“Postpartum Depression and Video Interaction:
A Psychoanalytic View.”
Alexandra Cattaruzza M.S., L.P., FIPA
Friday Night Papers
March 22, 6-8pm
IPTAR, Conference Room
Postpartum depression is a phenomenon that affects ten to forty percent of women worldwide. It is the most common complication of pregnancy and can have profound and long lasting negative consequences for mother and child. This disorder is usually underreported due to the stigma associated with it, and very frequently goes undiagnosed and untreated. It is typically treated with medication, but since the effects of psychotropic drugs are largely unknown, finding effective psychotherapeutic techniques to prevent and treat it is essential. The demands of pregnancy include a reprocessing at a psychic level of the earliest relationships, especially the one with the mother, and shifts in identity, body image and self and object representations, as well as a renegotiation of object relations. Psychoanalytic treatment of postpartum depression presents a challenge to the clinician since there is great variability in its symptomatology, onset and course and there are numerous tasks that need to be accomplished in a short period of time. The use of psychoanalytically informed video microanalysis and intervention, providing feedback and psychoeducation as well as utilizing the EPDS and PBQ to track progress, can be a valuable technique to effect change.
Alexandra Cattaruzza M.S., L.P., FIPA
Alexandra Cattaruzza M.S., L.P., FIPA is a Licensed Psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She is faculty and supervisor in the Child and Adolescent, and Adult Programs at Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and the Program in Psychoanalysis of the Harlem Family institute, as well as supervisor for the clinical center of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She has taught seminars and workshops on the topics of pregnancy, postpartum depression and parent-infant interaction and in 2014 authored a paper entitled “Difficulties in the Treatment of Depression During Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression” published by JICAP. She was co-Chair of Scientific Meetings for MITPP and former Associate Clinical Director of the Harlem Family Institute.
Alexandra is also a Ph.D. candidate at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies and holds a certificate in adult psychoanalysis from the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She is also a graduate of the Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Training Program, joint program between the Contemporary Freudian Society and the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Additionally she holds a Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy from the Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, a certificate in Creative Arts Therapies from New School University and a Diploma in Child Psychological Assessment from Universidad El Bosque. She has a degree in psychology from Universidad de los Andes.
1) Gain an understanding of postpartum depression and its effects on mother and child.
2) Identify the current treatments for postpartum depression.
3) Explain the use of video interaction and how it can help in the treatment of postpartum depression.
Teaching Method: Lecture and Discussion
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