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Treating Medusa
Janis Leventhal, LCSW, FIPA

Friday Night Papers
October 18, 6-8pm
IPTAR, Conference Room

 

 

In this paper I try to understand the body/mind nature of incest and how this desecration of thebody becomes a desecration of the mind. Through the non-verbal medium of the gaze, the patient, a long time participant in an incestuous relationship with her mother, engaged the analyst in a persistent dance of seduction, dominance and fusion. I use an extended metaphorical naming of the patient as Medusa to indicate the intense nature of the counter-transference as well as the analyst’s attempt to try and contain the patient’s wish to repeat the trauma. Numerous contributions from authors such as John Steiner, Thomas Ogden, Donald
Meltzer, Sheldon Bach, Betty Joseph, Sigmund Freud, Masud Khan, as well as literary sources such as Ovid, frame and deepen the understanding of the treatment and why it ended.

Janis Leventhal, LCSW, FIPA
Janis Leventhal, LCSW, FIPA is a member of IPTAR and on faculty at the CAP program there. She is Chair of the Beyond the Basic Curriculum Committee for IPTAR. She also supervises in several programs at IPTAR as well as teaching and supervising at other Institutes in New York. She has a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to
1. understand how incest can structure the mind
2. understand the ensuing struggle to create and maintain an analytic space

Teaching Method: Lecture and Discussion

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