Sunday Brunch Series - Making Something Out of Nothing: How a Psychoanalysis Grew from Attunement to the Implicit Relationship

  • 17 Jan 2010
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Location will be e-mailed to registrants
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Hosted by Linda Spero, MSS, LCSW

Presenter - Deborah Sherman, MS, ADTR, LPC

Deborah Sherman, MS, ADTR, LPC is a Dance/Movement Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Psychoanalyst. She received her analytic training at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity in NYC. Deborah has led workshops for therapists combining techniques of D/MT and Relational Psychoanalysis to explore the intersubjective nature of the therapeutic relationship. She has presented "Making Something Out of Nothing..." at the 2009 International Conference on the Psychology of the Self. She currently maintains a private practice working with adults in Psychoanalysis and in D/MT in Philadelphia and NYC.


Learning objectives

1. Participants will be able to articulate how working with processes of implicit relational knowing and affect attunement can effectively establish and develop a psychoanalytic relationship with a patient who cannot use verbal language meaningfully. 

2. Participants will be able to describe what movement/non-verbal interactions between patient and analyst can tell us about the intersubjectivity of the therapeutic relationship.


Ms. Sherman will present a paper, "Holding, Dropping, Catching, and Holding On...", which explores the shared implicit relationship between analyst and patient in a psychoanalytic treatment. It describes my encounter with a patient who desperately needed to develop an authentic relationship in the therapy but who had no idea how to do this.  Additionally, this patient was so anxious about her inability to feel any relationship as 'real', so lost in states of mind she described as "blackness" -- making her despairing and suicidal -- that she was unable to use affective language in a meaningful way to communicate her experience. I will present my response to her which was to find, with her, a way of working together grounded in the shared implicit relationship that developed then into a viable psychoanalytic treatment -- making 'something out of nothing'.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.  Brunch

11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.    Presentation and Discussion

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