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LGBTQ Study Group: Dreaming Ourselves Forward

Date: Jun 5, 2019 8:30 pm

The LGBTQ STUDY GROUP of the William Alanson White Institute invites you to a conversation with:


Deborah Sherman, BC-DMT, LMHC

“Dreaming Ourselves Forward”

Wed. June 5, 2019

8:30 - 10:00pm

William Alanson White Institute

20 W. 74 St., Library (2nd Floor)



“If you knew who I really am…” (Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 2019, Vol. 20, No. 1) is about my work as a white lesbian analyst with a white gay male patient who carries a secret feminine self of which he is mortifyingly ashamed.  In the course of the treatment, analyst and patient must find space, both between them and inside each, to enable the patient to address his shame and to develop an authentic gender identity. Discovering, creating and sustaining psychic space in the midst of both current and historical forces of racism, sexism, homophobia and gender policing was of primary importance in this treatment. “Dreaming the culture forward” is something that Taylor Mac, a transgender performance artist and singer speaks a lot about in the context of “hold[ing] the oppressor accountable and lift those at the bottom of the culture up first” (Mac, 2017). This presentation will look at how the patient’s and the analyst’s dreams, fantasies and reverie served to dream them into being and creating a live psychic space within each of them and in the field between.


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Deborah Sherman, BC-DMT, LMHC lives and works in New York City. In addition to maintaining a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, Deborah directs the 1 Year Program for Intensive Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS) where she did her analytic training.  She teaches courses on gender and sexuality, cultural forces shaping subjectivity and the work of WR Bion, at NIP, ICP and IPSS. Deborah does individual supervision as well as supervising a group of staff therapists at ICP’s Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality (PCGS).



$95 for year-long attendance

$15 for one-time attendance


**Pizza and Prosecco will be served.**

**All are welcome to attend.**


For inquiries regarding the LGBTQ Study Group please contact

Esin Egit, Ph.D. (Chair):