We are an organization for mental health clinicians who share an interest in psychoanalytic research, theory, and practice. We offer continuing education events, reading groups, a supervision/consultation group, an active email referral list, office space listings, and more.
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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.
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.
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. The consultation group has been paused for Spring 2023. If you are interested in group supervision or consultation, please email us at Admin@mappsych.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Office Space Listings
Cambridge / Harvard Square
Last updated: 09/15/2022
Lovely furnished windowed office (full-time or part-time) 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. Photos available upon request. Discounted parking nearby.
Dr. Carolyn Rieder
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.
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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
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.
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.
Lovely, large, furnished office near Arlington Center available for sublet at very reasonable price. Office is in well-appointed psychotherapy building that has been recently renovated. Beautiful bay windows, high ceilings, and hardwood floors. Free Parking. All utilities included. Available 2-3 days per week.
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’.
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.
Cambridge / Central Square
A full-time unfurnished office is available in my suite — four offices and a shared waiting room compose the entire space. The space is located on the 8th floor of the 1920s Central Square building (678 Mass. Ave.). It was fully renovated when we took over the space, is ADA compliant, and includes sound proofed walls and a new HVAC system. This office has unobstructed panoramic views of Cambridge looking down Western Ave. toward the Charles River. Security cameras are throughout the building common spaces. $1,050 per/month plus 1/4 of expenses (e.g., Internet, water, electrical etc.). Please let me know if you would like more information.
Mark Dávila-Witkowski, LICSW
Peaceful, lovely furnished office available for sublet at very reasonable price for half or full days. Full office share possible. This is one of three psychotherapy offices in a suite. Quiet building, shared waiting room, internet access, ample (metered) street parking, T accessible. Photos available on request.
MEET THE BOARD
Current MAPP Officers
Lotte Smith-Hansen, PhD
Psychologist, private practice in Boston
Carl Waitz, PsyD
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
Laura Captari, PhD
Member at Large
Postdoctoral Research Associate and Psychology Fellow, Danielsen Institute
Marina Kovarsky, LICSW
Member at Large
Psychoanalyst, couples therapist, private practice in Boston; Faculty at MIP, PCFINE, Boston College School for Social Work
Jessica Wexler Lipman, PsyD
Member at Large
Psychologist, private practice in Lexington
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.