Supervision as a necessary adjunct to therapeutic work
Are you feeling overwhelmed by your work? It is often difficult to allow someone else in on the work we do. Nevertheless, as psychoanalysts and psychotherapists we all need a colleague from the outside to view our work and function as a “third object”. This allows us to become aware of unconscious counter-transference issues that are contributing to a potential impasse. It also provides the “triangular space” needed for the symbolic thinking that has been temporarily lost due to strong projections from our patients. But perhaps most important is that the analyst/therapist be provided with the necessary containment for the strong affects and myriad of projections he/she is dealing with when trying to provide containment for his own patients.
Perhaps you are interested in developing a more Kleinian approach in your work. Due to my specific training and experience, I think I could help you do that. During twenty years of the thirty I spent working abroad as a psychoanalyst, I sought and received intense post-graduate training through frequent supervision, individually and in clinical seminars, with prominent London Kleinians (Herbert Rosenfeld, Ronald Britton, Elizabeth Bott Spillius, and others). Due to my knowledge gained from them, I was then recruited to lead ongoing supervision groups in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Berlin that continued for many years. I can therefore safely say that my expertise is in this field. I would like to pass it on.
Individual and Group Supervision
Individual supervision is of course always an option. Supervision together with another colleague or in a group of up to eight colleagues is an ideal method of learning. You not only have your own cases to learn from, but you also participate in developing understanding of and learning from your colleagues cases.