These on-going case discussion groups focus on the use of countertransference to apprehend pre-verbal and unconscious dimensions of the patient’s experience that they cannot put into words.
All video groups are conducted through HIPPA compliant secure video.
The full spectrum of the therapist’s feelings — including (especially!) the intense, often uncomfortable, feelings that may be viewed as incompatible with an analytic stance — are used to deepen the understanding of the analytic relationship.
More traditional aspects of analytic case discussion, such as diagnosis, relational and intrapsychic dynamics, and transference and defence are also part of the these unusually open discussions. This approach is compatible with both interpretative and non-interpretative techniques.
Psychoanalytic therapists of all orientations who are comfortable using the analyst’s feelings as a mode of understanding are welcome.
Most current participants have 10-20 years of clinical experience. However, early career clinicians can benefit and contribute to these groups as well. All groups are currently in progress and accepting new members. International participants are welcome where there are video spaces available.
These groups are now eligible for Social Work and Licensed Psychoanalyst Continuing Education contact hours in New York State. Contact me for details about how contact hours can be obtained.
All groups (except the Wednesday Video group) meet in my office on University Place in NYC, every other week. I can accommodate a limited number of video participants in most in-person groups.
Alternate Tuesdays: 7:45-9:15 PM: Open to clinicians of all levels.
Alternate Wednesdays: 2:05 - 3:35 PM: Open to clinicians of all levels. This group also includes a monthly reading and a discussion of the reading. All readings are clinically focused.
Alternate Wednesdays 2-3:30 PM: This is an on-line video only group (if you haven’t tried this modality, it works remarkably well!). Open to clinicians of all levels.
Alternate Fridays: 11:00 - 12:30 AM: This group is open to clinicians of all levels.
Alternate Fridays: 2:00-3:30 PM: This group is open to advanced clinicians with at least 15 years of post-institute experience or similar private experiences (extensive individual or group supervision, reading groups, or similar private training). Most members have more than 30 years of experience. There are no video participants in this group.
The fee for all groups is $75 per session.
I offer a limited number of reduced fee places to clinicians who are unlicensed and working only in institute or agency settings, as well as for international clinicians who are working in countries where fees are lower.
Individual consultation is also available, in-person or remotely, regularly or occasionally.
Please contact me if you have questions. If you are interested in joining a group, we will arrange a session at no charge, to get to know each other and to determine if one of these groups would work for you.
Paul Geltner, LCSW
Paul Geltner, DSW, LCSW is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Social Workers #SW-0533, and by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychoanalysts #P-0041.
In this video presentation, The Theory of Objective Countertransference, I discuss how the analyst's feelings can reveal dimensions of the patient's experience that they are unable to put into words.
I have authored Emotional Communication: Countertransference Analysis and the Use of Feeling in Psychoanalytic Technique, as well as papers on dreams, child and group analysis. My private practice is in New York City, where I specialize in individual and group consultation.
In this interview with Will Braun of New Books in Psychoanalysis, I describe the concept of countertransference and the ways in which emotional communications can be induced in the analyst.