Statement on Anjanette Young, LCSW

Statement on Anjanette Young, LCSW

As members of the mental health community we stand in solidarity with Anjanette Young, and call for restorative justice from CPD and Mayor Lori Lightfoot. We affirm our commitment to BIPOC and commit to building an organization that strives for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Depth Counseling denounces all forms of systemic oppression. We are re-envisioning group practice so that we can dismantle oppressive systems and practices in psychoanalysis and in our community more broadly.

Narcissism: Heinz Kohut’s Thoughts on Self-Love

Narcissism: Heinz Kohut’s Thoughts on Self-Love

Jessica Ngiam, AM

Have you been called a narcissist? Do you think that someone in your life may be a narcissist? What if someone told you that narcissism plays a valuable role in your feeling lovable, confident, and whole, and in your overall functioning in life? Jessica Ngiam explores the thoughts of Heinz Kohut, the founder of self psychology, on the importance of narcissism in the development of the self, and what could happen when the caregiving experience during childhood isn’t good enough.

Confessions of a Teletherapy Clinician

Confessions of a Teletherapy Clinician

Flora Lazar, PhD LCSW

In their eagerness to return to a semblance of normality after COVID, many psychoanalytic clinicians have treated teletherapy as a crisis improvisation not unlike factory women did in World War II. Flora Lazar offers a candid assessment of the benefits of teletherapy and argues that the benefits of these adaptations may have long-term benefits to psychoanalysis—benefits that may result in some of the most serious challenges to date about the use of the iconic psychoanalytic couch.

Dealing with Identity: Transforming Apologies into Progress

Dealing with Identity: Transforming Apologies into Progress

Flora Lazar, PhD LCSW

Dr. Lazar reflects on the slow pace of change in psychoanalytic thinking and teaching about race and gender. She asks what it will take for psychoanalysis to become more inclusive of people whom it has historically dismissed and pathologized. One possibility, she suggests, lies in the integration of institute training with a university culture of research, critical inquiry and interdisciplinary dialogue.

Rethinking Social Media: Insights from Dr. Maria Mastronardi

Rethinking Social Media: Insights from Dr. Maria Mastronardi

Dr. Maria Mastronardi, PhD LPC, is a licensed therapist and a professor of communication studies. Her research and teaching focus on social media use, relationship issues, trauma, and gender. Dr. Mastronardi offered some of her insights about how social media can both contribute to and alleviate mental distress for those who may be interested in seeking help.