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 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.
Join our newly forming supervision/consultation group!
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 for an hour and a half via Zoom twice a month. Meeting time is TBD based on participants' schedules. 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
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 twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays 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 email@example.com.
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Office Space Listings
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.
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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
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.
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
MEET THE BOARD
Current MAPP Officers
Carl Waitz, PsyD
Attending Psychologist, Boston Children's Hospital; Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School; Private practice in Brookline
Lotte Smith-Hansen, PhD
Psychologist, private practice in Boston
Robert Dyer, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Cambridge
Kristin Hall, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Cambridge
Laura Captari, PhD
Member at Large
Postdoctoral Research Associate and Psychology Fellow, Danielsen Institute
Davila-Witkowski, M. & Lamotte, E. (2022). It’s Time: Write Your Professional Will. National Association of Social Workers Specialty Practice Sections (Private Practice), Fall/Winter, 2-5.
This article outlines the pragmatic steps of drafting and codifying your professional will.
Davila-Witkowski, M. (2022). Melancholia in a Pandemic: The Burden of Failed Mourning. National Association of Social Workers Specialty Practice Sections (Private Practice), Summer/Spring, 5-7.
Fatigue and burnout fostered by the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic are explored through the lens of Melancholia.
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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