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Posted: 12/1/2017
Spontaneous Remarks on Adam Phillips' Winnicott's Magic: Playing and Reality and Reality

Shutters On the Beach, October 28, 2017


By David James Fisher, PhD


After the intense and inspiring events of this week with NCP’s first Master Clinician in Residence, I am experiencing a combination of exhaustion and elation. I can only imagine how our speaker is feeling after the marathon of this week while still jet lagged, climaxing in this all day conference on Winnicott and the British Independent School. Adam has been consistently eloquent, elegant, and fluent in expression, conveying his point of view with cogency and wisdom.


In trying to summarize some of the main themes of this week and of today’s conference, a number of ideas come to mind. From Adam, I learned the word “redescription.” “Elaborate” is another. He makes the word “interesting” interesting. He urges us to have a wide angle vision, in attempting not to narrow the mind (inspired by Marian Milner, whose relationship with Winnicott and ambivalence about him was the subject of his paper. Adam met with Milner on Saturday afternoons, drinking whiskey and talking about Winnicott).


Adam practices a form of mindfulness that emphasizes thinking and feeling, along with play and spontaneity, over an excessive concentration of the mind. He often refers to dreamwork and to revery. This permits his audience to relax, to be elastic, catalyzing associations and images, affections and hatreds. He disarms with humor and the capacity to be playful. While not using the word love and eschewing sentimentality, Adam values a life of affection and appears fully capable of living an affectionate life.


After this exposure to Winnicott, Milner, and Adam Phillips, we can revalue a life of work, love, and play, of play informing all aspects of work and love. Because Adam is not affiliated with an analytic institute or a national or international organization, he writes as a free floating intellectual. As a result, he appears not to be suffering from a severe psychoanalytic super-ego, and seems fully capable of an exceptional independence of mind. Too many of us who are affiliated with analytic organizations or institutes suffer from the analytic police in our heads, often imposed from external authority. Adam is committed to restoring the subversive edge to contemporary versions of psychoanalysis, opening up new emancipatory possibilities.


Regarding today’s conference, I want to thank our four panelists and the lively engagement of the audience. To me, we reached a rather high level of discourse, raising incisive questions, maintaining civility, respect, collegiality, and kindness. This is a major achievement, given that all four psychoanalytic institutes were present and a spirit of solidarity prevailed over partisanship or parochialism. It was a welcome antidote to a climate of divisiveness and hatred in American culture today. Those in attendance were aware of this. The conference was jokingly referred to as a “wedding,” and in some ways it felt like a happy marriage of the four institutes, thanks to Adam. Whatever one thinks about this conference, it was NOT boring.


One key sub-text of the week was the attempt to fashion an ethics of psychoanalysis. We could easily have one, two, maybe ten conferences on this topic. Adam appeals to those of us who are anti-essentialists and opposed to narrow-minded dogmatism and facile deterministic thinking. I experienced a transference to Adam in terms of revitalizing my desire to read more carefully, not necessarily to read more, but to be more alert to the latencies and unconscious echoes in written works. Being around Adam made me want to write again. And we need more members of our community who are willing to write, to contribute to the literature, and to participate in creative aspects of the wider culture.


Throughout the week, Adam posed two fundamental questions: what kind of person do you want to be? And what makes life worth living? Obviously, there are no simple answers to these elusive questions in a secular culture, mostly subjective and idiosyncratic ones. The questions humble. Since we analysts may not have an answer, we ought not to presume we know them for either our patients, our children, or for the individuals we teach and supervise.


Lastly, for me this week reaffirmed my love of psychoanalytic theory and practice, and my love for the psychoanalytic vocation. I also found Adam’s presence to be a form of therapy for the psychoanalytic profession.


In today’s paper the conjunction “and” is the key concept in Adam’s paper. It is twice repeated in the title of his paper. It is additive and improvisational and linking and relational. I want to conclude by expressing my genuine gratitude to Adam by asking: And when are you returning to Los Angeles and to NCP?


David James Fisher, PhD


Dr. Fisher is a practicing psychoanalyst and a European cultural and intellectual historian. He has published a piece on transitional objects and transitional space “Transitions and Generativity: Ekstein On Erikson and Winnicott”, April 21, 2015.

Posted: 11/5/2017
Comments on Adam Phillips's "Conversion Hysteria: Believe it or Not"

Stoller Memorial Lecture, New Center for Psychoanalysis

October 26, 2017

By David James Fisher, PhD

This is a brilliant paper, evocative, brimming with ideas, full of surprises, illuminating about its main theme of conversion—identification—and ultimately subversive of many received ideas in the psychoanalytic canon. Like the best of Adam Phillips’s essays, this one stimulates thought, and provokes self-reflection, promoting conversation.

Adam Phillips privileges surprise and not knowing over conversion and definitive forms of knowing. Psychoanalysis, he argues, ought not to be a conversion therapy. He advances a playful view of skepticism as a way of countering conversion (identification). Psychoanalysis ought to be used by the patient and analyst pragmatically, that is, by making it useful to the patient through promoting experimentation. Skepticism becomes a way of constructively resisting other people’s definitive beliefs and formulas for how one ought to live. Phillips advances a form of skepticism about one’s parents, experts, teachers, or other authorities including psychoanalysts who presume to know what is best for us. To read Phillips is to mobilize against uncritical forms of compliance, to mobilize spontaneity and authenticity against automatic pathological accommodation.

Consistent with the essay form, Phillips’s paper is strong in asking but not resolving subtle but significant questions. The point is not simply to raise questions about questions, or within questions, but to open up our systems of thinking, ultimately to stimulate reflection.

Phillips’s critique of identification and its vicissitudes could have benefitted from reference to and discussion of Ralph Greenson’s seminal 1968 article, “Disidentifying with the Mother.”

I read the passages on Socrates as an analogy to understanding the goals and attitudes of the good-enough analyst. The analyst can be an inspiring object of identification, can participate in and co-create with the patient, life-enhancing forms of identifications. The task of analysis, then, is to facilitate a maturational process where the patient becomes himself or herself, encouraging her to become rational, alive, and real in her own way and in her own time and own space. In this sense, the analyst ought not to impinge on the patient in terms of his supposed knowledge of what the patient ought to be, or how the patient ought to change. The figure of Socrates becomes one of the analyst as a transformational object, in ways outlined by Christopher Bollas.

I want to express my gratitude to Adam Phillips for his passages on Arnold Cooper and Robert Stoller. Both authors questioned the normative narratives about sexuality, broadening the scope of psychoanalytic inquiry and treatment. Both understood the role of hostility as part of the deep structure of perversion. Psychoanalysis for Stoller in particular was above all the analysis of conscious and unconscious fantasy, including destructive fantasies of revenge, triumph, and sadistic domination. Tonight’s Stoller Lecture is the best way to keep Stoller’s work alive, sustaining the vitality of his method. In short, the best way to keep Stoller’s work relevant to the contemporary conversation is to read him carefully and to offer up an intelligent and well-informed critique.


Posted: 10/16/2017
Save the date! Joseph Sandler Psychoanalytic Research Conference 2018



 Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6

Where: The Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,4661 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles

The conference language will be English. Registration starts December 1. Info:




Posted: 10/11/2017
Adam Phillips: NCP's Master Clinician in Residence (October 23-28)

By David James Fisher, PhD


NCP is proud to announce the visit of Adam Phillips as our first Master Clinician in Residence this fall from October 23-28. He is one of the most versatile and distinguished of contemporary psychoanalytic writers, with a unique capacity to appeal to clinical specialists and an educated lay public.


He has published eighteen books and is the general editor of the Penguin edition of new translations of Freud’s works into English. He has written an intellectual biography of Winnicott, critically evaluating some of his central clinical ideas, including transitional objects
and phenomena, true and false self, and Winnicott’s playful style of interacting with
his patients and offering interpretations.


His biography of Freud, Becoming Freud, summarizes and evaluates the centrality of Freud’s lived experience as a parent in the project of developing his theories of psycho-sexuality, while synthesizing Freud’s magisterial writings in his early works.


In On Kindness, his cultural history of the concept of kindness, Phillips argues for a compassionate, empathic, and nonsentimental form of fellow feeling in the contemporary world as an antidote to more selfish, cynical, and power driven concepts of being. His book of aphorisms, Monogamy, provocatively contrasts monogamy and infidelity in the face of the
disruptive and insatiable forms of erotic desire in the formation of the couple.

Phillips' other essay-books explore the points of convergence of psychoanalysis and
literary, historical, philosophical, and clinical issues; among the most popular of
these essay are Unforbidden Pleasures, On Going Sane, Promises, Promises, and On
Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored
. His most recent book, In Writing, explores the
interrelationship of psychoanalysis and literature.


In his visit to NCP from October 23-28, Mr. Phillips will be interacting with our candidates, faculty, institute members, and interested members of the Southern California therapeutic community. He will be participating in conversations with our group, engaging in a discussion on Psychoanalysis and Literature, teaching clinical seminars to our candidates, available for private supervision, discussing aspects of psychoanalytic education, presenting a Stoller
Memorial Lecture on “Conversion Hysteria,” and headlining an all day conference at
Shutters Hotel in Santa Monica on “Winnicott and the British Independent School.”


We are hoping that Phillips presence at NCP will create a bridge between our
psychoanalytic school and the Middle School in London, stimulate substantive
dialogues, and highlight the vitality of the psychoanalytic enterprise both locally and

Posted: 4/20/2017
Natives, Aliens and Immigrants: New Perspectives on Trauma in Adults and Children


May 18 and 20, 2017


Trauma, flight and migration have become signatures of our time. Our esteemed presenters are psychoanalysts and researchers from Germany with firsthand experience of the current refugee crisis. They present on the theoretical and clinical aspects of trauma and its influence on society, individuals and families, addressing the psychological processes of exclusion and violence, the embodiment of trauma, and transgenerational transmission of trauma. The presenters emphasize that psychoanalysis as the science of the unconscious makes a specific contribution to the understanding and treatment of trauma.


Thursday, May 18, 2017, 8:00 - 10:00 PM


Presenter: Werner Bohleber, Ph.D.
New Ways to Deal with Trauma

Conceptualizing traumatic phenomena can be complex and difficult. Sudden intrusions of traumatic memories can further mental integration and the discovery of meaning but at the same time disrupt and overwhelm the patient. Different treatment approaches are discussed, specific strategies of interpretation described, and particular attention paid to enactments in the treatment.


Presenter: Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Ph.D.
Embodiment and Trauma from a Clinical Perspective: Psychoanalysis with a Severely Traumatized Patient

The presenter addresses the successive analytical process of understanding “embodied memories” and their “working through” in the analytic relationship. This allows traumatized patients to better integrate dissociative states, fragmentations of the self and internal objects. Clinical material is utilized to illustrate the process.


$20 with 2 CE/CME credits
Free attendance without CE/CME credit


Saturday, May 20, 2017


9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Brunch in the Garden
11:15 AM - 4:00 PM Program: Natives, Aliens and Immigrants
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Wine & Cheese Reception


The Native and the Alien: Psychological Processes of Exclusion and Violence
Presenter: Werner Bohleber, Ph.D.
The presenter describes the pathological processes of exclusion of the Other in individual psychic development, as well as on a collective social level. Globalization and the new refugee crisis in Europe have brought up political and social debates, a renaissance of the national and a revival of ethnic thinking. Psychoanalysis makes a significant contribution toward an understanding of the deep roots of identity politics in the human psyche.


Immigrants as Aliens: The Step-by-Step Project for Immigrant Children
Presenter: Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Ph.D.
The presenter discusses a pilot project for supporting refugees in a first-arrival institution called “Michaelisdorf” (refugee village) in Darmstadt, Germany. Based on psychoanalytic understanding of trauma and developmental theories, each person is treated as an individual, including understanding their unconscious fantasies, conflicts and trauma history. Video clips are presented of her work.

Pre-registration: $95 with 4 CE/CME credits (Brunch and Reception included)
Registration at the Door: $115
Student rate: $35


Posted: 4/3/2017
Slavery's Shadow: Racism in the American Psyche, Part II


Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Presented by NCP Film & Mind Program with Veronica D. Abney, Ph.D., & Jeffrey Prager, Ph.D.

Pre-registration by 4/6/17: $75.00

Admission at the Event: $85.00

Student Rate: $35.00

Two 2016 documentary films, 13th and I Am Not Your Negro, offer stimulating opportunity for both formal and facilitated audience discussion of racism in the American psyche today. 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma, Queen Sugar), focuses on race in the United States criminal justice system. The film speaks to the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to outlaw slavery. Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro presents a political statement and probes the mind of James Baldwin, a notable 20th century writer and social critic. It portrays both an unusual and striking cinematic biography with a specific mission of showing America through the eyes of an African American, scattering shreds of hope amid horror, exasperation and disgust. Excerpts of both films will inform the discussion of speakers and audience.


Veronica Abney will present a paper entitled, "So Much for a Post-Racial America." Slavery's shadow remains in place because America is still not ready to face its crime, apologize to the ancestors of slaves and make reparations. This paper will look at the continuing legacy of slavery for black Americans and why the divide between blacks and whites remains as suggested in the films 13th and I Am Not Your Negro.


Jeffrey Prager will present a paper entitled, "Racism, Reparations and the White Mind: A Psychoanalytic Perspective,” on American racism as a politics of anti-love intended to fend off feelings of remorse, guilt, apology and reconciliation. This is an exploration of the white mind, a critical contributor throughout America's history to white domination and black subordination. What might a politics of love look like in a new epoch of antagonism and disavowal of racism?


Thomas Brod and Apurva Shah will facilitate a discussion with the audience.


Learning Objectives


As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:


• Increase competency and insight in relating to patients/clients from diverse populations

• Explore the range of psychodynamics of racism such as projection, splitting, dehumanization, rage, resentment, and compliance/defiance

• Identify the influence of intergenerational transmission of “race” consciousness on members of diverse groups

• Recognize how film can reinforce or break racial stereotypes in the American psyche

• Apply increased awareness of racism and power dynamics in the patient and the therapist




Veronica D. Abney, Ph.D., an ICP training and supervising analyst in private practice in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, was the 2015-16 Co-President of ICP. Her clinical expertise is in the treatment of child, adolescent and adult survivors of childhood sexual trauma. Her research interest is the history of African American Psychoanalysts in the United States.


Jeffrey Prager, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology at UCLA, former Co-Dean and a Training and Supervising Analyst at NCP, and maintains a private practice in Beverly Hills. He has been teaching and writing on American race relations for many years, including Melancholia and the Racial Order: A Psychosocial Analysis of America's Enduring Racism, presented at NCP’s Slavery’s Shadow program in February 2015.


Organized and Facilitated by:


Thomas Brod, M.D., Co-Director of the NCP Film and Mind Series, is Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Geffen UCLA School of Medicine, and Senior Faculty, New Center for Psychoanalysis. His private practice is in West Los Angeles.

Apurva Shah, M.D., is a child and adult psychiatrist practicing in Palmdale and an Associate member of NCP. He is co-director of the NCP Film and Mind Series. He is Director and Faculty at the Antarnad Foundation, a psychoanalytic psychotherapy training program in Ahmedabad, India.


3.5 CE Credits


PARKING: Limited parking is available behind the NCP building with entry on Beloit Ave.


Posted: 3/23/2017
Dreams and Nightmares of Children

Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:30 AM – 12: 30 PM


Dreams and nightmares of children often represent the growing ego's encounter with intra-psychic anxieties, conflicts and developmental demands and/or reactions to the external (familial and sociocultural) contexts of the child's life. For example, the monster in the nightmare of a young child might represent the necessity to face the inner "monstrosity" in one child's psyche, whereas a similar monster in another child's dream could be reflecting disturbing conditions of this child's life or even a creative combination of the two.


The value of understanding the meanings of the personal purposes, affects, images and symbols in the dreams and nightmares of children as part of the psychotherapeutic process are the topic of exploration. A panel comprised of discussants from various schools of psychoanalysis and thus different clinical approaches comment on a case presentation that includes dreams of a child.


Learning Objectives


As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:


· Demonstrate understanding of symbolic language in children's dreams.

· Identify transference imagery that appears in dreams

· Recognize developmental crises in children's dreams

· Describe the compensatory dynamics in children's dreams

· Identify complementary dynamics in children's dreams.

· Identify family dynamics in children's dreams.

· Explain the value and purpose of understanding dreams in the treatment process


Van DeGolia, M.D., is Co-Dean of Training, former Chair of the Child Psychoanalytic Program and Training and Supervising Analyst at NCP. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and in private practice in Brentwood.


Susan Donner, M.D., is the current Chair of the Child Psychoanalytic Program, training and supervising analyst and child supervising analyst at NCP. She is Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and is in private practice in Woodland Hills.


Jeanette Gadt, Ph.D., is the current Chair of ICAPP (Infant, Child and Adolescent Training Program), training and supervising analyst and child supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California. She is a former dean and professor at California Institute of the Arts and has a private practice in West Los Angeles.


Robert Moradi, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and Emeritus Psychiatrist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was former Training Director of Child and Family Psychiatry at Thalians. He currently teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, Reiss-Davis Graduate Center and NCP. He is in private practice in Santa Monica.


Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:30 AM – 12: 30 PM – 3 CE Credits

$55 Pre-registration, $30 Student Rate, $65 at the door

Posted: 2/9/2017
NCP Open House: The Journey of Becoming a Psychoanalyst and Developing a Psychoanalytic Mind


Sunday, March 19, 2017


3:30 - 6:30 p.m. 


Claudia Feldman, Ph.D., Clinical Associate
Jill Model Barth, Ph.D., Training Analyst


Program Information and Q&A Sessions


* Meet NCP's Esteemed Deans, Directors and Faculty
* Mingle With Our Current Clinical Associates and Psychotherapy Students
* Gain an Understanding of NCP's Classic-to-Contemporary Approach
* Learn About Our Psychoanalytic Training and Our Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Programs
* Sign Up for NCP's Mailing List and Learn About Upcoming Events


And Join Us for a Buffet Supper!


There is no fee for this event; however, RSVPs are required.
To do so, CLICK HERE

or call 310.478.6541 Ext. 10


Street parking is available. Limited parking in the rear of the building (off Beloit Ave.).


The mission of the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP) is to provide excellence in the training and professional development of psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and academicians in the varied theories and practice of psychoanalysis which explore the mind, human behavior and relationships in all their depth and complexities. We recognize the benefit of integrating multiple schools of psychoanalytic thought and are committed to maintaining a vibrant pluralistic focus. We endeavor to both support the field and serve society by applying these ideas to meet the needs of the individual, the family, and the local community.


In Southern California, the New Center is uniquely privileged to be a member of both the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA).


Posted: 3/3/2016
The Saks Institute announces 2016 Spring Symposium


The Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics and
USC Media Institute for Social Change 

Spring Symposium 2016

Mental Illness and Cinema


Wednesday, April 20, 2016
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tommy's Place
Tutor Campus Center
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California


Follow this link to hear  Elyn Saks talk about the inspiration and purpose for the work of the Saks Institute at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.



Posted: 3/1/2016
The New Center for Psychoanalysis' March 17, 2016 Scientific Meeting explores Psychoanalysis and Behavioral Economics

 On Thursday, March 17th Leslie Shaw, PhD, MBA is presenting Psychoanalysis and Behavioral Economics: An Integration for Enhanced Understanding at the New Center for Psychoanalysis at 2014 Sawtelle Blvd in West LA.

The presentation offers an unequivocal analysis of how behavioral economics relates to psychoanalysis. It argues that behavioral economics leaves unanswered the fundamental issues of a unified human being who enacts meaning. Understanding unconscious mental energy as inherently unstable offers productive insight for contemporary economics efforts to alleviate market instabilities. Dr. Shaw has an MBA and PhD from the University of Chicago. Full information and registration page can be found at the NCP website Those registering at the event on March 17, 2016 are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early.

Learning Objectives
 upon completion of this program, participants should be able to
• Compare the explicit and significant differences between the mental System 1, System 2 of behavioral economics   versus the unconscious and conscious of psychoanalysis
• Compare what Freud’s earliest work as a cognitive neuro-physiologist, which culminated in his unpublished Project for a Scientific Psychology (1885), has in common with Behavioral Economic Loss Aversion Theory
• Compare and contrast how and why the most recent financial crisis is moving economics to recognize a relationship between the imminence of unstable human being and the unforeseen darker corners of financial markets
Thursday March 17, 2016
8 PM – 10 PM
Free attendance
$20 with 2 CE/CME

Posted: 3/1/2016
Noted Psychoanalyst and Professor of Neuropsychology is the 2016 Franz Alexander Lecturer

 The New Center for Psychoanalysis is pleased to announce that noted psychoanalyst and professor of Neuropsychology, Mark Solms is presenting the Franz Alexander Lecture at the New Center for Psychoanalysis on Friday, April 29, 2016. His lecture addresses the psychoanalytic, neuroscientific and philosophical issues raised by its title "What Is a Mind?"

Dr. Solms is best known for his discovery of the forebrain mechanisms of dreaming, and for his pioneering integration of psychoanalytic theories and methods with those of modern neuroscience. Currently he is the Research Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association, Chair of Neuropsychology at University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital (Departments of Psychology and Neurology) and Director of the Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis at New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NYPSI).  Other current positions include Director of the Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation in New York, a Trustee of the Neuropsychoanalysis Fund in London, and Director of the Neuropsychoanalysis Trust in Cape Town. He is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and the South African Psychoanalytical Association of which he is President.
Solms has published widely in both neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals and has authored numerous books including The Brain and the Inner World: An Introduction to the Neuroscience of the Subjective Experience.
Please mark your calendar, register for the Franz Alexander lecture and check out the interview with Dr. Solms

Posted: 7/23/2015

"The Loving Self" by Dr. Joeseph Natterson--A Review by Arsalan Malik, MD

The following review appeared in the July 2015 issue ofSouthern California Psychiatrist
Volume 63, Number 11

Is Love All You Need? A Review of Joseph Natterson’s “The Loving Self” by Arsalan Malik, MD 

Psychotherapy is a labor of love. This is a trope as old as psychoanalysis itself. Freud himself famously wrote in a letter to Jung that psychoanalysis is “essentially a cure through love.” So, what do these analysts from Freud to Natterson mean when they use the word “love” in the context of psychotherapy? They don’t mean an erotic or physical love. Nor do they mean verbal flirtation. It’s not the kind of selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing that people often mistake for love but which only uses love for self importance. Nor does it take the form of romantic interchanges, no matter how much either party may so desire.
Dr. Natterson, in his protean way, draws on Jurgen Habermas’ and Axel Honneth’s analysis of love as a “struggle for recognition.” It is in the search for this recognition that human beings relate to each other. Mentally ill or not, we are all primarily motivated by a yearning to be recognized and understood, to “see ourselves in another.” In the intimate transaction of psychotherapy there is a reciprocal searching, in the course of which a mutual and transformative identification occurs for both the therapist and the patient. Seeing oneself in another and the other in oneself is the core of love out of which emerges not only self respect but a respect for others, and their rights. The unfolding of the loving self is thus essentially an intersubjective and eventually a communal phenomenon. This is the scaffolding upon which Dr. Natterson builds his concept of love in the therapeutic situation. What makes the psychotherapeutic situation especially suitable for this unfolding is the searching and “subordinated subjectivity” of the therapist. There is an asymmetery in the patient-therapist relationship that does not exist in a person’s relationships outside therapy. The patient is seeking help and must be able to express his neediness candidly, urgently and clamorously. The therapists subjectivity must be active to the extent that she should be able to identify with the patient’s dependence and vulnerability, his guilt, his shame and his fears, but in a mellow, controlled fashion. The therapists “subordinated subjectivity” in this sense is the gift he brings to the therapy, because he has been there and done that. This subordinated subjectivity, is actively and empathically attuned to the patient’s pain and suffering. The therapist feels with and for the patient but in a way that she can analyse it and use it for the benefit of the patient without being swamped by her own emotions in her identification with the patient.
Dr. Natterson gives some powerful examples of vividly reliving his own childhood relational themes, emotions and images evoked contrapuntally in therapy with certain patients. With the skill of a master composer he is able to momentarily subdue his own pain, long enough to use this relational music to make poignant, intense and “loving” interpretations about his patient’s emotional experiences, making them aware of hidden, neurotically suppressed, and loving aspects of themselves. The psychotherapist’s offering of this love to the patient is what encourages, stimulates and enables the patient to gradually reciprocate in kind. To open up to love. To tolerate love’s anxiety and ambiguity. To risk letting love happen, to experience it, to allow the vulnerability of intimacy. To relinquish control and be more receptive to love. Dr. Natterson also gives clinical examples to emphasize how it is that a person’s immature aggression and inability to reconcile the angry and destructive parts of themselves with their loving self, blocks their willingness to open their hearts, and commit to and care deeply for another. The notion of love as something pure, as a given in social terms, is a sentimental fallacy. We can only love or be kind by an exhaustive, honest, endeavor to acknowledge understand and embrace our aggression. Without that we don’t achieve the synthesis called kindness or love that is the cornerstone of a mature relational life. There is no way to have a “purified love”, or a love free from ambivalence. The trick it is to recognize the ambivalence and achieve a synthesis.
In the end, Dr. Natterson has done a stellar job of articulating in easy, accessible language what we already do intuitively as therapists, whether we are psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, neophyte or experienced therapists. No matter what one’s theoretical orientation, we should all aspire to this way of being with our patients.  

THE LOVING SELF which was e published in March can be downloaded at no cost at (click on link)
Dr. Natterson is a training and supervising analyst and senior faculty at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at UCLA, and Attending Psychiatrist Emeritus Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has authored books and papers on Dreams, The Room of the Therapist's Subjectivity, and Love in Psychotherapy. 

Posted: 6/18/2015
David James Fisher on Arnold Richard's The Crisis of Psychoanalysis


Fisher on Richards’s The Crisis of



Click Here to Read: Restoring the Subversive Edge of Psychoanalysis: A Critique of Arnold Richards’s “The Crisis of Psychoanalysis:  The Danger of  Ideology” by David James Fisher.

Click Here to Read:  The Crisis of Psychoanalysis:  The Danger of  Ideology by Arnold Richards.


These presentations were given at a Scientific meeting at the New Center for Psychoanalysis on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The presentation by Dr. Arnold and Dr. Fisher's comments spurred a lively exchange at this the final Scientific Meeting of NCP's 2014-2015 academic year.

Posted: 5/7/2015
Paradoxes of Identity

On Saturday, April 11th, the New Center for Psychoanalysis hosted an conference on the Paradoxes of Identity at their facilities in West LA. The group of experienced analysts who attended from a variety of psychoanalytic organizations were treated to an informative and stimulating exploration of the complexities of belonging across cultural boundaries.


Dr. Gabriela Mann of Tel-Aviv presented her paper that pictured an Israeli who is trying to solve the riddle of her fragmented identity and heal a ruptured self. Dr. Mann used three vignettes to illustrate  a transformation to a secure experince of belonging. Well-known local analyst Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D. was the discussant. She explored the issues of identity and belonging by jumping back and forth between comments on Dr. Mann's paper and comparisons and associations to American life, especially citing the differences of experience for whites and blacks and their sense of belonging.  


Dr. Mann also presented a paper on Self Psychology Meets Buddhism. Eliane Hary deftly moderated the conference that Martha Slagerman organized. Special thanks go to theLeonard J. Comess Israel Teaching Fund for providing a generous grant to make this program possible.

Posted: 4/14/2015
Richard Tuch, MD, Dean at the New Center for Psychoanalysis is a winner of the Leo Rangell Essay Contest

 The Leo Rangell Professorial Endowment is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014-15 Leo Rangell Essay Contest:


Kelley O'Donnell, UCLA MSTP student, for her essay, "What is the Matter with Psychoanalysis?"


Richard Tuch, MD, Dean of the New Center for Psychoanalysis, for his essay, "An Updated Psychoanalytic Perspective on the Doctor-Patient Relationship"

The winning essays were chosen in a blinded review process by a committee including Dr. Joel Braslow, Professor of History and of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Dr. Jeffrey Prager, Professor of Sociology and Senior Faculty at the New Center for Psychoanalysis; and Dr. Peter Whybrow, Professor and Executive Chair of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.  Drs. Braslow, Prager and Whybrow serve on the Rangell Endowment Steering Committee with Ms. Judith Alley, daughter of Dr. Rangell, and Dr. Bill Resnick, community psychiatrist and President of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Relational Center.

The winning essays will be presented at a workshop co-sponsored by the UCLA Semel Institute and the New Center for Psychoanalysis in the spring of 2015 and will also be posted on the Rangell Endowment website at: .

Posted: 4/14/2015
Dr. Gabriela Mann of Tel-Aviv presented Paradoxes of Identity: Dealing with Complexities of Belonging on Saturday, April 11th at NCP

 Last Saturday, April 11th, the New Center for Psychoanalysis hosted an conference on the Paradoxes of Identity at their facilities in West LA. The group of experienced analysts who attended from a variety of psychoanalytic organizations were treated to an informative and stimulating exploration of the complexities of belonging across cultural boundaries.


Dr. Gabriela Mann of Tel-Aviv presented her paper that pictured an Israeli who is trying to solve the riddle of her fragmented identity and heal a ruptured self. Dr. Mann used three vignettes to illustrate  a transformation to a secure experince of belonging. Well-known local analyst Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D. was the discussant. She explored the issues of identity and belonging by jumping back and forth between comments on Dr. Mann's paper and comparisons and associations to American life, especially citing the differences of experience for whites and blacks and their sense of belonging.  


Dr. Mann also presented a paper on Self Psychology Meets Buddhism. Eliane Hary deftly moderated the conference that Martha Slagerman organized. Special thanks go to the Leonard J. Comess Israel Teaching Fund for providing a generous grant to make this program possible.

Posted: 3/5/2015
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Posted: 11/4/2014
Yale or Jail: Class Struggles in Neoliberal Times


On Sunday, November 9th Lynne Layton,  Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, will speak at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in West LA at 3 PM. This presentation, titled Yale or Jail: Class Struggles in Neoliberal Times, begins by describing clinical work with patients whose lives were marked by parental pressures to rise in class status. Keeping the power dynamics of class difference in mind, Dr. Layton then describes the effects of neoliberalism on different classes and racial groups, focusing particularly on increasing income inequality and anxieties about class status.

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 3-5 PM
Registration:$20. Fee for students, clinical associates, residents and interns:$10
2 CE/CME Credits

New Center for Psychoanalysis is located at 2014 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025




Posted: 10/21/2014
NCP welcomes Abbot Bronstein, PhD to present a clinically important program on Saturday, November 1

What analyst hasn't reflected on how well they are working with patients? Dr. Bronstein in his program "The Analyst as Object in the Patient's and Analyst's Mind--You Are Not the Object You Think You Are" raises the questions: What do analyst's think they do and how does this compare with what they actually do when working with their patients?

He shares case results from Comparative Clinical Methods Research in North America when he presents at the New Center for Psychoanalysis on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9 AM-12 PM.

The second part of the pregram is a public supervision of an analytic case presented  bt Dr. Dahlia Nissan Russ, an NCP faculty member. The participants are invited to offer responses to Dr. Bronstein and Dr. Russ as well as their own observations on how they work with patients.

 Register at the website or call 310-478-6541 x10

Posted: 10/20/2014
Reflective Parenting Program Presents Back-to-Back Trainings

Wendy Denham, PhD and Peggy Matson, MFT are the training facilitators for the Reflective Parenting Program Level 1 Training: Fundamentals being held on Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24 at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. This two-day intensive training is designed for infant mantal health and early childhood specialists and provides a new approach to early interventions with parents based on a theoretical model of cognitive and emotional development emphasizing reflective functioning,  or parental mentalization.

On the Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning, October 25-27, John Grienenberger, PhD provides coding training: Coding the Parent Development Interview (PDI) for reflective functioning (RF) using an adaptation of the Fonagy, Taget, Steele, and Steele coding system.  Participants are trained in the RF coding system, and in the adaptation of this system to PDI transcripts as well ae administration of the PDI.  

For details about either of these  specialized trainings, please contact or 323-275-4805. 

Posted: 2/14/2014
Danielle Knafo presents "Egon Schiele: A Self in Creation"

The haunting work of turn-of-the-century artist Egon Schiele continues to compel and shock viewers today. A contemporary of Freud, he probed the depths of human nature. On Thursday, February 17, 2014, 8pm, at the NCP auditorium in West LA, Dr. Danielle Knafo, author of Egon Schiele: A Self in Creation,  provides valuable insights into Schiele's work from careful examination of his art, diaries and correspondence. Her presentation includes powerful visual examples of his anguished self-images demonstrating how childhood traumas are both exhibited and mastered in his work.

This program is free. Continuing education credits are offered for mental health professionals for $20. Please see details about this program at the Continuing Education section of the website or by calling the New Center for Psychoanalysis 310-478-6541.  

Posted: 2/10/2014
McEwan receives prestigious teaching award

Dr. Stephanie McEwan, a Professional Affiliate of the New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles and a long-term member of the teaching staff in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, has received the "Edith Sabshin National Teaching Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic Education" from the American Psychoanalytic Association. This distinguished award recognizes members of the American Psychoanalytic Association who have made outstanding contributions as educators of individuals who are not candidates in psychoanalytic institutes; including physicians who are completing psychiatric residencies. The award was presented to Dr. McEwan at the 103rd National Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in New York City.

Posted: 2/6/2014
Salman Akhtar to present at the 2014 Inagural John S. Peck, MD, PhD, Distinguished Lecture Series

Saturday, March 22, 2014

9 AM-1 PM at the Skirball Cultural Center


Drawing from personal experience and from his national and international perspective, Dr. Akhtar explores the Mental Pain of Minorities --  the origins and manifestations and social and clinical remediation.This program addresses needless human suffering but ultimately it is about building bridges between polarized groups, developing resilience, and utilizing creativity to find our way forward.




Salman Akhtar, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and Training/Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. Dr. Akhtar is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Psychoanalysts. He ha received numerous awards and has authored or edited more than 30 books on psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis and has published six volumes of poetry in English and Urdu.
The John S. Peck, M.D., Ph.D. Distinguished Lecture Series was established at the New Center for Psychoanalysis to advance the exploration of psychoanalytic ideas of interest to the mental health community and society at large. Dr. Akhtar was chosen as the presenter of the 2014 inaugural program because of his exceptional capacity to communicate with his audience on this important and sensitive topic. 

Posted: 2/3/2014
New Center for Psychoanalysis Was Well Represented at the APsaA Winter Meetings in January

New Center for Psychoanalysis had a number of NCP faculty members involved in this year's meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in New York City. Mel Lansky ran his long-standing discussion group on shame. Linda Goodman oversaw the running of the poster session. Warren Procci delivered a cautionary address drawing our attention to the precarious state of affairs in our field and at APsaA. The work of Jeff Prager was featured at a CORST discussion group and Ethan Grumbach chaired a Senior Analyst Presentation by Charles Parks. Katharine Gould presented clinical material to Anna Ornstein in a discussion group on psychoanalysis with adoptees and Richard Tuch delivered a scientific paper entitled The analyst's way of beingMark Leffert was featured in the meet-the-author session and Estelle Shane chaired two scientific paper presentations. A number of NCP members were actively involved in committee work: Peter Loewenberg on BOPS, Sharon Blum on the program committee, Sandy Landen was actively involved in the Child & Adolescent Congress meetings on Monday and Tuesday.
NCP had seven Clinical Associates from the seminar years attending the meeting. Its group of seven candidates was the largest cohort of candidates represented at the APsaA Candidates Council meeting. They were encouraged to attend both by an APsaA program that awards a cash stipend to Clinical Associates wishing to attend the meeting for the first time, which was graciously supplemented by another stipend made available by the Board of Directors of NCP. Richard Tuch, NCP’s Dean, hosted a dinner for the Clinical Associates on Friday evening of the conference where the Clinical Associates spoke enthusiastically about their ability to participate early in their training and the experience of total immersion.

Posted: 10/29/2013
Limousine Midnight Blue

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 8pm—


On this day, the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination,  NCP presents a one-man show by actor and author Jamey Hecht, “LIMOUSINE, MIDNIGHT BLUE: In Memoriam JFK.”

The script is from Hecht’s book, Limousine, Midnight Blue: Fifty Frames from the Zapruder Film (Red Hen Press, 2009); the live performance is directed by Charles Pasternak, accompanied by a multimedia sight and sound projection. Imagery of the murder and visuals from the verse are offset by footage from presidential interviews and speeches. Epic tradition—i.e., Homer, Dante, Milton—shares the stage with science, religion, and popular culture. Hecht is a classicist, born in 1968, taking advanced training in psychoanalysis at Los Angeles’ New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP). The production will be in NCP’s beautiful facility on Sawtelle Boulevard in West Los Angeles.

Extracted from a series of sonnets on the JFK assassination, the mixed-media show sizzles with dramatic power. Hecht first reacts to the horrific “Zapruder Film” of JFK’s death and then inhabits the spirit of the slain president who meditates on his own life and sudden end.
The assassination is a shared cultural trauma whose impact is still felt. “Psychoanalysis looks beneath the surface and into the depths--both the Inferno of myth, and the Hell of a violent world. Repression--whether in a person or in a whole society--buries intolerable truths, at a terrible cost that can prevent peace, stability, and insight”, explains Hecht.
LIMOUSINE, MIDNIGHT BLUE uses the famous and appalling Zapruder film of JFK’s death as a prism through which to view America and the world. Refracted rays touch on crime and punishment, guilt and responsibility, charisma and love, the dying victim’s experience during the stretched-out seconds of his violation and death, and the dark world of war profiteering, narcotraffic, and deceit where the facts of power determine history.
Friday, November 22, 2013
8 PM
$25 and $15 for Clinical Associates, Interns, Residents and Students
Limited seating, advanced registration is recommended.
Here is a sample of some comments collected after earlier performances:
Bio info on Jamey Hecht PhD: 
A translator of Sophocles and Plato, Hecht has taught world literature at various universities on both coasts, and his poetry and prose have been published in a wide variety of scholarly journals and literary magazines. He earned his Ph.D. in literature at Brandeis University (1995), where he studied poetry with Frank Bidart, Allen Grossman, and Mary Baine Campbell. In 2009, he published Limousine, Midnight Blue, a collection of 50 sonnets inspired by the JFK Assassination.  He is a member of The Porters of Hellsgate company.   He was born in 1968. 
Billy Collins (the popular two-term Poet Laureate of the United States) described the book, Limousine, Midnight Blue this way:
“Ovid himself might have taken notice of this volume. It’s one thing to turn a woman into a tree, another more advanced thing to transform fifty frames of the Zapruder film into as many sonnets. Limousine, Midnight Blue is a radical display of poetry’s ability to freeze time, to catch fugitive-and here, disputed-moments in the amber of form.”

Posted: 8/26/2013
New Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program Offered at NCP


The New Center for Psychoanalysis launches a new Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program (CAPPP)

This two-year Clinical Training Program is designed for working child and/or adolescent mental health therapists to increase their professional competence to become more effective in dealing with the everyday challenges faced in their practice.f unny pictures
·         Learn from accomplished faculty
·         Expand and enrich your knowledge of developmental psychoanalytic theory 
·         Learn techniques to develop and maintain effective treatment alliance with parents
·         Better understand and treat the complex environmental, interpersonal and intra-psychic factors that contribute to psychopathology funny images 
A certificate of completion is awarded after the successful completion of the coursework. The program meets one morning a week, includes bi-monthly consultation on child/adolescent cases and offers coursework approved for 16 CE credits per year.  Scholarships are available. funny photos
Interested in finding out more about this innovative program?
Contact: Van Dyke De Golia, MD,    310-826-1915 or
               Katharine Gould, LCSW,   310-451-9999


Posted: 8/26/2013
Pre-registration for Otto Kernberg at the Skirball on Saturday, Sept 7, 2013 closes on August 31st

The New Center for Psychoanalysis and the Wright Institute Los Angeles Alumni Association are pleased to welcome Otto Kernberg, MD to Los Angeles to present New Developments in the Treatment of Severe Personality Disorders on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Skirball Cultural Center. Dr. Kernberg will talk about working with patients diagnosed with Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders and then outline Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) and new developments in this technical approach.

Dr. Kernberg is Director of the Personality Disorders Institute at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division and Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College. He is also training and Supervising Analyst of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic training and Research. Dr. Kernberg is Past-President of the International Psychoanalytic Association.


Pre-registration $85 (received by 8/31/13); Day of event registration $95

To Register:


Posted: 8/1/2013
Scholarships are now available for the Two-Year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program

New Center for Psychoanalysis announced that scholarships for the two-year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Certificate Program are now available for students based on need. Students may request an application for a scholarship  when they apply for the program.

The Program brochure is attached and click here for an application.
The Two-Year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of clinicians
·         Understand key psychoanalytic concepts
·         Engage in weekly group supervision
·         Become adept at assessment & treatment
·         Elevate your professional confidence
·         Enrich your clinical practice
Want to hear what a recent graduate had to say about the program?
Click this link:

Posted: 4/22/2013
Comments on Adult Consciousness may be present in infants' minds

I think we have to consider that brain development, although related to experience, is not equal to it. We still have to try to imagine what the baby experiences remembering the difference between us. I would prefer a different word than "adult".

Ben Kohn MD
Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst. Former Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in west Los Angeles

Posted: 4/22/2013
Comments on

I think we have to consider that brain development, although related to experience, is not equal to it. We still have to try to imagine what the baby experiences remembering the difference between us. I would prefer a different word than "adult".

Ben Kohn MDPsychiatrist and Psychoanalyst and former Co-Chair of the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Traing Program at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in west los Angeles 

Posted: 3/6/2013

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Posted: 10/9/2012
Gilbert Kliman, MD to present November 3, 2012 on Reflective Network Therapy: Harnessing Small Social Networks in the Preschool Classroom to Treat Autistic and Other Disordered Children


It is well founded that early intervention is a crucial element in the treatment of autistic and severely traumatized children. In this presentation Dr. Gilbert Kliman presents a therapeutic model which can begin in the pre-school classroom. This innovative program is co-sponsored by Los AngelesChild Development Center, Saint John's Child and Family Development Center, and the New Center for Psychoanalysis Child Analytic Program.


Dr. Kliman will outline how to create small group networks with teachers, students, parents and therapists. He shows how therapeutic gains are enhanced by the network as these children develop a heightened capacity to reflect and be empathic with themselves and others. Dr. Kliman punctuates his discussion with videotape of actual sessions in the classroom, paying special attention to the traumatized and the autistic child. Two Executive Directors of the Center for Reflective Parenting, John Grienenberger, Ph.D and Diane Reynolds, M.A., MFT, are the discussants.


Gilbert Kliman, M.D., a Board Certified child psychiatrist and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association is the founder and director of The Children's Psychological Trauma Center. He is the author of over 50 articles and books and has received an International Literary prize for “Responsible Parenthood” as best book concerning well-being of children.


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Posted: 9/28/2012
Workshop on A Dangerous Method II with Andrea Celenza and Muriel Dimen on October 20th


You won't want to miss this all-day workshop Dangerous Method II on sexual boundry crossings led by an outstanding faculty--Andrea Celenza, Muriel Dimen, Joseph Aguayo, Sandra Fenster and Thomas Brod.

With its inherent intimacy, cloistered sessions & risks of sexual boundary violations, psychoanalytic psychotherapy is still a dangerous method for patient & therapist.

This workshop examines circumstances in which sexual violations develop, transference/countertransference dynamics, traumatic sequellae for transgressor & victim, training issues & more. 

You will discover factors that minimize boundry violations and support the therapist in boundry management and this course should satify  continuing education requirements for Ethics. Registation is limited to the first 60 enrollees to support the workshop format. Lunch is provided.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
$115 Pre-registration/$125 Day of Event
$ 65 students, clinical associates, residents, and interns
Lunch is included


Posted: 9/19/2012
Friday Night at the Movies Lecture & Discussion:Melancholia


On September 28, 2012 a massive, rogue planet will do a 'pass by' at NCP, and Carmageddon, the Sequel, will close down the 405 (between the 10 and 101). Let none of these stop you from hearing Psychoanalytic, Jungian and Bionian perspectives on Lars von Trier's 'end of the world' film Melancholia. Sign up on-line:

Our format for this program will be different from usual. Dr. Power will present a lecture illustrated with several long excerpts from the film. Discussion will follow.


Pamela Power, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst practicing in Santa Monica. She is an analyst member of the C G Jung Institute of Los Angeles where she teaches and supervises. She is past clinic director and past director of training at the Institute. She lectures frequently on topics related to the interfacing of psychoanalysis and analytical psychology. 

Posted: 7/6/2012
Elyn Saks Gives a TED Talk


Elyn Saks, a member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis,  just returned from Scotland where she gave a TED talk. Telling of her personal experience with sciziphrena, she provides incredible insight into mental illness and the benefits of compassionate care. Here is the link to the talk:


 Dr. Saks is a lawyer and law professor, author, MacArthur "genius" grant winner and head of USC's Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics. Her book about life as a schizophrenic, "The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness,"  opens the door to the inside story of mental illness. Her courageous personal accounts are helping break down the stigma of mental ilness. 


Posted: 6/20/2012
Low-Cost Psychoanalysis through NCP Clinic

New Center Clinic
As part of its analytic training program, our clinic offers low-cost psychoanalysis to qualified adults, adolescents, and children throughout Southern California (Los Angeles, Pasadena, Long Beach, and Orange County). Psychoanalysis requires a four times a week commitment for at least a year and a half. To learn more about the application process call Lucia Melito, PhD at 310.478.6541, ext. # 17.

Posted: 6/5/2012
Bernard Bail's book The Mother's Signature

 "The Mother's Signature: A Journal of Dreams" is being translated into German and will be available in the fall of 2012 in German. The author, Dr. Bernard Bail, has done groundbreaking work exploring the origins of life and its effects on the individual and this book is the result of years of research. “The Mother’s Signature” details his hypothesis that a child's mind is initially influenced by the state of mind of his or her mother.

 Dr. Ludwig Janus, who is the writer of the introduction to the German edition, has this to say about the book:
“Bernard Bail's book opens the door to the deepest levels of the unconscious by using the understanding and interpretation of dreams in a new way. Bail rediscovers and revives the via regia of psychoanalysis. The book has the originality and power to help to overcome today's crisis of psychoanalysis and to renew and to release the power of psychoanalysis to understand the core region of the human psyche. The book should be basic reading matter for every modern psychoanalyst."
Dr. Ludwig Janus is past president of the International Association of Pre and Peri-Natal Psychology and Medicine. He spoke before this organization at the end of April and to the Berlin Psychoanalytic Society at the end of May where he introduced Dr. Bail's work.
Dr. Bernard Bail is a physician, a psychoanalyst and a training analyst who lives and practices in Beverly Hills, California. He has worked with both patients and analysts for over fifty years. Dr. Bail is an Emeritus member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, the International Psychoanalytical Association and the American Psychoanalytic Association where he chairs the ongoing discussion group “Infant Mental Life and the Dream in Psychoanalysis.” Through his intensive work in the unconscious via the dream, Dr. Bail developed a new paradigm for psychoanalysis centered at the beginning of human life.


Posted: 3/15/2012
The "Talking Cure"...But Is the Body Listening?

The March 15, 2012 Scientific Meeting of the New Center for Psychoanalysis will tackle the subject of Linking Neurobiology and Psychodynamics. For obvious reasons, the “talking cure” has had a deep and pervasive bias toward speech, language and abstract thinking. Since Wilhelm Reich was expelled from the garden of mainstream psychoanalysis, somatic forms of therapy have usually been forced to find alternative homes. As our knowledge of the evolution and function of the brain continues to expand, new ideas and intuitions are emerging about the inextricable connectivity between the mind, brain and body. This presentation will explore a number of findings from cognitive and social neuroscience that may point to a future convergence of Freudian and somatic unconscious.

The Program is from 8 PM-10 PM. Admission is free without continuing education credits and with CE credits the fee is $20. 


Posted: 2/6/2012
The 2012 Franz Alexander Lecturer is Hedda Bolgar, PhD

Dogma and Flexibility in Psychoanalytic Technique is the title of this year's prestigious lecture Franz Alexander Lecture which takes place on Friday evening, March 23, from 8 PM-10PM. The presentation by Dr. Hedda Bolger addresses the life and personality of Franz Alexander as well as his legacy of flexibility in psychoanalytic theory, technique, research and education. Dr. Bolger discusses the issues of the "corrective emotional experience," the analytic frame, and the length of time an analysis should take.  She attempts to answer the question of whether Alexander was ahead of his time or was what he advocated not really psychoanalysis.


Hedda Bolgar, PhD is co-founded the Wright Institute of Los Angeles and its Director Emerita and co-founder of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. At 102 years of age, Dr. Bolgar is a practicing psychoanalyst and in 2011 was named one of two of America's outstanding Oldest Workers. She is an Honorary Member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis.

Posted: 2/6/2012
Glen Gabbard to Speak on the Real Danger of Sexual Boundry Violations Present in Psychotherapy

Dr. Gabbard is the featured speaker at an upcoming program A Dangerous Method: Sexual Boundary Violations Then and Now to be held at the New Center for Psychoanalysis on March 17, 2012 from 9 AM-1:30 PM. Dr. Gabbard provides an overview from his extensive experience studying sexual boundary violations while four psychoanalyst historians address the relationships between Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Sabina Spielrein that occurred at the very beginning of the practice of psychoanalysis. Joseph Aguayo, PhD, Elena Bezzubova, MD, PhD, David James Fisher, PhD, and Peter Loewenberg add the historical details and perspectives that allow a deeper look at the boundary issues under consideration. Thomas Brod, MD is the conference coordinator and moderator.

Posted: 1/11/2012
We sadly announce that Dr. Bernard S. Hellinger has passed away (July 3, 1925-Jan 5, 2012)

Dr. Hellinger was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, who touched deeply the lives of all who knew him; he died January 5, 2012. He practiced more than 50 years in New York, NY, Lexington, KY, and Beverly Hills, CA.  Dr. Hellinger left us in the love and grace that exemplified his life.  He was a lifetime fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis, Sr. Surgeon (Lt. Col.) in the US Public Health Service and a member of the clinical faculty at UCLA. He is survived by loving wife Joan, sons Douglas and James, grandchildren Jason and Michele, niece Skye Van Raalte-Herzog, daughters in-law Valeria and Catherine, among many others who adored him and will miss him greatly.


Born in Brooklyn NY, he was an accomplished athlete and scholar, admired for his keen intellect and exceptional leadership abilities.  He studied at the University of California at Berkeley and completed his MD at the age of 22 from UC San Francisco.  He soon developed a fascination for the study of the mind, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, which became his life-long passion. He trained in psychiatry at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY and later enlisted in the Public Health Service where he rose to Deputy Chief of Psychiatry of the Narcotics Hospital in Lexington, KY. In 1955 he married Joan Van Raalte, the love of his life, and returned to New York to start a family. They followed his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers out West, where Dr. Hellinger began psychoanalytic training at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute (LAPSI) and set up private practice in Beverly Hills. He thrived at LAPSI where he served as Research Director and enriched colleagues with his efforts to bring together the many disciplines that study the mind and brain. He maintained an active affiliation with UCLA, supervising a generation of psychiatrists in the subtleties of the mind and psychotherapeutic technique.


His curiosity and compassion were boundless. He was courageous, impossibly strong, and sensitive.  Friends and family knew him as an extraordinary listener, with penetrating insight, patience, kindness, and humor.  He lived his life in service of others, dedicated to his family, his patients, and all those in need.  He brought out the best in all who had the great fortune to be part of his life.