Upcoming Courses & Events
Mutual love, while inducing great happiness, weakens higher mental functions and, so, is paradoxically traumatic. We will begin with the clinical observation that experiences of satisfaction, especially when mutual, make people happy but anxious. We will look at a literary example of the traumatic aspect of mutual love, and consider Freud’s two-stage theory of trauma. We will read papers by Freud, Weiss, and Laplanche that shed light on why mutual love is traumatic. We will examine the clinical implications of this phenomenon, including its ramifications for the therapeutic relationship where, if things go well, mutual love naturally develops.
This year-long study course will take up various conceptualizations of the body in psychoanalysis. Therapists from a range of theoretical backgrounds will use contemporary texts, contemporary artists, and writings to explore the psychological development of body-mind. The body that is born, the body that registers pain and trauma, the body that heals, and the body that dies, and the territories in between.
Ready to enhance your networking and mingle with colleagues in a fun night out? Eager to discuss your career interest, internship, novel psychoanalytic ideas, or any other realms of your professional life? Join us for drinks and food specials at a cool brewery in the SOMA district, just two blocks from AT&T Park.
The Northern California Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology Networking Night brings together Bay Area psychotherapists for a unique opportunity to learn about how to market yourself, practice with others, and network! Catch up with longtime friends and colleagues, or forge new connections with fellow psychotherapists.
This is a pivotal time for psychoanalysis to re-tool itself and offer both comprehension and best care to children and youth who experience and express themselves outside our normative gender structures. Dr. Ehrensaft will present the interdisciplinary gender affirmative model of care developed collectively by experts at four major U.S. pediatric gender clinics, including UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, where she is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center.