Chasing an Object of Desire: Ramie Bou-Saab on Borderline Personality

Chasing an Object of Desire: Ramie Bou-Saab on Borderline Personality

Micaiah Warren interviews Ramie Bou-Saab, AM LCSW about his understanding of and therapeutic approach to individuals on the borderline personality spectrum. Bou-Saab recognizes the demographic diversity in this spectrum and how this contributes to the differing needs and challenges they face when it comes to managing their emotions, responsibilities, and relationships.

Unmasking Masochistic Self-Defeat

Unmasking Masochistic Self-Defeat

Kathryn Levison, BA

People who seem to be their own worst enemies — whose histories are riddled with actions and decisions clearly antithetical to their well-being — can confound even the most skilled clinician. But while theories on its origin abound, one thing is crystal clear: masochistic self-defeat is a learned behavior. Follow along as Kathryn Levison presents insights, information, and her own personal experience that, with psychoanalytic psychotherapy, any learned behavior — even the most self-damaging — can be un-learned.

Demystifying Dissociation

Demystifying Dissociation

Kathryn Levison, BA

Using Dr. Nancy McWilliams’ text Psychoanalytic Diagnosis as a springboard, Kathryn Levison offers insights into the history of and advances in the treatment of dissociation, the role of neuroscience in explaining the physiological roots of memory impairment, and presents psychoanalytic psychotherapy as the best possible option for healing disconcerting symptoms and finding balance for those who find dissociation to be a helpful tool for managing the stresses of life and relationships.

SEMINAR: Examining the Emotional Legacy of Systemic Racism

SEMINAR: Examining the Emotional Legacy of Systemic Racism

NOVEMBER 6, 2021 | 10am CST

This live supervision seminar was presented in partnership with The Kedzie Center. This online seminar provided a live view of how two psychoanalysts from two different countries and with different racial identities think and learn about race in the clinical setting. This discussion between Dionne Powell, a Black American clinician, and Amanda Kottler, a White South African Clinician was moderated by Huey Hawkins, Jr., a Black American clinician from St. Louis.

The Doctor Debate: Still Talking About Titles

The Doctor Debate: Still Talking About Titles

Flora Lazar, PhD LCSW
The American Psychoanalyst
Volume 55, No 2, Spring/Summer 2021

In this article for The American Psychoanalyst, Flora Lazar revisits a sensitive topic in psychoanalytic history — what is the necessary academic preparation for training/practice in psychoanalysis? She traces the history and controversy about degrees in the field and argues, from a self-psychological perspective, that degrees may have more meaning to clients/patients than to clinicians.

Statement on Adam Toledo / Declaración sobre Adam Toledo

Statement on Adam Toledo / Declaración sobre Adam Toledo

The shooting of Adam Toledo brings to debate the living conditions of people of Color, Latino origin, and other minorities in the city of Chicago, and the poor response by the authorities to address and improve conditions in these areas. We urge meaningful actions that would save lives.

El tiroteo de Adam Toledo trae a debate las condiciones de vida de personas de color, de origen latino, y otras minorías en la ciudad de Chicago, y la pobre respuesta por parte de las autoridades para atender y mejorar las condiciones en estas areas. Exhortamos por qué se realicen acciones que salven vidas.

SEMINAR: The Individuated Dividual or What is Culture Good For?

SEMINAR: The Individuated Dividual or What is Culture Good For?

JUNE 4, 2021 | 6:00–7:30pm CST

Depth Counseling’s first live supervision seminar was presented in partnership with the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago, and Yellowbrick Consultation and Treatment Center as part of the 2021 Weissbourd Dialogues. This seminar explored the emotional world of a first-generation Indian American as he struggles with cultural expectations of personhood that differ from the normative American conceptions of individuality. Case presented by Sean M. Dowdy, PhD, with clinical supervision by Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD.

Black Girls Matter

Black Girls Matter

Emily Esquivel, MA LPC

“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.” —Malcom X

Young Black girls are overpoliced and under protected. The brutal treatment of Black girls and women is an ignored epidemic we must address.