Dana Blue, LICSW FIPA is a board-certified training and supervising psychoanalyst with a lifelong interest in the development of the mind.
Available In-Service Topics
The Hole at the Bottom of Everything
From our first encounter with this bright and startling world, loss defines us. While loss is never without pain, for some, experiences of loss are so problematic that life becomes constricted. Drawing on a marriage of theoretical and clinical experience, I will articulate ways to understand and assist patients in this thorny situation.
The Secret World of Babies
The development of a mind begins before birth, and its growing arc has long-reaching implications for psychic wellbeing across the lifespan. Using an object relations perspective, I will discuss ordinary development, its common impingements, and how unconscious relationships are established. I will then draw on clinical vignettes to elaborate the way these relationships might manifest in the clinical situation.
Psychoanalysis: Not for everyone (but maybe for you?)
Psychoanalysis requires a serious investment of time and money, and is not suited to those who can be helped by less rigorous methods. However, for those who reside at the intersection of curiosity and misery, this peculiar form of psychological open-heart surgery can provide the best and only avenue to restore health and vitality and promote the growth of the mind.
Promoting Mental Diversity in the Workplace
People bring very different minds to work, and sometimes the radically different perspectives generated by diverse minds can result in entrenched conflict and intractable misunderstanding. Using a Kleinian lens to consider common and habitual ways of thinking may prove useful in promoting effective work groups.
Room to Grow: Cultivating Reverie in Clinical Practice
Reverie, in psychoanalytic thought, is a particular state of mind that can occur between a therapist and her patient. This term was transported from philosophy by Wilfred Bion (1961), who developed a bi-personal psychology with reverie at its core. He described a state of mind that occurs between an infant and his mother, where the baby’s anxieties and terrors, transmitted via projective identification, are met by a mother’s emotional receptivity. In optimal circumstances she transforms these baby-worries, and returns them to her infant enhanced by understanding. Gradually, the baby internalizes not only the de-fanged anxieties, but, in time, the ability to make his own sense of the world. In Bion’s conceptualization, this process is analogous to a process that can transpire in psychotherapy, where reverie is the first step in an evolving dance. Eventually, the products of one's reverie are expressed in a psychoanalytic interpretation. Come and explore the clinical application of this practical concept.
Dana is available for clinical consultation.