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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 and psychodynamic therapy. 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, Jonathan Slavin, David Doolittle, Nancy McWilliams, Hannah Levenson, Jonathan Shedler, Richard Schwartz, 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 professions.


    Spring 2024 Student Membership - FREE

    Spring 2024 Student Membership - FREE

    As a student member, you can attend all our events for the Spring of 2024 for free. For current undergraduates, graduate students and trainees, including LCSWs, who do not yet have their independent license as an LMHC, LICSW, Licensed Psychologist, etc.
    Coming soon
    Spring 2024 Early Career Membership

    Spring 2024 Early Career Membership

    Get member rates for all events for Spring 2024. For clinicians within 10 years of degree conferral.
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    Spring 2024 Regular Membership

    Spring 2024 Regular Membership

    Get member rates for all events for Spring 2024 programs.
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    Spring 2024 Sustaining Membership

    Spring 2024 Sustaining Membership

    Get member rates for all events for Spring 2024. Support MAPP's mission of making psychodynamic ideas accessible to a wider audience, including our outreach efforts to graduate programs in counseling, social work and psychology in Massachusetts and surrounding states.
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    Spring 2024


    Embodied Erotic Countertransference: The Way We Use Ourselves in Treatment

    Embodied Erotic Countertransference: The Way We Use Ourselves in Treatment

    $0.00 - $40.00
    Sexuality is often implicated when the arousal of sexual desire threatens to overwhelm the sense of safely dwelling within one’s body. The centrality of sexuality will be illustrated through the use of a clinical vignette, including a variety of erotic fantasies and transferences that emerged in treatment. The ways in which the analyst should attend to countertransference feelings will be discussed in order to understand and interpret the material.  After presenting clinical and ethical dilemmas associated with
    each, ample time will be allotted to allow for group participation.

    Tuesday, January 23, 2024, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm ET
    Andrea Celenza, PhD
    Will be held on zoom
    1.5 CEs
    Please buy a membership to get the lower member rate for this event
    Coming soon
    The Allure of the Patient’s Object World: Countertransference Pitfalls and Possibilities

    The Allure of the Patient’s Object World: Countertransference Pitfalls and Possibilities

    $0.00 - $40.00
    During the course of treatment, the therapist may develop feelings and attitudes about the people in her patient’s life. She may feel angered by a neglectful parent, frustrated by an insensitive spouse, or intrigued by a glamorous friend. At times, the patient’s object world can be so alluring that the therapist may fail to recognize her feelings as countertransference reactions. This presentation will explore these reactions through the concept of countertransference to the patient’s objects and will illuminate how this aspect of countertransference can be particularly elusive. When this facet of countertransference is unanalyzed, countertransference collusions can form. This workshop will discuss ways for identifying these collusions so that countertransference to the patient’s objects can facilitate, rather than impede the analytic work.

    Saturday February 3, 2024, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm ET
    Tamara Feldman, PsyD
    Will be held on zoom
    2 CEs
    Please purchase a membership to get the member rate for this event
    Coming soon
    Why Lacan Loved Dora

    Why Lacan Loved Dora

    $0.00 - $60.00
    Lacan returned to Freud’s case of Dora throughout much of his teaching in the thirty years between 1951 and 1981. In fact, many of the changes that mark certain periods of his thinking—at times divided in a focus on the Imaginary, Symbolic, and Real—seem to follow a revisiting and reinterpretation of the case of Dora. Lacan began to view the psychoanalytic process as an increasing hystericization of the patient, history was hystery, and Lacan himself claimed to be a hysteric, walking about on stage, not knowing what he was talking about. Socrates, Hamlet, Bataille, Female Christian mystics, were all avatars for this double headed figure of Lacan and Dora. In this seminar, we will think about why Lacan loved Dora so much and returned to her again and again.

    Saturday, March 2, 2024, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
    Jamieson Webster, PhD
    Will be held on zoom
    2.5 CEs
    Please buy a membership to get the lower member rate for this event
    Coming soon
    Nuts and Bolts of Private Practice

    Nuts and Bolts of Private Practice

    Panel discussion with Robert Bonazoli, Mark Dávila-Witkowski, Paige Simpson-Hamilton and Michael Healy about the business aspects of private practice.

    The panelists will discuss and answer participants' questions about the practical aspects of starting a private practice.

    Topics will include:
    Taking the leap to private practice
    Finding office space
    Advertising and getting referrals
    Setting your fee
    Deciding whether to take insurance
    Setting up billing procedures
    Having an online presence

    Saturday, April 6, 2024, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm ET
    In person event at the Cambridge Health Alliance Learning Center
    This event will be free to attend but Register is required
    The program will involve a break in the middle and lunch served at 12:30 to allow time for socializing and networking
    Coming soon
    Repetition and the thirst trap of trauma in Carolina Bianchi's The Bride & the Goodnight Cinderella

    Repetition and the thirst trap of trauma in Carolina Bianchi's The Bride & the Goodnight Cinderella

    $0.00 - $60.00
    In July 2023 the NYT described a recently-debuted piece by artist Carolina Bianchi as “ethically murky.” In this piece, Bianchi knocks herself unconscious by drinking the same spiked cocktail that was used to rape her 10 years prior. For the rest of the performance, her body remains on the stage where choreography and projected text raise critical questions about memory, repetition, and how trauma can inflect sexual desire. Bianchi’s work is uncompromisingly traumatophilic: by taking us into the claustrophobic experience of her rape. Dr. Saketopoulou uses Bianchi's provocation to reflect on the tendency to be drawn back to the site of one’s wounds (traumatophilia). Eschewing the nexus of repetition compulsion, traumatophilia concerns the brutal adjacencies between trauma and eroticism. Reflecting on the annexation of the sexual by violence, this talk shows how infantile sexuality and the constitution of the sexual unconscious open to questions of ethics and consent. And it fleshes out the clinical perils of traumatophobic thinking, when we remain fixated on trauma as something possible to heal or repair.

    Saturday April 20, 2024, 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Avgi Saketopoulou, PsyD
    2 CEs
    Coming soon

    Reading Group: Lacan and Joyce
    For the 2023-2024 year, our ongoing reading group is reading Colette Soler's "Lacan Reading Joyce," which we will follow by reading Jacque Lacan's 23rd seminar The Sinthome, which we anticipate beginning in mid August, 2023. The reading group's interests are multifaceted in relation to these texts, though we share a concern with how the theoretical developments of the late Lacan (most notably--in connection with these texts--the sinthome, saying, and the function of nomination and the father) inform the practice of contemporary psychoanalysis. The reading group meets virtually (Zoom) on the first and third Wednesday of every month, from 7:30-9pm. To join, please contact Carl Waitz at carl.waitz@childrens.harvard.edu.


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

    Group Supervision and Consultation:
    Looking for group supervision and consultation?
    We are excited to announce that this year's consultation group has been reopened and will be facilitated by Dr. Xiaolu Hsi!
    The consultation group will consist of 6-8 members who will take turns to present cases, discussed by all members as well as the group consultant. The group discussion will address issues related to assessment and formulation, therapeutic frame, transference and countertransference as well as therapeutic intervention. Discussion will focus on individual treatment with adults and college students in private practice. Cases from college counseling centers and hospitals can be presented with advance discussion and support of Dr. Hsi.

    The group will meet from 8:00 to 9:30 pm via Zoom on the second Tuesday of the month. Each member will pay $50 for each meeting attended. Please note that all participants must be independently licensed and that members of all mental health professions are welcome.

    The group consultant will be Xiaolu Hsi, PhD, who is a psychologist in private practice. She has been on staff at the MIT Student Mental Health center since 2003. She has been supervising Harvard Medical School doctoral interns and post-docs since 1997, previously at Cambridge Health Alliance and currently at the Mass Mental Health Center/BIDMC and MIT. Dr. Hsi integrates psychodynamic theories of objection relations, self-psychology, attachment and acculturation in a globalized era. She has a dual specialty in psychodynamic psychotherapy and clinical neuropsychology (specializing in ADHD) with adolescents and adult populations individually and in groups. Dr. Hsi is originally from China and is a faculty and board member of the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA).

    To learn more or sign up:
    Email Dr. Xiaolu Hsi at Xiaolu_Hsi@hms.harvard.edu


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


    Office Space Listings

    Arlington Center

    Updated 12/15/23

    Office available for sublet in professional building near Arlington Center. Conveniently

    located near bus line and free parking. Office is within a 9 office Suite with other therapists.

    Suite has a nice waiting room and newly renovated kitchen. Available for sublet on

    Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Includes Wi-Fi, cleaning, coffee, water cooler.

    Email: ggruner@partners.org

    Phone: 617-600-4089


    (Last updated 11/10/23)

    Discover a charming 150 sqft office space, thoughtfully furnished and with pleasing natural light. This inviting office is located at 875 Massachusetts Avenue in the heart of Cambridge, ideally positioned between the vibrant Harvard and Central Squares, and a five-minute stroll away from the Red Line T stop.

    Nestled within an 8-story elevator building, this space is professionally managed and offers individual unit control for both central heating and air conditioning. You'll appreciate the convenience of a well-maintained lobby and common areas.

    This office is available for sublet all day on Mondays, Tuesdays, and weekends. For further information and any inquiries, please feel free to get in touch with Vincenzo G. Terán, Psy.D. at drteran@transformativepsych.com.

    Boston/Kenmore Square

    Last update: 9/21/23
    Spacious unfurnished office available in a professional suite on Commonwealth Ave. near Kenmore square.

    Furnished office available in the same suite Monday through Thursday and Saturday

    Please call me if interested.
    Rosely Traube, Ph.D.

    Coolidge Corner

    Last updated: August 10, 2023
    A large full-time office in my three-office suite is coming available Nov. 1 in the S. S. Pierce Building in Coolidge Corner. The building is professionally managed, located in the heart of Coolidge Corner (across from the C line) and has an elevator. Subletting is allowed. The rent is ~$1600/month. For photos and more information please contact:
    Kira Glassman

    Cambridge / Porter Square

    Last updated: 7/17/23
    Full days and hourly blocks available in a fully furnished, sunny and peaceful office in a three-office psychotherapy suite located three blocks from the Porter Square T station. The suite has a private waiting room, bathroom, and kitchenette. The office is in a charming 3 story house located on Mass Ave. which is a 3 minute walk from the T, on the bus line (bus stop directly outside), and has on-street metered parking close by. For more information please contact:
    Laura Kalin


    Updated: 06/12/2023

    Full office (unfurnished), 3 large rooms with a bathroom. Close to McLean Hospital. Large sunny waiting room. Parking on the street. 1st floor offices. Large front windows. On the Red Line (T).

    Free water. Newly painted and new carpets. Ideal for 2- 3 therapy offices. Ideal for therapy offices.


    Marcia Winters




    Last updated: 3/16/23
    Nice furnished office with great natural light. Available evenings starting at 6:30 pm, all day Friday, and anytime on weekends. Has an air purifier with hepa filter. Great wifi for virtual sessions. Private waiting area. Nice kitchenette with fridge, microwave, and tea maker. Free and easy parking for you and your clients. Referrals available. Photos available upon request. Located at 323 Boston Post Road in Sudbury.

    Dr. Lotte Smith-Hansen



    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.


    Robert Barrientos



    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


    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



    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


    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




    Cambridge-Porter Square 

    Large beautifully-furnished sunny office w/ hardwood floors in 3 office therapy suite (with kitchenette, waiting room, and wifi) available for sublet, multiple days per week on Mass. Ave. 5 Min. walk from Porter Sq T, The 96/77 buses stop directly in front as well. Parking spot for clinician included. Please reach out with questions to Chris (617) 231-9751 or Therapy@ChrisKaplanLICSW.com




    Subletting ffice space - full-time or part-time - with an option to take over the lease. It is located at 875 Mass Ave in Cambridge between the Harvard and Central Square T stops. Metered parking is often available on the side streets

    The building (and office!) is modern with elevator access and openings are rare given its coveted location. The office can come furnished if desired and while the space is small it is certainly adequate for work with couples, families and children. Photos available upon request.
    Please contact me at iritfeldmanpsyd@gmail.com or 617-435-9762 if you're interested.

    Have an Office Space Listing to Post?


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    Current MAPP Officers

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    Carl Waitz, PsyD


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

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    Lotte Smith-Hansen, PhD

    Past President

    Psychologist, private practice in Sudbury

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    Robert Dyer, LMHC


    Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Cambridge

    Kristin Hall, LMHC


    Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Cambridge

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    Laura Captari, PhD

    Member at Large

    Postdoctoral Research Associate and Psychology Fellow, Danielsen Institute

  • Member Publications

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

    Fosse, M. J. (2021). The many faces of polyamory: Longing and belonging in concurrent relationships. Routledge.

    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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