Southwest Psychoanalytic Society Presents
David Levit, PhD, ABPP
Relational Psychodynamic Therapy: Working With Tensions In Theoretical and Clinical Realms
April 22, 2017 (9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.); Registration (8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.)
Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Rd.
Dr. Levit will present relational perspectives on psychotherapy with an emphasis on the evolution and expansion in our understanding of the therapeutic process, therapeutic options, and therapeutic action. He will address relational revisions in basic concepts such as transference and countertransference. The foundations of relational perspectives will be presented, drawing upon the contributions of seminal theorists, such as Mitchell, Greenberg, Davies, Hoffman, Bromberg, Aron, Benjamin, etc.
Dr. Levit will not only discuss central ideas about psychotherapy within the relational paradigm, but also examine them in light of more traditional psychodynamic perspectives. For example, the relational emphasis on the therapist’s expressive participation will be considered in light of a more traditional emphasis on analytic restraint. Extensive case material, including process notes from sessions in therapy and psychoanalysis, will be shared in order both to examine theoretical controversies and illustrate relational therapeutic style and sensibilities, especially in encountering our more challenging clinical moments and circumstances.
David Levitt, PhD, ABPP is a Diplomat in Psychoanalysis and in Clinical Psychology. His faculty positions are: Faculty and Supervising Analyst, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP); Co-Founder, CoChair, and Faculty, MIP Postgraduate Fellowship-West; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Tufts Medical School; Adjunct Associate Professor, Smith College School for Social Work. He is a Fellow at the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis, and a Fellow at the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. He is in private practice in Amherst, MA where he provides individual therapy and psychoanalysis for adults and consultation for colleagues.