Back to All Events

Engaging the Extremely Dissociated Mind: Working With Anger, Aggression and Self-Harm

  • PPSC 80 fifth avenue, 14th floor New York, NY 10011 (map)

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs. Lecture will led by Sheldon Itzkowitz, Ph.D., ABPP

In a detailed clinical presentation Dr. Shelly Itzkowitz will discuss his thoughts on dissociation and show a portion of two sessions with a traumatized patient suffering with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Through the use of video, we will be able to see how Shelly engages various dissociated self-states trying to cope with angry and aggressive feelings that were forbidden to be expressed during the patient’s childhood. In the video, Dr. Itzkowitz addresses the patient’s fear of the power of her aggression and her fear of destroying the therapy. Self-destructive thoughts are discussed in the context of two different and unsolicited memories of early childhood abuse. We will have the chance to see how Shelly addresses and engages a dissociated self-state in which the patient believes she is a separate person with a separate body from the Host personality and who wishes that the Host personality would die. We will have a chance to see how Dr. Itzkowitz helps the perpetrating self-state begin to acknowledge that there is only one body, and that she inhabits the same body as the Host.

Dr. Sheldon Itzkowitz is an adjunct clinical associate professor of psychology and clinical consultant at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, Guest Faculty, the Eating Disorders, Compulsions, and Addictions Program of The William Alanson White Institute, and on the teaching and supervisory faculty of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies training program in psychoanalysis. Dr. Itzkowitz is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Perspectives and a former President of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the New York State Psychological Association. He is in full-time practice in Manhattan where he practices psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and provides clinical supervision for mental health practitioners. Dr. Itzkowitz has presented his work with extremely dissociated individuals both nationally and internationally.

To register for this event, please visit-