Education & Events

Annual Mentoring Groups

Mentoring Groups

Elana Kupor

1st and 3rd Fridays, 9:00-10:30 AM / Starting January 21st

Via Zoom

Capacity: 6

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Michael Allison

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM / Starting January 11th

Via Zoom

Capacity: 5 (Filled as of 12/10. To be added to the waitlist email mentoringgroupapplication@gmail.com)

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The Alliance offers formal mentoring groups as a benefit to Alliance members who are in their first 10 years of clinical practice in the field of psychotherapy. The primary objective of Alliance Mentoring Groups program is to nurture participants towards becoming analytically wise clinicians of good judgement. Experienced therapists and psychoanalysts in the NWAPS community mentor small groups of 4-8 participants. Those who join a mentor group can expect clinical discussions; exploration of psychoanalytic theory and frame;  the facilitation of collegial connectedness; entrée to the broader Alliance community and its programs; and the possible consideration of the pressing concerns of our times - such as dismantling institutional racism, confronting climate reality, or expanding our understanding of gender identity & expression – as they relate to or implicate the psychoanalytic tradition and the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Mentors and participants both consent to engage in a process oriented, collaborative experience that will be, at times, full of mystery, uncertainty, and potentially transformative.

We recognize that the mentoring program is entrenched in explicit and implicit bias that serves to keep the study of psychoanalysis exclusive for a privileged group and exclusionary especially towards people who are part of the BIPOC communities, LGBTQIA communities, those with disabilities, and people with learning differences. Our program’s internal emphasis on the ethics of mutual aid in leadership, and our adoption of a heuristic approach to problem solving through practice and the building of experience, rather than the dissemination of knowledge based in pre-ordained answers, aims to create an environment where we can continually encounter and challenge such biases. We encourage all mentors, volunteers and participants who register to enter into this environment with a sincere desire to take up this work alongside us. 

Mentoring groups that begin in the fall are a nine-month commitment. Winter start groups have a shorter run of 10 sessions in total. The upcoming Winter term begins in January 2022 and will conclude in June 2022. Each group meets for 1.5 hours twice monthly. 

In addition to holding a current Alliance membership (variable fee structure: student/pre-licensure, or full licensure available for membership application), a $60 registration fee for a 10 session Winter group is required to help sustain the program.

The mentoring group administrative team can be reached at mentoringgroupapplication@gmail.com.

The mentoring clinicians offering groups in our current 2021-2022 program year include the following:

Elana Kupor

1st and 3rd Fridays, 9:00-10:30 AM / Starting January 21st

Via Zoom

Capacity: 6

After graduating from Antioch University Seattle in 2007 with a MA in Psychology, I worked for 5 years as a case manager at the Aloha Inn, a resident-managed transitional housing program for homeless adults in Seattle. In 2013, I opened a full-time private psychotherapy practice in the Wallingford neighborhood.

 
My areas of focus include eating and body issues; issues relating to hearing loss; and couples therapy. I have completed two years of training with Dr. Stan Tatkin in the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy, or PACT. 

 

I was born with a sensorineural hearing loss and I was mainstreamed in school. As someone who can “pass” as “normal”, I am interested in people’s experiences with bias in our society—both conscious and unconscious. In 2021, I was chosen to be a plenary speaker at the NWAPS Annual Forum, and I presented a paper on this subject. 
 

In addition to case consultation and peer support, I hope to make room in the mentoring group to discuss how we, as psychotherapists, grapple with larger issues such as social and political inequity, grief and mortality, and the climate crisis.

Michael Allison

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM / Starting January 11th

Via Zoom

Capacity: 5

I have been in private practice since 2005 after earlier adventures in film arts and music production. As a therapist, supervisor and mentor, I emphasize the creative, collaborative nature of psychotherapy, and try to highlight the moments where transformational dynamics can be sensed by both patient and therapist. I received my Master’s in mental health counseling from Seattle University, and trained in SPSI’s child and adolescent, and adult psychotherapy programs, where I now co-instruct. I have gravitated towards relational theory throughout my career, and have periodically presented my work through IFPE conferences and the NWAPS Forum. In our group, I hope to help members identify and work with their own feelings, thoughts and sensations of being with a particular patient, as a way of imagining co-constructed experience. 

*Though I intend to begin the group on Zoom, it is my hope that we will have the opportunity to meet in person for some meetings. My office is located in the Blakeley Building, near the University Village.

Robert Bergman, MD

I imagine our covering practical issues in practice building and administration, what to listen for and how, how we express ourselves, issues in working across cultural boundaries and anything else the group wants. 

I have been working as a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst for many decades. In the first ten years of my career I worked with Navajos and other Native Americans. I have taught at the Universities of New Mexico and Washington and at SPSI.  I have been in private practice in Seattle since 1982.

Clare Isaacson, LMHC

I have been in practice for over 35 years, beginning my professional career as an intern at a community mental health center, where I worked for over a decade as a line staff, a program manager and a supervisor.

I have spent the last 25 years building a psychoanalytically-informed private practice, and raising a family. I love the hard work of professional and clinical development, and have long sought out consultation and mentoring as a means to deepen my understanding of psychology, and to strengthen my professional sense of myself.

My training program had a focus on child and family development from a psychodynamic perspective, and I have had a psychoanalytically-trained clinical consultant for the last 20 years. I have completed the Level 1 & Level 2 PACT couple therapy curriculum with Stan Tatkin, and have worked for the last year as a virtual “coach” for therapists who are newly enrolled in the PACT training. I am also an approved supervisor for associates seeking mental health counseling licensure.

This is my fourth year with the Alliance Mentoring Program. As a mentor, I am committed to helping you articulate your therapeutic approach and professional identity with greater confidence. Through discussion of clinical material and case formulation, and with respectful listening and reflection, I hope to foster a deeper appreciation of our internal world, of the psychodynamic process, and of that transformative space between therapist and client. My aim is to infuse our time together, and the work itself, with liveliness, interest and hope.

*Meetings will take place on Zoom, at least through 2021. My hope is that this format will allow greater flexibility for group members, with the option in 2022 to meet in-person at my office in Kenmore.

Carolyn Carlson

Carolyn’s intention is to provide a clinically supportive mentoring group that allows for deep analysis of oneself as a clinician, meaningful feedback from the group as a whole, and a place to receive lasting learning.

Carolyn Carlson is a Psychotherapist in private practice in Seattle. She works analytically with patients from age 4-84. This includes individual adults, couples, families and young folks. Most of the young people in her practice are gender variant, non-binary and trans identified. During undergrad and graduate school Carolyn served the chronically homeless through intense mental health outreach and housing services. Carolyn has participated in Groups and research with John and Julie Gottman that fully informs and supports her work with couples.