When: Wednesday, April 01, 2015 from 10:00am- 12:00pm
Where: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
451 Moraga Way, Orinda (map)
We welcome your attendance and participation at our monthly meeting where you can network, learn something new and get 1 CEU!
Here is our schedule:
10am-10:30 - Informal networking and refreshments
10:30-11:30- CEU presentation
11:30-Noon Group networking (Share news from your practice, distribute cards and flyers, general introductions)
When Nothing Seems to be Happening
Following an hour with a patient in twice weekly psychotherapy, I had the feeling that once again nothing of substance had happened during the session. As I gave this more thought some ideas emerged. In this one hour talk I will explore what I believe is a common experience in psychotherapy-the appearance of a productive or even lively therapeutic process when in fact the therapeutic process has become superficial, static, or even empty. Using case material I will explore concepts developed by Betty Joseph, the renowned British psychoanalyst, in her 1975 paper, The patient who is difficult to reach. In Joseph’s paper she discusses the pseudo cooperative patient and the hidden patient in need understanding. Using process notes I will demonstrate the appearance of the pseudo cooperative patient and the corresponding moments in the session when I believe nothing seems to be happening and contrast moments in session when I believe I am abl e to make real contact with my patient. I will also discuss the ways I began to listen and organize my thinking differently in order to sense and make contact with the hidden patient longing for understanding. When our patients feel truly understood, it is then that they can make contact with the therapist and themselves and begin to face the underlying pain they have been evading.
Lara Weyland, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Oakland, CA. Her work focuses on individual adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She is a graduate and faculty of The Masterson Institute-West Coast. She supervises graduate students, provides consultation, and continuing education to students and licensed mental health professionals interested in the treatment disorders of the self. Dr. Weyland served as President of the Alameda County Psychological Association in 2006 and 2010. She chairs the East Bay Forum, a monthly case conference open to students and licensed mental health professionals interested in psychoanalytic theory and thinking about their work psychoanalytically.
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