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White Society Colloquium: The Analyst: Disabled and Enabled by What’s Personal

Date: Jan 18, 2019 8:00 pm

Presenter:  Judith Kantrowitz, PhD

Moderator: Ruth Imber, PhD



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How do we become analysts? I will present the trajectory of my use of my self and my understanding of the mutual influences my patients and I have had on each other over my professional life. Rather than provide a single case example, I will offer a number of brief illustrations reflecting different part of me at different times in my professional life. I will tell you about a loss in my personal life and how this affected me and my patients, how I dealt my loss inside and outside of my analytic work- how it disabled and enabled me.  I have tried to convey my understanding of the analyst’s role in the process of analytic work- conscious decisions about what and what not to reveal, awareness of the inevitability of preconscious and unconscious intrusions, and a commitment to keep the focus on the patients’ needs and conflicts.

Judy L. Kantrowitz, PhD, is training and supervising analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and a Clinical Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.  She is the author of three books, The Patient's Impact on the Analyst (1996); Writing about Patients: Responsibilities, Risks, and Ramifications (2006); and Myths of Termination: What Patients can Teach Psychoanalysts about Endings (2014), as well as papers on the patient-analyst match, outcomes of psychoanalysis and impasses in analysis.  She has served three times on the Editorial Board of JAPA and is currently on the board of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly.  She is in private practice in Brookline, MA.