About the Alliance

Katherine Knowlton, PhD

Katherine Knowlton, PhD, has had a private practice in Seattle for the last thirty years doing psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adult individuals. For the last twenty years she has also led and studied Balint groups, an analytically grounded method which provides integrative empathy practice to enhance therapeutic relationships. The Balint work has included training national and international audiences. Her broad appreciation of psychoanalytic thought rests on the experience of its deep practicality.

Available In-Service Topics

How to Get Unstuck in Therapeutic Relationships: the Use of Balint Groups

This talk and demonstration will introduce people to a gentle method for exploring the complexities that frustrate us in a case. Participants will have the chance to understand transference and countertransference in accessible terms. No previous experience required.

Reinjecting Creativity into Therapy: Loosening up the Therapist and the Therapeutic Relationship without Stretching Boundaries

This talk and demonstration will connect research on the psychology of creativity with the case consultation practice known as a Balint group. Through participating in a group, those who attend will be able to understand the similarity between the emotional work of creativity and that which happens in the therapy hour.

Remoralizing a Demoralized Situation: How to Do Some Good For Yourself and Others

This talk and demonstration will connect the research on adult development in the ethic of care with the treatment of a difficult case. The case material will be provided by participants, who will have the chance to practice the consultation discipline known as a Balint group.

Katherine is also available for consultation.