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Connections and Conversation is a free monthly Zoom meeting, cultivating creativity and freedom of thought and feeling. We invite you to engage with our presenters and community as they share their interests and passions in conversation on current topics in psychoanalysis.

This free event that alternates times. The meeting begins with a 45 minute presentation followed by 45 minutes of conversation. This event is typically NOT recorded. If this changes, it will be announced at the meeting.

This series is open to all.

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The Patient’s Experience of the Analyst’s Physicality: It’s What’s on the Outside that Counts

Saturday, January 11th, 2025 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PT

This presentation will explore how patients’ experiences of their analysts’ physicality–conveyed in the concrete aspects of the analyst’s body, clothing, and office—can be a constructive domain of intersubjective engagement. This is both generally true, and of specific salience with narcissistically vulnerable patients, for whom states of psychosomatic unity are compromised, and with whom finding ways to be “usable” as objects can be elusive. At the same time, both members of the dyad can avoid such inquiries and enactments despite their generative potential. Anxieties and vulnerabilities related to how we do and don’t want to be seen can be heightened in this arena, which reflects both material constraints and fluid, unstable meanings derived from shifting intersections between personal construction, relational context, and the broader cultural surround–particularly as it informs expressions of gender, race, class, and the like.

Sarah Schoen, Ph.D.

Sarah Schoen, Ph.D.

Sarah Schoen, Ph.D. is Faculty, Supervising, and Training Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and Invited Faculty at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She is on the editorial board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and she teaches and writes about contemporary perspectives on gender, narcissism, and the clinical implications of the relational turn. She is co-edited (with J. Petrucelli and N. Snider), Patriarchy and its Discontents: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (2023), part of the Routledge Series, Psychoanalysis in a New Key. She is in private practice in Manhattan’s Flatiron District.

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CE Credit

Connections and Conversation is not eligible for any CE Credits
No one in the planning or presentation of this activity has any relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

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