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The Present in Couples Therapy: Moments of Transformation

  • PPSC 80 5th Avenue, Room 1408 New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

“The Present in Couples Therapy: Moments of Transformation”

Mary-Joan Gerson, PhD

This presentation will describe an approach to couples therapy which integrates psychoanalytic, systemic and attachment theory. I link my approach to the emphasis on therapeutic moments as delineated by the Boston Change Process Group, with a particular focus on implicit knowing and “fittedness”. Three key aspects of this perspective on couples therapy are: 1) unexpected recognition; 2) inextricable linking and 3) the power of mutual healing.

Mary-Joan Gerson, Ph.D., ABPP, is an Adjunct Clinical Professor, Consultant in Psychoanaysis, and has served as the Director of the Advanced Specialization in Couple and Family Therapy at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and Co-Chair of the Pro Bono and Activism Committee. She is a supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and a faculty member at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

An active leader in Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, she was the Founding President of Section VIII, Couple and Family Therapy, as well as the Founding Co-Chair of the Committee on Psychoanalysis and Health Care, and the Committee on Psychoanalysis and Community and received the Division 39 Leadership Award in 2016.

Dr. Gerson has taught, presented nationally and internationally, and published widely on the integration of psychoanalytic, family systemic and attachment theory, as well as how intimate and work relationships affect coping with chronic medical illness. She is the author of many articles and book chapters, as well a full length book, The Embedded Self: An Integrated Psychodynamic and Systemic Perspective on Couple and Family Therapy.

*This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.