Events

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AMERICAN PSYCHOANALYTIC ASSOCIATION

Thursday, February 15, 2018

9:00 – 12:00 PM
Hilton Hotel, New York, NY
Discussion Group #1

ALTERED STATES OF AWARENESS:  

DREAMING

Fonya Lord Helm, Ph.D., ABPP & Maurine Kelber Kelly, Ph.D., FIPA

Theories of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis often have ignored experiences of altered states of awareness and uncanny communications, and our Discussion Group on Dreaming will provide the opportunity to discuss some of these experiences.

We will provide examples from case material and anecdotal illustrations.   Altered states of awareness that allow knowledge of uncanny information often occur during situations of extreme physical stress, particularly those that are life-threatening, and situations that arouse strong emotion.  Uncanny experiences are commonly reported after losses, during periods of grief and mourning.   As people, we have a longing for comfort and security in something primordial when extreme danger, trauma, or death of a loved one enters our lives.   We also seem to have ways of knowing things that are startling and unexpected, and how we could know is not well understood.

The topic for discussion is dreaming, and we will pay special attention to dreams that may include unexpected and uncanny information occurring through some means of unusual awareness.  We will present some vignettes from clinical work and we hope participants also will present examples.

 


INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOTHERAPY AND PSYCHOANALYSIS

Fellows Program
Saturday, March 10, 2018
2:00 to 4:00 PM
The Saratoga
Washington, DC

DREAM INTERPRETATION

Fonya Lord Helm, Ph.D., ABPP

In this seminar, I will focus on ways to interpret dreams.  Dreams are amazing creations of the mind that enable us to integrate the most important events and feelings that have occurred during the day or week with what we are already carrying with us from previous lived experience.  Examining associations to the dream with the dreamer can lead to discovering new memories of old experiences and what has triggered them in present day experience.   Often the best interpretations come from the dreamer.

Dreams can tell us about our mechanisms for coping with life and some of the ways the conscience can help us know what is best.   Dreams can help us know our deepest feelings when we are unaware of them in our daily life.   Dreams can show us solutions to our problems, and many scientists have made important discoveries with the help of their dreams.


PAST EVENTS

AMERICAN PSYCHOANALYTIC ASSOCIATION

Friday, June 9, 2017

1:30 – 3:30 PM
Hilton Hotel, Austin, TX
Discussion Group #1

ALTERED STATES OF AWARENESS:  

DISSOCIATION

Fonya Lord Helm, Ph.D., ABPP & Maurine Kelber Kelly, Ph.D., FIPA

Theories of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis often have ignored experiences of altered states of awareness and unusual communications, and our Discussion Group on Dissociation will provide the opportunity to discuss some of these experiences.

We will provide a balance of findings from research, case material, and anecdotal illustrations of unusual experiences.   These altered states often occur during situations of extreme physical stress, particularly during life-threatening situations, and other kinds of traumatic experiences. They also are commonly reported after losses, during periods of grief and mourning.   As people, we have a longing for comfort and security in something primordial when extreme danger, trauma, or death of a loved one enters our lives.   We also seem to have ways of knowing things that are startling and unexpected, and how we could know is not well understood.

The continuum of dissociation ranges from very common mild dissociation seen in the usual self-states to the less common dissociation seen in trance states and different personalities or alters.  We will present historical vignettes and we encourage participants to present examples.

INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOTHERAPY AND PSYCHOANALYSIS

Psychoanalytic Training Program
Tuesday, April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 2017
8:00 to 9:15 PM
The Saratoga
Washington, DC

DREAMS

Fonya Lord Helm, Ph.D., ABPP

The major focus of this course is different ways of interpreting dreams and how to use dreams as part of the psychoanalytic process.   The course includes ideas and articles by Freud, Isakower, Reiser, Bergmann, Kohut, Shevrin, Brakel, Helm, Gray, Goldberger, Lothane, and Robbins.

Radio Program – Online Dating and Finding New Relationships
WERA 96.7 FM – LT FM

(Click to hear interview with Dr. Fonya Helm)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

AMERICAN PSYCHOANALYTIC ASSOCIATION

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
9 AM – 11 AM
Waldorf Hotel, New York, NY
Discussion Group #1

ALTERED STATES OF AWARENESS

Fonya Lord Helm, Ph.D.,ABPP & Maurine Kelber Kelly, Ph.D., FIPA

We are planning a seven-year series of two discussion groups each year at the national meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Theories of therapy often have ignored experiences of altered states of awareness and unusual communications, and our discussion group will provide the opportunity to discuss these experiences that create a sense of the ineffable, the spiritual, and the magical world.
We will provide a balance of findings from research, case material, and anecdotal illustrations of unusual experiences. These altered states often occur during situations of extreme physical stress, particularly during life-threatening situations. They also are commonly reported after losses, during periods of grief and mourning. As people, we have a longing for comfort and security in something beyond the concrete and rational when extreme danger, trauma, or death of a loved one enters our lives. We also seem to have ways of knowing things, particularly through dreaming, that are startling and unexpected, and how we could know is not well understood.
Our first discussion group will focus on near-death experiences (NDEs). These unusual experiences can create a numinous experience, enhanced perception, and a sense of connection to the spiritual world. Most NDEs are positive experiences, and they can lead to transformative reorganizations of personality that include greater empathy for other people and greater concern for the community. In some cases, though, they can be upsetting. and all NDEs are riveting experiences that are very important. Previous adjustments to both family life and work will change and psychotherapy and psychoanalysis can help.