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November 2019

Traversing the No Cry Zone: Psychotherapy with Men
– Daniel S. Ellenberg, PhD

Sat November 2, 2019 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
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$100 – $110.00
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Narrative: Male clients often present challenges to psychotherapists. Men are socialized to feel threated by the very nature of the therapeutic process: the language of feelings, the disclosure of vulnerability, and the admission of dependency needs. Male clients’ discomfort with the developing intimacy of a therapy relationship can manifest as early termination, anger at the therapist, unproductive intellectualizing, and other forms of resistance. Yet, emerging theory and research suggests that men can benefit from psychotherapy approaches that incorporate empathy and…

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January 2020

Working in the Eye of the Storm: Helping Families through Separation and Divorce
– Nancy Oleson, PhD

Sat January 18, 2020 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
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$100.00 – $110.00
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Narrative: The time around the decision to separate/divorce is one of intense distress and provides a common reason for people to consult a mental health professional.  Adults and children are often flooded with anger, fear and guilt, and it is very common for the confusion parents experience to lead to actions that harm themselves and their children. However, these are also fertile period for growth and development in which the person’s underlying psychological structures are “softer” and more open to…

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March 2020

Lust, Rage, Chaos and Love: Erotic Transference in Psychotherapy
– Felicia Matto-Shepard, LMFT

Sat March 14, 2020 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
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$100.00 – $110.00

Narrative: While all psychotherapists are trained to understand that “therapy never includes sex,” few feel adequately train in how to navigate sexual content that might emerge in the course of treatment.  And when the sexual content is directed toward the therapist, many feel unprepared to respond. Merely setting boundaries with the patient without exploring the meaning of the erotic transference risks the loss of a vital archetypal energy that could be critical to the patient’s development.  At the same time,…

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May 2020

When Self-Hate is Self-Protection: Understanding Eating Disorders
– Lisa Bograd, MA, MFT

Sat May 9, 2020 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
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$100.00 – $110.00
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Narrative: Eating disorders are very complex disorders that can be very difficult for clinicians to treat both because of the life threatening nature of these disorders as well as the tendency of those afflicted with them to cling desperately to them despite the grave risk they pose to their physical health and emotional wellbeing. But if we really understand what is at stake for these patients in giving up their disorder, if we can appreciate the profound way in which…

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