Relational theory has had an enormous impact on all analytic theories by challenging and expanding on how the analyst's subjectivity influences the transference/countertransference dynamic. Most interesting is how the analysts comes to use their subjectivity, specifically their thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, reverie and unconscious processes. Furthermore, the subject positions the analyst holds, namely their race, class, gender and sexuality, often play a crucial role in the unfolding of enactments around the negotiation of power and difference. In this workshop covering dissociation, trauma, and multiple self states, we will use clinical vignettes to explore how enactments and impasses arise when dealing with patients who are experienced as 'other'. We will explore how to find our way, using intersubjective theory, to resolve these crunches and knots. The audience will be encouraged to participate and co-create the unfolding experience.
Click here to read a paper by Dr. Suchet on race and subjectivity.
Melanie Suchet, Ph.D. is adjunct clinical assistant professor of psychology at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is faculty at the Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Studies where she has taught race, class, intersectio