, in person or in a hybrid format (TBD).
    Saturday, March 26, 2022
    From 10:00 to 12:00noon
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    Movie and Discussion: The Challenges of Normal Sexuality

    Movie and Discussion: The Challenges of Normal Sexuality

    5.00 - 40.00
    David Doolittle will use the movie The Sessions to discuss the challenges of normal sexuality. After a few opening remarks, we will watch the movie together via Zoom, followed by a talk on normal sexuality, inhibition, and perversion. Will be held on Zoom. CEUs: 1.5.
    Saturday, April 2, 2022
    From 12noon to 3pm
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    Nuts and Bolts of Private Practice

    Nuts and Bolts of Private Practice

    5.00 - 35.00
    Panel Discussion with Lotte Smith-Hansen, Jennifer Bortle, and Mark Davila about the business aspects of private practice. Will be held on Zoom.
    Saturday, April 9, 2022
    From 10am to 12noon
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    Video Games in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Opening a Window to Play in Treatment

    Video Games in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Opening a Window to Play in Treatment

    5.00 - 40.00
    Mike Langlois will discuss how current technologies play out in the psychotherapy treatment room, and demonstrate how video games used by clients are rich with metaphors related to the client's personality, attachment styles, and ego defenses. Using case study material, he will show how clinicians can integrate technology into psychodynamic psychotherapy in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of our clients, their projections, transference and countertransference. The presentation will also help clinicians to determine when and how video gaming is a healthy resource, pathological or an obstacle to client functioning. Will be held on Zoom. CEUs: 1.5.
    Thursday, April 28, 2022
    From 6:00 to 7:30pm
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    Emotionally Corrective Experiences and Enduring Change in Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy

    Emotionally Corrective Experiences and Enduring Change in Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy

    5.00 - 45.00
    Hanna Levenson will use video clips to illustrate how interwoven relational and technical change processes brought about the patient’s enduring change in a six-session time-limited dynamic psychotherapy (TLDP). Originally conceived in the 1940’s, the corrective emotional experience (CEE) was described as the analyst’s intentionally behaving in a way that is opposite of the patient’s experience of early caregivers. However, today’s conception of the CEE is more refined and yet elegantly simple. Drawing on the neurobiological mechanism of memory reconsolidation, Dr. Levenson will illustrate how CEEs can effect meaningful and lasting change. TLDP is an empirically supported approach, and researchers have undertaken to analyze this six-session therapy in particular. In this presentation, Dr. Levenson will put forward that the paradigm of memory reconsolidation in the form of corrective emotional experiences can be used intentionally by psychodynamic therapists to relieve suffering more effectively and efficiently. Will be held on Zoom. CEUs: 1.5.
    Saturday, April 30, 2022
    From 1:00 to 2:30pm
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    EMDR Basics for Psychodynamic Therapists

    EMDR Basics for Psychodynamic Therapists

    5.00 - 35.00
    Dr. Rebecca Rosenblum will discuss what psychodynamic therapists need to know about referring clients to EMDR for adjunctive treatment. Her talk will provide a general introduction to EMDR, address common questions and misconceptions, describe a range of applications, offer guidance on how to work effectively with an adjunctive EMDR therapist, and discuss how to find a certified EMDR therapist, and how to pursue training in EMDR. Two sessions with the same content with time for Q&A. Attend the one of your choice. Will be held on Zoom.
    Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, 2022
    Both sessions from 12noon to 1pm
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    MAPP Spring Party

    MAPP Spring Party

    10.00
    We will come together outside on the patio of Marina Kovarsky's lovely house for a spring potluck at 20 Shawmut Park, Newton MA 02464.
    Friday, May 20, 2022
    From 6:00 to 8:30pm
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  • SUPERVISION/CONSULTATION GROUP

    Group Supervision/Consultation
    Join our newly forming supervision/consultation group!

    Group members will take turns presenting cases and getting input from each other and the group consultant. Meetings will focus on individual therapy with adults in the context of private practice, and address questions related to formulation, intervention, the frame, boundaries, transference and countertransference. Group size will be limited to 6-8 members in order to create a safe and supportive process. The group will meet for an hour and a half, via Zoom, with scheduling to be done by mutual agreement. Each group member will pay $50 for each meeting attended. The group consultant will be Dr. Christopher J. Pagano, who is a psychologist in private practice. Dr. Pagano integrates psychodynamic, attachment, trauma and cognitive behavioral theories in his work, and he draws heavily on his training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). He sees adults, adolescents, children, families and couples, and has private practice offices in Wellesley and Brookline. He teaches and supervises psychology doctoral students at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, part time, at Harvard Medical School. To learn more or sign up, please email chrispaganophd@gmail.com.

     

     

     

  • READING GROUPS 2021-22

    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.

     

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  • PAST EVENTS

    SPRING 2021

    Fireside Chat with Nancy McWilliams: Supervision and Its Vicissitudes 

    Nancy McWilliams

    January 16, 2021
     
    Touching Becomes Touching: Mind, Body, and Sexuality in a New Relational Psychoanalysis
    Jonathan Slavin and Miki Rahmani

    February 6, 2021
     
    A Key Role for Existential Principles in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: "Tell Me When You're Ready"
    Peter Lawner

    March 27, 2021
     
    Nuts and Bolts of Private Practice
    Michael Healy, Jennifer Bortle, Mark Davila, and Yi Yang

    April 3, 2021
     
    A Couch for Two: Psychodynamic Therapy with Couples
    Marina Kovarsky

    May 1, 2021

  • CLASSIFIEDS

    Office Space Listings

    Harvard Square (Cambridge)

    Last updated: 10/25/21

    Full-time (unfurnished) and part-time (fully furnished) offices in beautiful Victorian house steps from Harvard Square. Shared waiting area/bathrooms/kitchen and free WIFI with a great community of clinicians. Interoffice referral opportunities; private practice start-up consultation resources available.

    SIGN 12 MONTH LEASE and GET 1 MONTH FREE.


    Robert Barrientos

    617-299-1345

    alliancegrouprentals@gmail.com

    Copley Square

    Last updated: 10/21/20

    Looking for therapist to rent out space. All days except Tuesday available. Beautiful, well-maintained building. Peaceful space that overlooks Copley Square. Can't beat the location. Shared waiting room.

     

    Sofie Daley, LICSW
    therapy@sofiedaley.com

    Cambridge / Harvard Square

    Last updated: 10/20/21

    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

    crieder@mclean.harvard.edu

    Brighton Center

    Last updated: 10/20/21

    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
    therapy@sofiedaley.com

    Brookline/Washington Square (Beacon Street)

    Last updated: 10/18/21

    Fully furnished therapy spaces with parking available for part-time or full-time sublet, in-person and/or Zoom work. High speed internet, cleaning, and all other utilities included. The suite has a waiting room and kitchenette, and each office comes equipped with its own buzzer system.

     

    Roxana A. Sahlean

    781-985-2115

    rox.salhean@gmail.com 

    Belmont

    Last updated: 10/18/21

    Sunlit office in handsome building. Great office for Behavioral Health practice. Bright unfurnished 2nd floor office, 300 square feet, in a cozy quiet building in Belmont Center. Plenty of parking near office. Building has attractive waiting room for patients, and 2 bathrooms. We are 5 independent Behavioral Health practitioners who share cost of utilities and upkeep of common areas. Office rent including share of building upkeep expenses is $875/month. You can see a folder of photos of office and building at https://photos.app.goo.gl/k7x73WpYS1qNg8hP6

     

    Dr. DeWitt 

    drtheodewitt@gmail.com

    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

    617-492-1022

    Wellesley

    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

    mwaldheter@gmail.com

    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

    marjoriesiegel@rcn.com

    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

    plamto@gmail.com

    Arlington

    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

    ggruner@partners.org

    Cambridge

    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’.

     

    Jessica Somers

    724-575-2588

    jessicasomerslicsw@gmail.com

    Brookline

    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.

     

    Eben Lasker

    ebenlaskerpsyd@gmail.com

    Cambridge

    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
    Ardith@welwood.com
    617-599-2161
     

    Brookline

    Lovely, sunny, unfurnished office for full-time rental in small office building suite with congenial colleagues. Suite includes bathrooms, waiting areas, kitchen, and a shared bookcase. On Beacon Street near Coolidge Corner, it has an elevator and is handicap accessible. Rent includes cleaning and utilities. You'd be taking my place for two years on our lease (I'm now in San Francisco). Please call or email me if interested.

     

    Lisa Sutton

    617-645-4636

    lisajudithsutton@gmail.com

    Have an Office Spacing Listing to Post?

     

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  • MEET THE BOARD

    Current MAPP Officers

    President

    Psychologist, private practice in Boston

    President-Elect

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

    Treasurer

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

    Secretary

    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

    Laura Captari, PhD

    Member at Large

    Postdoctoral Research Associate and Psychology Fellow, Danielsen Institute

    Member at Large

    Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, private practice in Braintree, MA

    Marina Kovarsky, LICSW

    Member at Large

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

    Member at Large

    Psychologist, private practice in Lexington

  • 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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