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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

Put your sorrow into words.  The grief you keep inside you will whisper in your heart until it breaks.
—Shakespeare, Macbeth

We invite you to step into the Virtual Psychoanalytic Museum. . .

The Virtual Psychoanalytic Museum is an on-line center where one can ‘virtually’ stroll through its halls and view exhibits where artists and analysts unite psychoanalysis with poetry, jazz, classical music and photography.  It houses an original, edgy and innovative take on psychoanalysis.  

Enter here: The Virtual Psychoanalytic Museum


Save the Dates: October 17 & 18, 2020

The Contemporary Freudian Society and the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress in the Department of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University explore the effects of TRAUMA through the lens of COMBAT and WAR and COMBAT in LIFE: Understanding and Treating Trauma from a Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Perspective

Location: Bethesda, MD
For more information, please contact Harmon Biddle (

Friday, March 13, 2020 at 12:15pm

Please join us as Joanna Lhulier, PsyD, Presents and Discusses “Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Psychodynamic Community: Encouraging Further Connections”

Co-sponsored by The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis and The Contemporary Freudian Society

River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda
6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD
The following link takes you directly to the registration the WBCP website
Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 1:00pm

Psychoanalyzing Creativity: Transitional Spaces
An interview with painter and psychologist Dana Brotman

Interviewer: Michael Krass, psychoanalyst

Location: Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC


Dana Brotman’s view on her creative process and the role of interdependence between the self and an other in enriching creativity will be explored in interview with Michael Krass. Krass is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who is a training and supervising analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the George Washington University. He has written on the unconscious aspects of creativity and is, himself, a musician and poet.a Brotman, a painter and member of Touchstone Gallery, who is also a psychologist, intended to share an exhibit of her paintings with her close friend as well as her fellow painter and Touchstone Gallery member, Steve Alderton. Tragically, Alderton died quite suddenly this past summer at the age of 67. Even before his untimely death, however, she had been exploring the liminal space between herself and Alderton, a person she considered her “art mother,” a mentor who encouraged and inspired her in her painting. In doing so, she had been experimenting with painting atop his discarded and half-finished paintings, allowing his original colors and textures to bleed through into her work. Since his death, she has continued to explore this combined space, a space created between self and other. She has been doing so by, for example, adding many colors from his palette to her own, even using some of the half-used paint tubes she found in his studio while cleaning it. In thinking about whether it was even possible to show her work with a friend and fellow artist who is no longer present, she delved into the places between the two of them, into the places where, through countless conversations about their art, their minds met, melded and came away with a renewed creative vision. She had to find a way to paint alongside someone who was both not there and there at the same time. As a result, many of the works she has painted for the exhibit seek to remember him to the exhibit’s viewers.

This program will have appeal to artists, art appreciators as well as mental health professionals with an interest in the psychic dimensions of creativity.

***This program is free and open to the public***

For information about Dana Brotman and other Touchstone artists, as well as about current and future exhibits, visit Touchstone Gallery

The SPRING Project

The SPRING Project is an outreach initiative sponsored by the Contemporary Freudian Society.  The Project helps expectant and postpartum mothers and their families who are experiencing mood-related problems during pregnancy and after having a baby.  

  • Psychotherapy options for mothers and their families include individual, couples and parent-infant therapy.
  • Reduced fee psychotherapy is available to ensure access to mental health care for mothers and their families at this critical time.

The SPRING Project – support for pregnancy, raising infants, navigating growth – is operating in the New York, Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD metropolitan areas.  Learn more about the Project at!

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

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

Member News

New releases from CFS members:

Who’s Behind the Couch: The Heart and Mind of the Psychoanalyst

co-edited by Kerry Malawista (with Robert Winer)

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Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma and Body Pain

co-edited by Drs. Paula Ellman and Nancy Goodman

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Stalker, Hacker, Voyeur, Spy: A Psychoanalytic Study of Erotomania, Voyeurism, Surveillance, and Invasions of Privacy

by Dr. Helen Gediman

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