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D. W. Winnicott’s Writings & Theories

and Klein-Winnicott Dialectic

7-Week Workshop-Study Group - Please inquire!

          D. W. Winnicott transformed the practice of psychoanalysis, enlarging its scope to understand the developmental progressions, disruptions, and traumas that take place within with the whole, or the leaking container, of the “mother-infant matrix.”  He introduced us to clinical practice with Character Disorders when he spoke of the “False Self” patient.

          In this course Winnicott’s seminal ideas on transitional phenomena and objects, the “subjective object” (precursor to the self object), the phenomenon of “playing,” potential space, the capacity for psychic dialectic, empathy and concern, dream space, analytic space, “object survival,” “the capacity to be alone” will all be discussed.  What is the real nature of “true self” experience, as opposed to the contrived “false” or constructed self?  How do we or do we not manifest it?  How does psychic dialectic begin, and how is it the route of all “intersubjective experience”?

          In teaching Winnicott I always illustrate how Winnicott and his theories were a continual responsive dialectic with his former supervisor and teacher, Melanie Klein.  It is so important to see how Winnicott’s own form of genius and uniqueness widened our clinical perspective into critical areas of developmental thinking that were just beginning to be whispered by Klein (and her followers) in Klein's profound focus on the internal world of psychic fantasy. In this way we avoid the often common pitfall of polarizing Winnicott and Klein.  Winnicott spoke of the therapist's' presence and "environment" in a whole new way, but he did so in a continual response to the thinking of Klein. By seeing him in a dialogue with Klein, we can most value Winnicott because we see that in compensating for Klein's blind spots, and bringing alive the mother-infant matrix as a clinical holding environment, Winnicott's unique perspective as a pediatrician made clinically vivid Klein's beginning forays into "internalization" and mourning as  critical developmental and clinical processes, so that both self integration and self evolution through development could be more deeply understood by all psychological clinicians, as well as by psychoanalysts.  It is only by a dialectic between the ideas of both Klein and Winnicott that we get the full picture of how internalization opens up the capacity to mourn and self integrate, and mourning, in turn, with its full range of clinically expressed aggression, as well as grief, opens up the pathways to contact and connection that allow for the creation of new and more healthy internalizations.  It is in this way that the ego capacities (including Winnicott's “ego relatedness”) organically evolve without the contrived focus on external functioning resorted to by ego psychologists and others.

          Come join us to read, discuss, and listen to case examples related to these fundamental human and clinical phenomenons.


To contact Dr. Kavaler-Adler, please call 212-674-5425 or email DrKavalerAdler@gmail.com.

Office address: 115 East 9th Street, Suite 12P; NYC, 10003


 

***Over 35 years Experience in Psychoanalytic/ Psychodynamic/ Object Relations Psychotherapy with Individuals, Couples, and Groups, while utilizing unique approaches to working with: ***Depression, ***Anxiety & Fears, ***OCD, ***Loss, Grief, & Mourning, ***Self-Sabotage/ Abandonment & Separation, ***Guilt & Shame, ***Trauma & PTSD, ***Relationship & Betrayal Issues, ***Divorce/ Domestic Abuse & Violence, ***Dissociative Disorders, ***Elderly Persons Disorders, ***Gay Lesbian Issues, ***Parenting issues, ***Blocked Creativity, ***Spirituality, ***Personality Disorders & Borderline Personality. ***Supportive therapeutic groups: Self-Sabotage, Fear of Success, & Fear of Envy; Developmental Mourning; and Creative Healing Writing. *** Group supervision for Mental Health practitioners: Utilizing the Object Relations approach in therapy, and Envy issues in personal and professional life of therapists.***Additional modalities utilized: Guided Psychic Visualization, Creative Writing, Life Coaching, and Dance Therapy.

Contact Dr. Kavaler-Adler: call 212-674-5425 or email DrKavalerAdler@gmail.com

 

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