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Coming December 10th, 2014 :

“Psychoanalysis Through the Lens of Transgender Experience: A Clinician’s Personal Journey”

Presented by: Jack Pula, MD

Reflecting on his personal journey undergoing gender transition while an analytic candidate at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Research, Dr. Pula discusses the often uneasy relationship that psychoanalysis has with gender non-conformity. While in theory trans individuals offer therapists an opportunity to expand their understanding of the subtleties of human experience, psychoanalysis retains many biases that, if unexamined, can lead to destructive counter-therapeutic enactments. Interweaving his own biographical experience and his clinical work with numerous trans adults, Dr. Pula will offer a critique of various psychoanalytic assumptions as well as a practical model for trans-affirmative therapy.

Dr. Jack Pula is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice and a psychoanalytic candidate at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Dr. Pula has given numerous talks in psychiatric and psychoanalytic settings on transgender experience and mental health. He serves as the chairperson of the transgender committee of the Association for Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists (AGLP), on the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Working Group on the Treatment of Gender Dysphoria, is a member of the Committee of Gender and Sexuality of the American Psychoanalytic Association (ApsA), and an active member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH). Dr. Pula combines his experience as a gender and sexual minority, an activist and advocate for disenfranchised populations, with his psychoanalytic education and unusual clinical experiences as patient and doctor, in a way that uniquely informs his thinking about mental health, psychopathology, transgender experience, and his role in helping others.