San Francisco Psychoanalytic Student Seminar: Working With Difficult Moments in Psychotherapy

2014 — 2015 San Francisco Psychoanalytic Student Seminars

These seminars are offered as a community service intended to supplement local training with psychoanalytic clinical instruction.   The courses are offered free of charge to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral psychology interns, psychiatry residents, and pre-licensed MFT and social work interns currently in clinical placements.

Title: Working With Difficult Moments in Psychotherapy
Dates: Wednesdays, September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 2014
Time: 07:00pm - 08:30pm
Instructor: Walt Beckman, PhD
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Cost: Free
To Register: Please click here to register online now


This course is intended to help students better understand, and deal more effectively with, difficult clinical encounters. Just as is true for patients, moments occur in apsychotherapy with sufficient emotional intensity as to make it temporarily difficult for the therapist to think. For example, the anxiety of early sessions (in a psychotherapy or in one’s career); when a patient intensely expresses feelings such as anger, directed at the therapist; or when the patient persists in asking personal questions that make the therapist uncomfortable.

Through a process of collaborative thinking and discussion of clinical material we will work to broaden and deepen our ability to grasp what is happening in these stressful moments and how to intervene more effectively. Students are encouraged to bring in their own clinical material.

Walt Beckman, PhD, Advanced Candidate, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis; Private Practice, San Francisco. (415) 931-3384,

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