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Contemporary Relational Psychoanalysis

Not your grandparent’s psychoanalysis! 

Psychoanalysis is therapy-in-depth for structural change.  Using theories developed since the 1960s contemporary relational psychoanalysis builds from the understanding that we are emotionally hurt in relationship and we grow and heal in relationship.  Frequent sessions provide a context in which the unconsciously self-sabotaging defensive themes, processes, and enactments can be compassionately addressed.  The outcome is a more satisfying life with self and other.  
On the couch or sitting up.

Those who benefit most from psychoanalysis include:

o   therapists who would like to better understand themselves, the theory, and the human psyche

o   people traumatized by abuse

o   persons with difficulties such as addictions, ‘acting out,’ free-floating anxiety or depression

o   those with difficult personalities

o   anyone with emotional difficulties such as self-loathing, a lack of connection to self, dissociation, avoidance or over-involvement in relationships, body image problems, difficulty feeling at all, or overwhelmed by emotions, sexual difficulties, and suffering from isolation.

Experience:  I am a Training and Supervising Analyst, and Faculty at The Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles.  I have also been a member of the Board of Directors and other Committees.  I write, publish in, and serve as an associate editor for an international psychoanalytic journal.  I have been mentored by Robert D. Stolorow and George E. Atwood, and I am a close collaborator.

Modality: Intersubjective-systems theory – a phenomenological-contextual perspective.  I also teach this theory in the core classes, electives, and PPT programs for ICP/LA.

Publication: “The Analyst as Muse: The Expansive Dimension of the Transference.” International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, Vol 10, #1, January-March 2015.  
http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/ZI8S6aaF538EiPIDunkm/full

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