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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Patients’ Objects in the Analyst’s Mind: Complications and Enactments

Nancy Kulish, Ph.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Discussant: Linda Gold, L.M.S.W.

November 16
2-4 pm
Farmington Hills

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: A little talked about aspect of doing psychotherapy and psychoanalysis is how the people in our patients’ lives, their internal “objects,” take shape in the therapist's/analyst’s mind. The relationship the analyst/therapist makes with these objects can serve as important sources of information about the patient’s transferences and fantasies, but can also become potent countertransferences. These countertransferences may be difficult to detect and lead to prolonged enactments or impasses. This presentation may help us to become more aware of such issues and thus to be better able to deal with them in ourselves and with our patients.

At the conclusion of this talk, participants will be able to:
1. Describe countertransferences that arise from the therapist’s/analyst’s reactions to the patient’s objects.
2. Apply the ideas presented to the treatments of their own patients, especially masochistic and severely depressed individuals.

About the presenter: Dr. Kulish is Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Wayne State University School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Psychology, University of Detroit Mercy and a past president of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. She was the 2005 National Woman Psychoanalytic Scholar of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is on the editorial board of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly and The International Journal of Psychoanalysis.