This lecture will focus on the body as a theater of meaning and how meaning gets to be somaticized and possibly extracted from the body. Some argument will be made in favor of a skilled and detailed observation of the totality of the patient’s presentation in the analytic hour. This may enable clinician and patient to gain insight into the underlying psycho-somatic dramas, transference and countertransference being the medium in which unconscious meaning emerges. The unveiling of hidden or barely formed representations frees up the body from the burden of symptoms and furthers the development of the thinking mind. This theoretical framework is based on Klein, Bion, Meltzer and the contemporary British Object Relations school of psychoanalysis.
Recommended readings are two articles by Catalina Bronstein: (papers provided for those who pre-register)
- Bronstein, C. (2011). On Psychosomatics: The Search for Meaning. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 92(1):173-195.
- Bronstein, C. (2012) Psychosomatics: the role of unconscious phantasy, in Psychosomatics Today – A Psychoanalytic Perspective, Karnac 2010.
About the Presenter:
Robert Oelsner, MD, FIPA is a training and supervising analyst of NPSI and of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. He is a guest faculty of the Child Analytic Training Program of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and a frequent guest of the German Psychoanalytic Society (DPG).
He is the co-author and editor of Transference and Countertransference Today (New Library of Psychoanalysis, 2013) and numerous papers and book chapters in English, Spanish and German. He teaches regularly in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.
Dr. Oelsner trained in the Institute of the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Society and pursued post-graduate training with Betty Joseph, Donald Meltzer and others in the United Kingdom.
He maintains a private practice offering psychoanalysis to children, adolescents, and adults in Seattle where he relocated from Buenos Aires in 2003.