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Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.
—Rainer Maria Rilke

Happy Birthday Sigmund Freud!  Freud with party hat on chair

Sigmund Freud was born on May 6, 1856 in Příbor, a Moravian village in what is now the Czech Republic.

To view a beautiful and informative on-line slide show about Freud’s life, created by the Freud Museum in London in collaboration with the Google Cultural Institute, click click here

Did You Know?

  • The Guardian newspaper just published a piece entitled “Therapy Wars: The Revenge of Freud” by Oliver Burkeman.  “Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch?”  This very thoughtful and insightful piece on the ways that CBT has erroneously been established as superior to psychoanalysis quotes CFS member David Pollens as saying, “What happens in therapy is that people come in asking for help, and then the very next thing they do is they try to stop you helping them. . .How do we help a person when they’ve told you, in one way or another, ‘Don’t help me’? That’s what analytic treatment is about.” To read more and for the link to the Guardian article, click here. To view an interview with David Pollens on the article, click here
  • A recent study conducted by Peter Fonagy and his colleagues and published in the journal World Psychiatry compares patients with depression receiving long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy with several forms of less intensive treatment, such as medication, CBT, supportive counseling (‘treatment as usual’).44% of the people who received long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy did not meet the criteria for depression 42 months after treatment ended. Only 10% of those who received the other forms of treatment had shown full remission of their depression at the 42-month follow up. For more information on this and other studies looking at the effectiveness of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic treatments, go to Effectiveness of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies in the Information Resources drop-down menu.
  • A 2016 study by Mikhail Rabinovich published in the American Journal of Psychology utilized sophisticated statistical methods to analyze multiple studies to show that the analytic treatment of anxiety incorporates a number of empirically supported techniques for amelioration of anxiety, including desensitization.  The author writes: “It is shown that despite the anti-research image of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, its foundations obey evidence-based principles.”  For more information and a link to the paper, go to our Effectiveness of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies section under the heading Comparison of Psychoanalytic with Other Forms of Treatment.

“Courage to Fight Violence Against Women” Conference a Success!

I want to congratulate Paula Ellman, Nancy Goodman and the organizing committee on the outstanding success of The Courage to Fight Violence Against Women this past weekend. Sponsored by the IPA’s Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis and the Contemporary Freudian Society along with the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis and the Baltimore-Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, this extraordinary conference took place at the Katzen Arts Center of American University in Washington.The program encompassed a wide array of perspectives on a difficult and crucially important subject. Psychoanalysts from several countries presented papers; physicians and psychologists described interesting and effective programs designed to document violence against women and intervene in depth with victims. Art, in the form of narrative and documentary film, poetry, and painting (including a psychoanalytic view of works by women artists and a related exhibit at the Katzen Art Museum) added fresh and invaluable insights. There was a shared feeling among attendees that the conference succeeded in illuminating and exploring a difficult topic with an uncommon degree of candor, clarity and depth. Virtually everyone came away very moved and immeasurably more knowledgeable.

Again, congratulations to all involved. We can all be proud that CFS, so ably represented by the conference organizers, was in the forefront of bringing this critically important subject to the professional community and general public.

-Judith Felton, President


The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the CFS has its own website

Our Training Institute has its own dedicated website.  Training is offered in both NYC and in DC. Our trainees come from locations across the East Coast, including Baltimore, Miami, Connecticut, Norfolk and Charlottesville.  Training provides in-depth instruction in multiple theoretical perspectives, including Contemporary Freudian, Contemporary Kleinian, Bionian, Winnicottian and Kohutian.   For more information about training to become a psychoanalyst and other training opportunities, and to learn more about our current candidates and faculty, please visit

Upcoming Events

DC Professional Development Programs

“Atrocities and Atrocity Fantasies: Their Intergenerational Effects”
Presenter: Dr. Volney Gay, Vanderbilt University
Date: September 18, 2016
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Founder’s Hall, American University
Registration coming soon

Annual Ethics Conference
“Ethical Issues when Terror Invades the Consulting Room: An Example from the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks”
Presenters: Dr. Harriet Basseches, Dr. Paula Ellman, and Dr. Nancy Goodman
Date: November 6, 2016
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Founder’s Hall, American University
Registration coming soon

“Who or What is Being Killed in a Terrorist State of Mind?”
Presenter: Dr. Narendra Keval, London
Date: February 12, 2017
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Founder’s Hall, American University
Registration coming soon

Annual Cultural Diversity Program
“Being A Muslim in America”
Presenter: Dr. Farha Abbasi, Michigan State University with panel discussion by CFS
Date: March 9, 2017
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Founder’s Hall, American University
Registration coming soon

2nd Washington Conference on Trauma
“Listening to Trauma: Insights and Actions”
Co-sponsored by the CFS and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Presenters include: Dori Laub, Nancy Goodman, Jessica Stern and M. Gerard Fromm
Date: October 20-22, 2016
Location: Campus of GWU

NY Continuing Education Programs

“Master Clinical Case Conferences for IPA Candidates led by Distinguished London Kleinian Fellows”
Co-sponsored by CFS and IPTAR

Training at our Institute

Learn more about the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the CFS:

  • Advance your professional expertise.
  • Study with a renowned faculty.
  • Prepare for an exceptional practice.

For catalog with course listings and other information in each of our locations, click Washington DC or New York.

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