TALKS, TEACHING, AND PRESENTATIONS


I have a particular interest in training and teaching on the graduate level, and am currently pursuing adjunct opportunities to teach and train emerging psychologists.  I have currently developed two advanced seminar classes.  The working titles of these are “The Power of the Relationship” and “Psychotherapy and Spirituality: The Divine Presence in Psychotherapy.” 


Selected Presentations include:


The Divine in Psychotherapy; Exploring the Intersection of Psychotherapy and Spirituality

 

March 26th, 2015 – Brookline Community Mental Health Lecture Series

April 28th, 2015 – William James College

May 14th, 2015 – private home

 

  1. Many of us have “divine” moments in our clinical practice, that are not only deeply felt, but that further our work significantly.  I’d like to have us together think through how we both understand and make sense of these moments, and view them as “openings” and “possibilities” that can deepen our work.  I’d also like us to think more broadly, as well as more depthfully, about the relationship between psychotherapy and spirituality, and how it blends through the work in actual clinical moments.  This paper explores the spirituality that underlies intersubjectivity and its related concepts, and takes a closer look at how clinical and spiritual phenomena potentially interweave.  Fundamental concepts in clinical practice, will be discussed in this light, including enactment, parallel process, potential space, intergenerational transmission of trauma, repetition compulsion, projective identification.  The intent is to both de-mystify these phenomena, as well as view them as potential openings for the uncanny and spontaneous in our work.  Theorists who may offer some insight include Freud, Jung, Winnecott, Ogden, Bion, Bollas, Bromberg, and Stern.  Spirituality is examined through the lens of a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic orientation, but can be applicable and present through other modalities as well.  Clinical vignettes are included to present how exploring this dimension, or our facile use of it, can enhance or move the work, as well as change and deepen the experience for therapist and patient alike.


Unlikely Bedfellows:  Integrating the Dual Modalities of EMDR and Psychodynamic Practice:  A Case Presentation


October 24th, 2013 – Brookline Community Mental Health Lecture Series

December 3rd, 2013 – Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology (MSPP)

March 13th, 2014 - The Stone Center at Wellesley College


  1. Some would argue that these two ways of working are diametrically opposed and might not well complement.  In this presentation, the potential relationship between the two modalities will be explored, and a case illustration will be offered, to demonstrate the advantage of using both avenues to together deepen the work.  The case illustration is one that incorporates a patient with a double life, as well as unusual sexual interests.  Is it possible that integrating two modalities of practice could assist in integrating two conflicting sides of an individual?  A conversation will be facilitated about in what manner these two orientations of practice can be incorporated toward similar aims of achieving both insight and understanding, as well as measurable and sustainable shift and outcome.  


Transference and Countertransference with Divorcing Couples: Tricks of the Trade

March 20, 2012 - Metrowest Collaborative Divorce Practice Group

November 15th, 2012 - Southshore Practice Group


Pillow Fight or Pillow Talk? Inside a Couple Treatment

June 3rd, 2011 - Greater Boston Mental Health Networking Group


Being There and Showing Up:

The Dance of Relationship and The Hook in the Other

May 31st 2009 - New England Center for Existential Therapy


  1. This conversation explores intersubjectivity from a phenomenological perspective.  It includes a focus on multiple layers of experience of being-in-the presence of an/other.  Concepts will include rediscovering “aliveness” in contemporary psychoanalytic thinking, and the mutual and reciprocal impact of client and therapist.  Other concepts will include affect regulation, attachment, and the phenomena of projective identification.  Implications for technique and treatment will be explored through clinical theory and vignettes.


Beyond Countertransference: When Existential Intimacy Fails

May 6th, 2007 - New England Center for Existential Therapy


  1. Have you had the experience of hearing aspects of your own life and experience reflected through your client’s voice?  Have you ever thought you were doing treatment with your “shadow self?”  This talk will look at the phenomena of synchronicity and twinship in the clinical relationship, as well as a look at an existential approach to treating Borderline Personality Disorder.  These concepts will largely be explicated by presenting a personal example of twinship within a therapeutic relationship.  Issues of countertransference, intimacy, and decisions around navigating merger and separation will be highlighted.  Additionally, we will examine how the phenomena of twinship might potentially enhance and deepen the treatment in meaningful ways.  We will also discuss how to survive when a personally charged clinical relationship fails or ends. 


Encounter; Relationality and the Space Between: Journey to the Self

March 7th, 2004 - New England Center for Existential Therapy


Existential Moments in Clinical Supervision

November 1st, 2002 - New England Center for Existential Therapy


Disclosure, Hiddeness, and Intimacy; An Existential Look at Authenticity in the Therapeutic Relationship 

May 2002 - New England Center for Existential Therapy


Existential Therapy and Resiliency

May 1st, 2000 - New England Center for Existential Therapy


Courses Taught or Developed for MSPP’s Extension School


  1. Fall Course - Trauma and Meaning Making

  2. Spring Course -  Disclosure, Hiddeness, and Intimacy

  3. Alternate Course - Being With Being From Birth to Death

  4. Alternate Course - Synchronicity and Twinship; Parallel Journeys and Countertransference in the Clinical Relationship

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