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The ability to think about what might be in other people’s minds (the skill of putting ourselves in another person’s experience) is something the Hungarian-born psychoanalyst Peter Fonagy calls ‘mentalization.’ Simply put, Fonagy describes mentalization as “having one’s mind in mind.”
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.
Dr. Jessica Benjamin, who currently works as a psychoanalyst and is considered one of the most important contemporary contributors to the field of psychology, describes her idea of ‘Thirdness’ as a kind of co-creation in regular relationships.
Edie Hitchcock, MA MFA LCPC is a licensed therapist specializing in issues related to identity, gender, and sexuality. Edie offered some of her insights about how sex and gender come into play in psychotherapy for those who may be interested in seeking help.
Think about the last time someone advised you, “Just be yourself!” Have you ever wondered, either philosophically or with some frustration, “What does that really mean?”
Jenna White, MA LCPC is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders, body image, and gender and sexuality diversity. She currently works with groups, couples and individuals and in the Loop and in Lincoln Square, Chicago. Jenna offered her wisdom with me to help others who might be struggling.
Anancia Stafford, EdD completed her masters and doctoral work at Governor’s State University, where she studied the relationship between race, identity and college attrition among African American male college students. She currently works with individuals and adults in the Loop and in Hyde Park, Chicago.
I recently sat down with Dr. Stafford to explore how race and identity can play into the therapeutic process.
What does psychodynamic therapy look like? How do we know it works? A leading psychoanalyst named Dr. Jonathan Shedler published an article in 2010 intended to demonstrate that psychodynamic therapy provably offers profound, permanent self-understanding and emotional relief.