William Coburn, Ph.D., Psy.D

WILLIAM COBURN, PH.D., PSY.D.
Clinical Psychology: License #PSY12591
Marriage Family Therapy: License #MN17749

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Brief bio:

William J. Coburn, Ph.D., Psy.D. is a psychoanalyst, a licensed clinical psychologist, and a licensed marriage and family therapist practicing in West Los Angeles. He is Founding Editor Emeritus and Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and an Editorial Board Member of Psychoanalytic Inquiry. He is a Faculty Member and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. He is a Council Member of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP), Former Chair of the IAPSP Publications Committee, and an Advisory Board Member of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP). He is also an International Editorial Board Member of Revista Italiana Telematica Di Psicologia Psicoanalitica Del Se Intersoggettivita Psicoanalisi Relazionale. Author of numerous articles and book chapters, he has researched and written extensively in the areas of intersubjectivity, complexity, countertransference, and supervision. He co-edited (with Nancy VanDerHeide) Self and Systems: Explorations in Contemporary Self Psychology (2009, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences), and also co-edited (with Roger Frie) Persons In Context: The Challenge of Individuality in Theory and Practice (2010, Routledge). His more recent book is titled Psychoanalytic Complexity: Clinical Attitudes For Therapeutic Change (2014, Routledge).

 

Areas of Specialty:

Psychoanalysis
Clinical psychology
Clinical Supervision

Education:

1995 to 1999: Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis Los Angeles Psy.D. degree in Psychoanalysis

1990 to 1992: Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

1981 to 1985: Chicago School of Professional Psychology (formally California Graduate Institute), Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology

1979 to 1981: Chicago School of Professional Psychology (formally California Graduate Institute) M.A. degree in Psychology

1977, 1978: CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE Postgraduate study in experimental design and research methodology

1973 to 1977: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES B.A. degree in English

 

Publications:

Coburn, W. J. (in progress article). Ubiquity, habituation and human sameness: What you see is not necessarily what you get.

Coburn, W. J. (in progress article). The truth of oneself: An exploration of the fallibilistic selfobject experience.

Coburn, W. J. (in press). A Most Complex Paradox: Rethinking The Individual. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Vol. , No. .

Coburn, W. J. (2015). Times Spent In The Woods: Discussion of Frank Summers’ “The Expressive Turn in Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy.” International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology Journal Club.

Coburn, W. J. & Frie, R. (2014). Acknowledgements and Gratitude. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. Vol 9, No 1.

Coburn, W. J. (2012). Search Yourself: Commentary on Kenneth Frank’s “Strangers To Ourselves: Exploring the Limits and Potentials of the Analyst’s Self Awareness in Self- and Mutual Analysis.” Psychoanalytic Dialogues. Vol 22, No 3.

Coburn, W. J. (2011). Acknowledgement and Gratitude. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. Vol 6, No 4.

Coburn, W. J. (2011). Learning From Distributed Experience: Discussion of Carol Levin’s “Soft Assembly: Expanding the Field of Therapeutic Actions in My Training Analysis,” Psychoanalytic Inquiry.

Coburn, W. J. (2011). A Warrior’s Stance: A Commentary on Marks-Tarlow’s “Merging and Emerging: A Nonlinear Portrait of Intersubjectivity during Psychotherapy”. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Vol 21, No 1.

Coburn, W. J. (2011). More light for a darker age: Contextualist sensibilities in child and adolescent treatment. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, Vol 6, No 1.

Coburn, W. J. (2010). Passion and gratitude in psychoanalysis. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, Vol 5, No 4.

Coburn, W. J. (2010). Contextualizing Individuality and Therapeutic Action in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Chapter 8, in Persons In Context: The Challenge of Individuality in Theory and Practice, Eds. Frie, R. & Coburn, W. J., New York: Routledge.

Coburn, W. J. & Frie, R. (2010). The Challenge of Individuality: Introduction, in Persons In Context: The Challenge of Individuality in Theory and Practice, Eds. Frie, R. & Coburn, W. J., New York: Routledge.

Coburn, W. J. (co-editor with VanDerHeide, N.) (2009). Introduction, in Self and Systems: Explorations In Contemporary  Self Psychology. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 1159.

Coburn, W. J. (2009). Editor’s Acknowledgement. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, Fall Issue.

Coburn, W. J. (2009). Foreword: The Life and Forward-Edge of Marian Tolpin, International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, Supplemental (Summer) Issue, 4 (supplemental).

Coburn, W. J. (2009). Attitudes In Psychoanalytic Complexity: An Alternative to Postmodernism In Psychoanalysis. in Beyond Postmodernism: New Dimensions in Clinical Theory and Practice, ed. R. Frie & D. Orange. New York: Routledge Press.

Coburn, W. J. (2008). Editor’s Acknowledgement. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, Fall Issue.

Coburn, W. J. & Shane, E. (2008). Recognizing recognition in self psychology. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 3(2).

Coburn, W. J. (2008). Introduction. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 3:1.

Coburn, W. J. (2007). Editor’s Acknowledgement. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, Fall Issue.

Coburn, W. J. (2007). Symposium on Loss, Recovery and Analytic Transformation: Prologue. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, vol. 2, no. 4.

Coburn, W. J. (2007). What Is A Weeble Anyway, and What Is A Wobble Too? A discussion of Phyllis DiAmbrosio’s paper, Weeble Wobbles: Resilience within the Psychoanalytic Situation. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, vol. 2, no. 4.

Coburn, W. J. (2007). Don’t Drag Me Around: The Phenomenology of Complexity In Group Psychotherapy. Commentary on Robert Grossmark’s “The Edge of Chaos: Enactment, Disruption and Emergence In Group Psychotherapy.” Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Vol. 17, No. 4.

Coburn, W. J. (2007). Contextualist Sensibilities: A Discussion of Judith Pickles Case. Psychoanalytic Inquiry.

Coburn, W. J. (2007). Psychoanalytic complexity: Pouring new wine directly into one’s mouth. Chapter 1, in New Developments in Self Psychology Practice, ed. P. Buirski and A. Kottler, Jason Aronson.

Coburn, W. J. (2006). Terminations, self-states and complexity in psychoanalysis: A discussion of Jody Messler Davies’ “Transformations of Desire and Despair: Reflections on the Termination Process from A Relational Perspective.” Psychoanalytic Dialogues.

Coburn, W. J. (2006). Editor’s Note. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, Fall Issue.

Coburn, W. J. (2006). Editor’s Introduction for “Finding Renee: A Clinical Symposium in Four Parts.” International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, Vol. 1, No. 2.

Coburn, W. J. (2006). Introduction: Self Psychology After Kohut: One Theory or Too Many? International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, Vol. 1, No. 1.

Coburn, W. J. (2005). Discussion of James L. Fosshage’s “The Explicit and Implicit Domains In Psychoanalytic Change.” PsyBC Online Colloquium moderated by Daniel Hill.

Coburn, W. J. (2004). Introduction, Progress In Self Psychology, William J. Coburn, Ed., Vol. 20, Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press.

Coburn, W. J. (2002). A world of systems: The role of systemic patterns of experience in the therapeutic process. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Vol. 22, No. 5.

Coburn, W. J. & Shane, E. (2002). Prologue. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Vol. 22, No. 5.

Coburn, W. J. & Shane, E. (2002). Epilogue. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Vol. 22, No. 5.

Coburn, W. J. (2001). Review of Steven H. Knoblauch’s The Musical Edge of The Therapeutic Dialogue, Psychologist-Psychoanalyst (official publication of the American Psychological Association, Division 39, Psychoanalysis), Vol. XXI, No. 3, 2001.

Coburn, W. J. (2001). Transference-countertransference dynamics and disclosure. In The supervisory alliance: Facilitating the psychotherapist’s learning experience. Susan Gill (Ed), Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc, pp. 215-232.

Coburn, W. J. (2000). “News from the Western Region,” Self Psychology News Letter, June.

Coburn, W. J. (2000). The organizing forces of contemporary psychoanalysis: Reflections on nonlinear dynamic systems theory. Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol. 17, No. 3.

Coburn, W. J. (1999). Attitudes of embeddedness and transcendence in psychoanalysis: Subjectivity, self-experience and countertransference. Journal of The American Academy of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 26, No. 2.

Coburn, W. J. (1999). An instrument of possibilities: A discussion of Dorthy Levinson’s and George Atwood’s paper, “A Life of One’s Own: A Case Study of The Loss and Restoration of The Sense of Personal Agency.” Progress In Self Psychology, Vol. 15, 1999.

Coburn, W. J. (1998). Patient unconscious communication and analyst narcissistic vulnerability in the countertransference experience. Progress In Self Psychology (ed., Arnold Goldberg), Vol. 14, 1998.

Coburn, W. J. (1997). The vision in supervision: transference-countertransference dynamics and disclosure in the supervision relationship. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, Vol. 61, No. 4 (Fall).

Coburn, W. J. (1990). Countertransference with couples and families. The California Therapist, May/June.


Presentations
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Coburn, W. J. (2016). Psychoanalytic Complexity and the Clinical Attitude. Presentation at the Australian Chapter of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, July, Sydney, Australia.

Coburn, W. J. (2016). Embodying A Lively Sense of Paradox: Commensurability and Incommensurability of Paradigms Among Theories and Persons. Paper presentation at the 2016 Annual Conference of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, June, Rome, Italy.

Coburn, W. J. (2016). Psychoanalytic Complexity: Therapeutic Action and Clinical Attitudes. Invited presentation at the 2016 CAMFT Annual Conference, May, Los Angeles, California.

Coburn, W. J. (2016). Acts of Freedom: A Discussion of Anna M. Barbero’s “Defective Attunement and Alteration of the Bodily Rhythm.” Presented at the Istituto di Specializzazione in Psicologia Psicoanalitica del Sé, March, Milan, Italy.

Coburn, W. J. (2016). I Sistemi Dinamici Non Lineari (Psychoanalytic Complexity). An invited two-day presentation at the Universita degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca e Istituto ISIPSE, March, Milan, Italy.

Coburn, W. J. (2016). Psychoanalytic Complexity: Paradox and Attitudes–Playing with The Phenomenological and The Explanatory. Invited presentation at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, January, New York City, New York.

Coburn, W. J. (2015). Commensurable and Incommensurable Paradigms of Theories and Persons. Plenary panel paper presented at the 2015 Annual Conference of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, October, Los Angeles, California.

Coburn, W. J. (2015). Psychoanalytic Complexity: Clinical Attitudes for Therapeutic Change. Meet-the-Author presentation at the 2015 Annual Conference of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, October, Los Angeles, California.

Coburn, W. J. (2014). Individuality and The Prereflective Systems Consciousness. Invited paper presentation at the Rapaport-Klein Study Group, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA

Coburn, W. J. (2014). Psychoanalytic Complexity and The Clinical Attitude. Invited two-day presentation at the Oklahoma Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, February 21 & 22, 2014

Coburn, W. J. (2013). The Theoretical World of Bernard Brandchaft. Invited paper presentation for “Tribute to Dr. Bernard Brandchaft and his Emancipatory Psychoanalysis,” Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, June 15, 2013

Coburn, W. J. (2012). Discussion of presentations by Penelope Starr-Karlin and Howard Bacal for Plenary Panel: Intersubjectivity, Complexity, and Specificity: Re-Viewing Self Autonomy and Context-Embeddedness in Clinical Practice. Presented at the 2012 Annual Conference of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, October, Washington, DC.

Coburn, W. J. (2012). Introduction to Plenary Panel: Intersubjectivity, Complexity, and Specificity: Re-Viewing Self Autonomy and Context-Embeddedness in Clinical Practice. Presented at the 2012 Annual Conference of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, October, Washington, DC.

Coburn, W. J. (2012). Clinical Aspects of Psychoanalytic Complexity. Invited presentation at the Arizona Psychoanalytic Society, Phoenix, Arizona, July, 2012.

Coburn, W. J. (2012). Time Is of The Essence: A Discussion of Christina Emanuel’s “Rarified Luminous Spaghetti” and Deborah Agrest’s “Serving Time.” Paper presented at the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Annual Conference, New York City, March, 2012.

Coburn, W. J. (2011). Psychoanalytic Complexity and The Clinical Attitude. Paper presented at the Arizona Psychoanalytic Society Salon, Phoenix, Arizona, December, 2011.

Coburn, W. J. (2011). Others ‘r’ Us: From Boundedness to Embeddedness: Invited commentary on Kenneth Gergen’s “Relational Being.” Paper presented at the Conference on Psychology and the Other, Lesley University, Cambridge, October, 2011.

Coburn, W. J. (2011). Persons In Context: Contextualist Attitudes In Psychoanalysis. Invited paper presented at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, April, 2011.

Coburn, W. J. (2011). Foundations and Advancements in Contextualism: An invited discussion of Robert Stolorow’s “A Phenomenological-Contextualist Psychoanalytic Perspective: From Mind to World, From Drive to Affectivity.” Paper delivered at the AAPCSW 2011 Conference in Marina del Rey, California, March, 2011 and at the International Conference on the Psychology of the Self in Los Angeles, California, October, 2011.

Coburn, W. J. (2011). Psychoanalytic Complexity: Context, Attitudes and Epistemological Ineptitude. Paper delivered at the AAPCSW 2011 Conference in Marina del Rey, California, March, 2011 and at the International Conference on the Psychology of the Self in Los Angeles, California, October, 2011.

Coburn, W. J. (2011). Introduction of and Interview with Howard Bacal on Specificity Theory. Presentation at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, March, 2011.

Coburn, W. J. (2011). Psychoanalytic Complexity and Clinical Practice. Presentation at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, February, 2011.

Coburn, W. J. (2010). Psychoanalytic Complexity: Innovations in Therapeutic Attitudes and Clinical Practice. A Full-Day Presentation at the 1st Bruce Wine Memorial Conference, sponsored by the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Washington, DC.

Coburn, W. J. (2010). Psychoanalytic Complexity: Theoretical Innovation and Clinical Practice. A Full-Day Presentation to Le Group d’edtude sur L’intersubjectivite, Montreal, Canada.

Coburn, W. J. (2009, 2010). Psychoanalytic Complexity and The Forward Edge: It’s (Almost) All About Attitude. Paper presented at the 2009 International Conference on The Psychology of The Self, Chicago, IL and the 2010 Conference for the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, San Francisco, CA.

Coburn, W. J. (2009). Psychoanalytic Complexity. An invited all-day presentation at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, Spring, 2009.

Coburn, W. J. (2008). Introduction to Panel One of James Fosshage’s Individuality Within A Systems World, Frank Lachmann’s My Individuality, My Self, and Robert Stolorow’s Individuality In Context, presented at the 31st Annual International Conference on The Psychology of The Self, Baltimore, MD.

Coburn, W. J. (2008). Psychoanalytic Complexity. Full-day presentation given at the Istituto di Specializzazione in Psicologia Psicoanalitica del Se’ Psicoanalisi Relazionale, Rome, Italy.

Coburn, W. J. (2008). Discussion of Pinato and Moia’s “Figures of Understanding: The Subjectivization Process of the Image. Paper presented at the Istituto di Specializzazione in Psicologia Psicoanalitica del Se’ Psicoanalisi Relazionale, Rome, Italy.

Coburn, W. J. (2008). Psychoanalytic Complexity Theory: Expecting the Unexpected. Full-day presentation given at the Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology (at Trinity College), Toronto, Canada.

Coburn, W. J. (2008). Complexity Theory and Psychoanalysis. Full-day presentation at the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center (at Oregon Health and Science University), Portland, OR.

Coburn, W. J. (2008). Contexts of individuality: a discussion of James Fosshage’s Individuality Within A Systems World, Frank Lachmann’s My Individuality, My Self, and Robert Stolorow’s Individuality In Context, presented at the 31st Annual International Conference on The Psychology of The Self, Baltimore, MD.

Coburn, W. J. (2008). Discussion of Loomis’ From Fog To Feeling: A Dynamic Contextualization of Dissociation: The Relational Requirement to Disappear. Paper presented at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis Open House, 2008.

Coburn, W. J. (2007). Complexity Made Simple: Exploring A Nonlinear Dynamic Systems Perspective. Plenary panel paper presented at the 30th Annual International Conference on the Psychology of the Self. Los Angeles, California.

Coburn, W. J. (2007). Discussion of Elena Bonn’s “Turbulent Contexutualism: Bearing Complexity Toward Change.” Paper presented at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angles.

Coburn, W. J. (2005). Discussion of James L. Fosshage’s “The Explicit and Implicit Domains In Psychoanalytic Change.” PsyBC Online Colloquium moderated by Daniel Hill.

Coburn, W. J. (2005). Dissociations and Terminations in Psychoanalysis: A Discussion of Jody Messler Davies’ “Transformation of Desire and Despair: Termination and a Dissociative Model of Mind. Paper presented at the First IARPP European International Conference, Rome, Italy, 2005.

Coburn, W. J. (2005). Complexity Theory. An invited paper presented at the Northwestern Center for Psychoanalysis, Portland, Oregon.

Coburn, W. J. (2004). Complexity Theory, paper presented at the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Conference, Santa Monica, California.

Coburn, W. J. (2003). Contextualism and Countertransference. A discussion of Lawrence Green’s paper, “The Value of Hate in The Countertransference.” A paper presented at the 2003 Spring Meeting of The National Membership Committee on Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, Los Angeles.

Coburn, W. J. (2003). What Is A Weeble Anyway, and What Is A Wobble Too? A discussion of Phyllis DiAmbrosio’s paper, Weeble Wobbles: Resilience within the Psychoanalytic Situation. Presented at the 26th Annual International Conference on The Psychology of The Self, Chicago, IL

Coburn, W. J. (2003). Contextualist Enaction: A discussion of Leslie Brothers’ paper, Doing and Experiencing: Contemporary Developments. Paper presented at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, in November, 2003.

Coburn, W. J. (2002). A world of systems: Complexity theory and therapeutic action. Paper presented at the 25th Annual International Conference on The Psychology of The Self in Washington, D.C.

Coburn, W. J. (2001). Subjectivity, emotional resonance and the sense of the real. Paper presented at the Spring Meeting of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), American Psychologist Association, New York, NY, 1999 and at the 22nd Annual International Conference on The Psychology of The Self in Toronto, 1999.

Coburn, W. J. (2001). Contextualizing Control-Mastery Theory And Nonlinear Dynamic Systems Theory: A Response to Harold Sampson’s and Jeff Trop’s Discussions of Judith Pickles’ “We Were Alone Together: My Work with A Severely Traumatized Woman.” Paper presented at the 24th Annual International Conference On The Psychology of The Self in San Francisco, California.

Coburn, W. J. (2001). Expectations and inferences: A discussion of Joseph Lichtenberg’s “Transference As Communication: The Language of the Body.” Paper presented at the 24th Annual International Conference On The Psychology of The Self in San Francisco, California.

Coburn, W. J. (2000). I-Thou Relating and Selfobject Experiences: A Discussion of Barbara Engelman’s paper, The Unending Search for Love: On Narcissistic Parenting, Eating Disorders and the Double Bind. Paper presented at the March 2000 In-House Meeting, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles.

Coburn, W. J. (1999). Intersubjectivity Theory, Nonlinear Sensibility and Chronic Pain: A Discussion of Marilyn Jacobs’ Paper, A Case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Chronic Pain. Paper presented at the Spring Meeting of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), American Psychological Association, New York, NY, 1999.

Coburn, W. J. (1999). Loss, greed and the pied piper: a discussion of the movie, The Sweet Hereafter, presented at the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute.

Coburn, W. J. (with Howard, S. A.) (1999). Adolescence and Nonlinear Systems Theory: Reconceptualizing Developmental Theory and Approaches To Treatment. Paper presented at the 1999 Annual Meeting of the International Association of Adolescent Psychiatry in Provence, France.

Coburn, W. J. (1998). An instrument of possibilities: A discussion of Dorthy Levinson’s and George Atwood’s paper, “A Life of One’s Own: A Case Study of The Loss and Restoration of The Sense of Personal Agency.” Paper presented at the 1998 Conference of the Psychology of the Self, Chicago, IL.

Coburn, W. J. (1998). The Vision in Supervision. Paper presented at the American Academy of Psychoanalysis Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, 1998.

Coburn, W. J. (1998). Relatedness Theory In Self Psychology: A Discussion of Lester Lenoff’s “Original Intent: Countertransference, Relational Theory and Self Psychological Treatment.” Paper presented at the 21st Annual Conference on The Psychology of The Self, San Diego, CA, 1998.

Coburn, W. J. (1997). Patient unconscious communication and analyst narcissistic vulnerability in the countertransference experience. Paper presented at the 1997 Conference on the Psychology of the Self, Washington, DC.

 

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