Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Misogyny in Psychoanalysis - Author: Michaela Chamberlain -


In psychoanalysis, misogyny hides in plain sight, seemingly above and beyond the usual conventions of workplace etiquette or even a vague awareness of sexism. It is commonplace in psychoanalytic literature and in the presentation of case studies for a description of the female client’s attractiveness to be given as a diagnosis rather than an opinion, for the word ‘feminine’ to be used as a synonym for submission, for psychosexual development to still miss the glaringly important stage of menstruation, for women to still be described in terms of losing a penis but gaining a baby – not a vagina or clitoris – and for the fundamental experiences of pregnancy and birth to be overlooked. Ironically for a field that’s main currency is reflection, the different treatment of women is bypassed as misogyny is institutionalised in psychoanalysis.

The book reflects the author’s experience in the world of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy as a trainee, supervisee, student, teacher, psychotherapist and supervisor in various institutions, and as a former CEO of a psychotherapy training organisation. It is a collection of five essays inviting you to join an inclusive conversation about why psychoanalysis is the way it is and, through a case study, experience the impact this misogyny has on the treatment of women. Misogyny in Psychoanalysis highlights what’s at risk for the practice of psychoanalysis / psychotherapy and, most importantly, for those seeking help when institutionalised misogyny goes by unchallenged.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

The White Supremacist Within - FREE event - Sat, May 21, 2022 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT


Chanda Griffin, LCSW will be presenting her paper "The White Supremacist Within" and in conversation with Rossanna Echegoyén, LCSW.

About this event

The White Supremacist Within

Recent psychoanalytic literature gives closer scrutiny to how our institutes and practices mirror and reinforce racism in America. Current discourse has centered whiteness as the primary area of inquiry. However, little consideration is given to the ubiquity of hegemony, a requirement (for all) transmitted through our social institutions and families. How does the transmission of dominant cultural beliefs impact persons of color? How are these organizing principles of cultural norms internalized and embodied in the construction of racial identity?

This presentation explores the internalized white supremacist ideology of an African-American Analyst and its impact on the therapeutic relationship. Using clinical examples of a same race dyad and a different race dyad, the author examines racialized transference/countertransference dynamics, evoked defenses such as projection, denial and avoidance ,along with feelings of envy, shame and guilt.

The presenter will discuss additional thoughts on how rigidity in racial identity (as symptom of internalized dominant ideology) can create a therapeutic impasse and block further exploration of each participant’s subjectivity.  Her presentation wll be followed by a dialogue with Rossanna Echegoyen, LCSW as a lead into further conversation with audience members.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Rethinking Personality Disorders

Barrio Stories : Conflict and Culture


In this talk, the authors will present a series of vignettes drawn from clinical work with Latinx populations to shed light on the psychological complexities of life in the barrio that is often marked by poverty, migration, marginalization, and barriers of language, class, and race. The authors will illustrate how psychoanalysis in not only possible in the barrio, but in fact indispensable to it; while also addressing the historical estrangement between psychoanalysis and cultural issues in the United States.

1. Identify and describe basic issues of class, ethnicity, race, and language as they intersect among Latinx populations in the barrio.
2. Accrue a better understanding of some of the basic misconceptions about the applicability of psychoanalysis with Latinx populations.
3. Develop a deeper understanding of historical antecedents that contributed to the marginalization of Latinx populations from psychoanalysis.
4. Develop an understanding of a culture bound syndrome, known as ataque de nervios.
5. Appreciate how the term culture bound syndrome is problematic.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Feed Yourself Free: A 6-week Course on Self-Attuned Eating for Liberation Saturdays; 3/12/22 - 4/16/22, 2PM to 3:30PM ET; Online, Live

In a world where marginalized bodies are most vulnerable to the oppression of diet culture, self-attuned eating is an act of resistance. Our relationships to food and body do not develop in a vacuum. This course for the public explores how Western culture disrupts self-attuned care for marginalized bodies as a means of social control. Through intuitive eating and self-attuned eating, we reclaim and rediscover a more authentic relationship to ourselves.

At WTCI, we’ve been a pioneer in teaching and advocating for intuitive eating since 1981. Over the last forty years, we’ve developed an approach to food and body that is anti-diet and firmly rooted in psychological theory, intersectional feminism, anti-racism, gender inclusivity, fat positivity and anti-colonialism.

Alicia Leporati, LMHC is a queer feminist therapist who is body positive, sex-positive, anti-diet and HAES aligned. She strives to create safe spaces for connection and is committed to anti-racist work. She works with clients on topics of eating and body, sex and sexuality, existential concerns, increasing life satisfaction, and emotional well-being. Helping clients increase self-love and push back against harmful white hetero-patriarchal messages are top priorities in her work. Alicia is a graduate of the WTCI training program and has a private practice in Westchester and on the Upper West Side.


Refund policy: Participants who give notice of cancellation two weeks or more ahead of the date of the event will receive a full ticket-price refund. Recipients who give notice of cancellation one week to thirteen days ahead of the date of the event will receive a refund for 50% of the ticket price. Except in the case of dire emergency circumstances, to be determined by Administration, refunds will not be permitted if notice is given in less than a week of the date of the event start date/time. Service fees, such as those Eventbrite collects, will not be refunded.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Decolonization and Mental Health - Maria Laguna


 When: January 11, 2022 at 11:00 am EST

Where: OnlineHow has mainstream Psychology been shaped by colonialism? What can we do to change that?

The second seminar on Critical Psychology will address the forms of colonization in mental health in the post-covid era.

We will explore questions such as:

- What is colonization and what does it have to do with mental health?

- What are the current manifestations of colonial thinking in mental health in the post-covid era?

- How has mainstream Psychology been shaped by colonialism and how can we identify and challenge the Western White gaze as the "standard" way of understanding human suffering?

- How can Critical Psychology help us envision a decolonized system that is inclusive and respectful of people's mental health?

These events on Critical Psychology are a monthly feature for our community.

About the format

DATE: 11th of January 2022; Starting from February, we meet online every first Tuesday in a month

TIMES: 4:00pm - 5:00pm GMT, 5:00pm - 6:00pm CET, 11:00am - 12:00pm EST

After we hear a short presentation on the topic, we will open the floor for the discussion.

The event is open to everyone interested in the topic. No background knowledge in psychology is required.

About the facilitator

Maria Laguna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in New York City. She has trained in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in her native Uruguay and in NYC.

Maria has worked in a variety of settings in outpatient mental health and supportive housing, both in the capacity of psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. Maria is a board member of The Metropolitan Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (MSPP) and part of the training committee of the Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She has presented workshops on Immigration and systemic racism for both institutions.

Upcoming publication: Shklarski, L. & Laguna, M. (Expected June 2022). Fee-for-Service Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide for Mental Health Clinicians. San Diego, CA: Cognella.

Learn more about Maria's work via her website and follow her on Instagram @marialagunalcsw

How to join

ONE GROUP: Try one for free!

MONTHLY ACCESS: Stillpoint Community Members can access this group for free. Learn more about Stillpoint and our offer:

After you sign up, you will receive an order confirmation, which includes the link to join the online call and a special invitation to our Community. A link will also be posted on the new Community page.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Psychoanalysis Under Occupation Practicing Resistance in Palestine By Lara Sheehi, Stephen Sheehi


Book Description

Heavily influenced by Frantz Fanon and critically engaging the theories of decoloniality and liberatory psychoanalysis, Lara Sheehi and Stephen Sheehi platform the lives, perspectives, and insights of psychoanalytically inflected Palestinian psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals, centering the stories that non-clinical Palestinians have entrusted to them over four years of community engagement with clinicians throughout historic Palestine.

Sheehi and Sheehi document the stories of Palestinian clinicians in relation to settler colonialism and violence but, even more so, in relation to their patients, communities, families, and one another (as a clinical community). In doing so, they track the appearance of settler colonialism as a psychologically extractive process, one that is often effaced by discourses of "normalization," "trauma," "resilience," and human rights, with the aid of clinicians, as well as psychoanalysis.

Psychoanalysis Under Occupation: Practicing Resistance in Palestine unpacks the intersection of psychoanalysis as a psychological practice in Palestine, while also advancing a set of therapeutic theories in which to critically engage and "read" the politically complex array of conditions that define life for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Setting the Frame

1. Practicing Disalienation

2. The Will to Live in Palestine

3. Psychoanalytic Innocence: The Ideological Misattunement of Dialogue

4. Psychotherapeutic Commons in Liberated Palestine

Epilogue: Resistance Keeps Us Sane



Lara Sheehi (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the George Washington University Professional Psychology program. Her work is on decolonial struggles as well as power, race, class, and gender constructs and dynamics within psychoanalysis. Lara is the secretary and president-elect of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology and is the chair of the Teachers’ Academy of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is co-editor of Studies in Gender & Sexuality and of Counterspace in Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. Lara is on the advisory board to the USA-Palestine Mental Health Network and Psychoanalysis for Pride.

Stephen Sheehi (he/him) is the Sultan Qaboos Professor of Middle East Studies and Director of the Decolonizing Humanities Project at William & Mary, where he is also Professor of Arabic Studies in the Asian and Middle East Studies Program, Arabic Program, and Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies Program. His research is in the intellectual and cultural history of the Arab world (including indigenous photography), Islamophobia in the United States and Europe, and liberation thought and praxis in the context of colonialism, racism, capitalism, sexism, and cis-heteronormativity. He is the author of a number of books including Camera Palaestina: Photography and Displaced Histories of Palestine (with Salim Tamari and Issam Nassar), Arab Imago: A Social History of Portrait Photography, 1860-1910, and Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims and Foundations of Modern Arab Identity.


"If you’re looking for another book on victims of apartheid-induced trauma or a psychoanalysis of occupation, this is not it. Instead, Lara Sheehi and Stephen Sheehi have written a brilliant, insurgent work of decolonial theory and practice that centers the labor of Palestinian clinicians and their patients seeking to restore and sustain a sense of self, community, cultural integrity, and ‘presence’ under the violence of settler colonialism. Building on and moving beyond Frantz Fanon, the authors understand the project of psychoanalysis in Palestine is not adjustment but resistance, liberation, and ultimately decolonization."  

Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

"Psychoanalysis Under Occupation makes a compelling argument that interrupts settler colonial epistemic violence. Theorized and discussed in a robust, sophisticated, and well-argued manner, Psychoanalysis Under Occupation prioritizes Palestinian clinician’s expressions, conceptualizing an Arab Palestinian theory of psychoanalyses and resistance. Lara and Stephen Sheehi’s thoughtful, and sensitive examination of al-nafs is a major contribution to psychoanalytic decolonial feminist knowledge produced as/through a liberatory struggle."

Nadera Shalhoub-KevorkianChair in Global Law, Queen Mary University of London and Professor of Criminology and Social Work, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

"How must one deal with the mental suffering of Palestinian patients? Based on an exhaustive analysis of the work of clinicians in Palestine, Lara Sheehi and Stephen Sheehi reject the paradigms of trauma and resilience, make the thought-provoking argument that these patients’ psychic life cannot be reduced to their experience of settler colonialism’s violence, and assert that their subjectivities remain open to desire, emancipation, and the will to live."

Didier Fassin, Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and to the Annual Chair of Public Health at the Collège de France

"Sometimes a book shakes you to your very core and makes you see the field you’ve practiced in for forty years in an entirely new way. This is that book. In bringing readers into the material realities of Palestinian life under Israeli Occupation, introducing us to Palestinian clinicians, patients, Israeli and Palestinian supervisors, Sheehi and Sheehi show clearly that the way psychoanalysis is deployed is literally a matter of life and death. They reveal the multiple ways psychoanalysis is mis-used by those consciously or unconsciously bent on normalizing a violent status quo. At the same time, by letting us listen in on the multiple ways that Palestinian patients and clinicians resist allowing their minds and bodies to be occupied, they reveal what is possible when psychoanalysis aims at liberation."

Lynne LaytonPh.D., Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

Racism and Anti-Semitism: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Othering


Racism and Anti-Semitism:
Psychoanalytic Reflections on Othering  

Panelists: Leon Hoffman, M.D. in conversation with
Susannah Heschel, Ph.D. and J. Kameron Carter, Ph.D.

The third in a series of three meetings devoted to the notion of conflict,
both small-scale and large-scale, intra-institutional and inter-national.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 | 8:00 - 10:00 pm (EST)
(Held Virtually on ZOOM)

$35 - General Admission
$25 - Student Admission
No charge for NYPSI members and students

Register HERE, visit or call 212.879.6900
  1. Buy your ticket at PLEASE NOTE: Ticket Registration is NOT the same as ZOOM registration.
  2. One day prior: Complete ZOOM registration for webinar which you will receive by email from Sharon Weller. This step involves entering your name and email address. If you do not complete this, you will NOT receive link to webinar. PLS NOTE: ZOOM registration is separate from NYPSI website registration.
  3. Click on email from Lois Oppenheim (host) which contains ZOOM link and password to "enter" the webinar.
  4. Evaluation Survey and CME/CE documentation will be emailed the day after the event.
Why is racism so tenacious? Is anti-semitism a species of racism? Is racism a species of anti-Judaism? Are they entirely separate phenomena? This discussion will address the relationship between racism and anti-semitism, examining specific examples from history and how historical, racial, religious, and psychoanalytic scholarship can offer insight into both phenomena. Professor Heschel will draw from her historical scholarship on the Nazi era to explore the slippery nature of racism, its ability to alter its manifestations with ease and hide behind various disavowals while facilitating the racialization of political conflict, social institutions, and religious thought. Professor Carter will consider racial oppression as a theological construct transferred to the political institutions of society. How and which psychoanalytic ideas help us to understand the tenacious persistence of these maladaptive dichotomies of purity and defilement will be the focus of the meeting.  

2 Contact Hours. 2 CME/CE credits offered. See details below.
References of Interest
  1. Carter, J. K. (2019). Black malpractice (a poetics of the sacred). Social Text, 37(2), 67-107.
  2. Heschel, S. (2019). Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s by Marc Dollinger. Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 37(2), 200-204.
  3. Hoffman, L. (2021). The evolution of racism in the Western world: addressing fear of the other. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 69(2), 389-405.
Susannah Heschel, Ph.D. is the Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor and chair of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish and Protestant religious thought in Germany during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Her books include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish JesusThe Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi GermanyJüdischer Islam: Islam und jüdisch-deutsche SelbstbestimmungThe Muslim Reception of European Orientalism (coedited); and forthcoming with Sarah Imhoff, Jewish Studies and the Woman Question. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has received five honorary doctorates and grants from the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, National Humanities Center and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

J. Kameron Carter, Ph.D. is Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He also directs, with Winnifred Sullivan, IU’s Center for Religion and the Human and is on the advisory board of IU’s Center for Theoretical Inquiry. Professor Carter’s work focuses on the co-constituting catastrophes of race, (settler) colonialism, and environmental crises as matters of political theology. Carter is author of Race: A Theological Account (Oxford UP, 2008) and The Anarchy of Black Religion: A Mystic Song (Duke UP, forthcoming, 2022). He has also just completed a book manuscript titled, The Religion of Whiteness: An Apocalyptic Lyric, which is with Yale UP. This last book inaugurates Carter’s “Mystic Song” trilogy, which advances an understanding of Blackness as released from racial category and thus as worldless and black religion as practices of worldlessness in the name of entangled earthiness. Positively put, Carter’s “Mystic Song” trilogy offers a poetics that entails a (black) theory of the earth.

Leon Hoffman, M.D., Psychiatrist and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; Training and Supervising Analyst in adult, child, and adolescent analysis, co-Director, Pacella Research Center at NYPSI (New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute); Faculty, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Chief Psychiatrist/Psychoanalyst, West End Day School in NYC. He is co-author of Manual for Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy for Children with Externalizing Behaviors (RFP-C): A Psychodynamic Approach. A Randomized Clinical Trial (RCT), which demonstrated the effectiveness of the approach, has been published in Psychotherapy Research. The manual has also been translated into Italian. Hoffman’s publications include collaboration with different colleagues. He has written on the application of linguistic measures to the evaluation of psychotherapy and psychoanalytic sessions; studied the impact of teletherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic; and has written theoretical and clinical papers, papers discussing social problems, book reviews, and book essays, including “Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Populism” in Contemporary Psychoanalysis in 2018 and “The evolution of racism in the Western world: addressing fear of the other” published in 2021 in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Chair, Program Committee
Educational Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to,
within the context of psychoanalytic theories and concepts: 
  1. describe the major historical manifestations of anti-semitism, new scholarly methods for examining anti-semitism and its emotional impact, and problems associated with using “antisemitism” as a label for social or political phenomena
  2. explain how racism and anti-semitism interact and reinforce one another
  3. describe the pervasiveness of the concept of purity versus defilement
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY – 0073. (as of 4/23/21)

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists. New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. DISCLOSURE: None of the planners and presenters of this CE program has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Social Workers
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW - 0317.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of [2] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. *Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Pioneering work to bring psychoanalysis to low-income people and those affected by violence

Helí Rafael Morales Ascencio, Ph.D., founder of the Social Foundation of Psychoanalysis in Mexico City, is also a founding member of two other psychoanalysis movements that include The Lacanian Analytical Network and the Psychoanalytic Letter Sculpture. The Social Foundation of Psychoanalysis’ analysts provide care for victims of sexual violence and relatives of the 177,884 missing women in Mexico while the Foundation’s psychoanalytic listening clinics receive people without financial resources or hurt by sexist violence. The work illustrates how intersecting psychotherapy and activism can help survivors of violence and their families.

Check out his work here