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"Found At Sea: Depth Psychotherapy for Unfathomed Times"
Molly Merson, LMFT
Friday, April 1st, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Depth psychotherapy gives us an opportunity to contact, and work with, the complexity and depth of what it is to be human. Offering “time to waste” (Grubb), “evenly hovering attention” (Freud), and “just talk[ing], just drift[ing]” (Russell), as clinicians we can support a facilitated space for people’s curiosity about who they are and how they came to be. Depth psychotherapy can provide a frame for both therapist and client to enter into a reverie state where both people can listen deeply to the patient’s unconscious material, thereby opening up avenues for healing and transformation that are hidden from the conscious mind.
Psychoanalysts for a century and a half have attempted to describe the process of deep work, and this presentation will cover some of these concepts, techniques for listening deeply, case vignettes, and personal experience.
This presentation aims to illustrate the importance of depth therapy in developing a sense of “self” and personhood. As in many treatment modalities, depth psychotherapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis require the clinician to become comfortable with the unknown and not-knowing, and aware of our own countertransferences, sticking points, areas for growth, and “internal objects” that swim inside our own deep waters. This includes the ways in which structural power dynamics are encountered both symbolically and materially, and play out interpersonally and in clinical/psychic space. Depth psychotherapy is a journey upon which both therapist and client/patient embark together, not knowing what we may find along the way— and yet, it is something we can do together. For, as Thomas Ogden and Wilfred Bion have said, “It takes [at least] two minds to think.”
After attending, participants will be able to:
- Define three key concepts/terms relevant to depth/psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
- Implement at least one technique of depth/psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
- Identify at least one clinical encounter where depth psychotherapy could be useful in their own practice of talk therapy.
- Identify one way in which systems of power (class, race, gender, dis/ability) impact mental health.
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About Molly Merson
Molly Merson, LMFT is in independent practice in California working primarily with adults and adolescents in psychoanalysis and talk therapy. A candidate at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, Molly is active in the psychoanalytic community, including participation over the years on several committees aimed at incorporating decolonial approaches to healing into our clinical conversations. Molly is actively engaged in interrogating whiteness and other systems of power in personal, professional, and clinical life. Molly also writes articles and blog posts about the social and the psychoanalytic, and appears on podcasts discussing psychoanalysis in everyday life. Find out more here: https://www.mollymerson.com/
Zoom Webinar - please make sure you register to the webinar with the link provided in your confirmation email.
Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
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CE Certificate: You must attend the entire presentation and complete a post test and an evaluation to receive your CE credit certificate. At the conclusion of this educational event, after confirming attendance, an email with a link to the test and evaluation form will be sent to all attendees who attended the online event. Once you complete and submit your evaluation, you will have immediate access and be able to print or save your CE Certificate. This course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hrs of continuing education (CE) credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
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