Director’s Column – Roger Segalla

Roger Segalla, PhD

Roger Segalla, PhD

Why I Love This Institute

I hope you were able to attend last weekend’s conference, “Expanding Self and Relational Capacities: Psychoanalysis as a Developmental Process.” This conference, which was organized by ICP+P’s Psychoanalytic Training Program, was a perfect example of what makes ICP+P such a unique institute – especially when compared to other institutes in the Washington, DC area. This conference featured two wonderfully rich and engaging presentations by Marie Hellinger and Monica Callahan and two compelling discussions by Elizabeth Carr and Sandy Hershberg. Both Marie and Monica  took significant personal risks in inviting the conference participants into complex, emotionally charged, treatments. These presentations came stripped of the kind of theoretical, jargon-filled and distancing language that often serves to protect the analysts from critical judgments of their listeners. These presenters threw these protective measures aside and delivered their presentations with such drama and passion that we the listeners were transported into the center of the emotional turbulence engulfing these difficult treatments.  It was not hard to recognize the courage it took to take these kinds of risks in front of a conference hall packed to capacity.

I believe these two analysts, in part, derive their courage to present this raw and unadorned case material from the culture of safety and empathy that exists in this institute and is evident in the emotional milieu surrounding our conferences. Our members and conference participants recognize and respect the complexity of working with such traumatized individuals who are often treated as “untouchables” by others in the mental health field. These analysts were willing to “lean in” to these wounded souls just when other analysts would retreat to the safety of interpretations that blame the patient and effectively absolve the analyst of any complicity in difficult and messy enactments.  The courageousness of our two analyst presenters and the milieu of emotional safety found in our institute, and at our conferences, is one of those variables that differentiate ICP+P from other institutes, and one of the reasons I love our institute. It is also one of the many reasons why I feel great pride, and humility, in serving as its Director.



Expanding Self and Relational Capacities: Psychoanalysis as a Developmental Process

February 28, 2015

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Note from the Editor – Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, DCSW, CGP

Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, LCSW, CGP

Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, DCSW, CGP

In a recent newsletter (December, 2014), Roger asked us to share our thoughts and feelings about ICP+P. I wrote, “I joined ICP+P to participate in a study group, and I found a community.” As an outsider living in the wilds of Richmond, VA, I have experienced a warm welcome from ICP+P since I joined last summer. David Wyner, LCSW, leader of the Interpersonal Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis Study Group, made time for me in an extremely busy schedule. Martha Blechar Gibbons, PhD, APRN, BC, Associate Director for Member Relations, afforded me the opportunities to serve as a mentor to new members and as Newsletter Editor. Nancy Der, Administrator and Newsletter Managing Editor, herself new to ICP+P, has given me unstinting support in editing the newsletter.

ICP+P offers me the experience of community that I had in New York in the late 90s and early 00s, during my psychoanalytic training and beyond, before my husband, Robin, and I moved to Richmond, so that he could pastor a church there. My heart tells me that I need more of ICP+P and the professional psychoanalytic and group psychotherapy communities of the DC area. So Robin and I are preparing to put our house on the market and move to Greenbelt, MD. Since this decision, ICP+P continues to open up doors. Eleanor Howe, PhD, Associate Director for Administration, sent a mass e-mail to colleagues in Silver Spring to help me find office space, and Marilyn Fuchs, PhD, who is in charge of short courses, has given me the go-ahead to design a course on cultural issues and relational practice in the fall.

What impact has ICP+P had on your life? Let me and Nancy know, and we’ll forward your remarks to Roger. And thank you for all your positive feedback about the newsletter-it means a lot to me.


New Member Introduction – Jack Danielian
Martha Blechar Gibbons, PhD, APRN, BC

Martha Blechar Gibbons, PhD, APRN, BC

Martha Blechar Gibbons, PhD, APRN, BC

Jack Danielian is the first new member to tell me that he joined ICP+P because of his grandchildren! For the past thirteen years Jack has been retired from his career as a psychologist and psychoanalyst. Perhaps I should re-state that… almost retired.  He has been Dean of the American Institute for Psychoanalysis of the Karen Horney Psychoanalytic Center in New York City since 2008, and a Training and Supervising Analyst for that Institute since 1986. In 1992 Jack joined the editorial board of the American Journal of Psychoanalysis.  He will continue to serve in all these positions, commuting as necessary and providing supervision by Skype.

Now back to the grandchildren.  While living in New Hampshire Jack and his wife became grandparents of a girl who is now three months old and a ten month old boy whose parents live in the D.C. area.  Hoping to establish a relationship with these children, Jack and his wife moved to Potomac, Maryland to live with their daughter until they found their own home.  Jack and the ten month old boy have become “good buddies.”

In the late 1980’s Jack met Joe Lichtenberg at a conference focused on Kohut and Karen Horney which convened in New York City.  Learning about ICP+P while still in New Hampshire, Jack discovered that Joe was a founder.  A desire to become active in his new area of residence prompted Jack to contact our institute following the move.

Among his numerous papers and publications, Jack co-authored a book titled, Listening with Purpose: Entry Points into Shame and Narcissistic Vulnerabilities.  According to the preface, this textbook and training manual emphasizes “moment-to-moment nuances of patient and therapist exchanges, thereby highlighting experience-near intervention strategies for creating optimal opportunities for change.”  Currently Jack is involved in developing a follow-up manual that will incorporate an experiential, “hands-on video,” of approximately thirty therapy sessions with actors posing as patients.  This manual will be even more focused on the listening process than the first, as Jack’s emphasis incorporates the reality that, as he states, “Listening in western society has been given a lesser role than it deserves.”  Jack believes that empathic listening is something that can be learned and needs to be included in training programs.  He shares that he was never taught about listening in his own training experiences.  The conflict arises when, as Kohut stated, there is a fear of being thought of as a person who is not “results-oriented.”

While spending time with his ten month old grandson, Jack has observed that the infant speaks in his own language, and listening to him is actually not different than listening to a patient.  When he hears his grandson creating diverse sounds Jack realizes that the infant is referring to something in his own life, although he can’t interpret what that is.  But when Jack repeats the sound the infant responds enthusiastically as if saying, “You’re speaking my language!”

Jack enjoys traveling, and is interested in cross cultural communication and the meaning of culture to each person.  In his words, he has been married for “half a century.”  He used to play sports but now enjoys the role of observer!

On Saturday February 28, 2015 during the ICP+P conference “Expanding Self and Relational Capacities:  Psychoanalysis as a Developmental Process”, Jack presented Rosemary Segalla with a copy of the book that he co-authored with Patricia Gianotti.   Thanks to Jack’s generous gift, the 2012 Jason Aronson publication, Listening with Purpose:  Entry Points into Shame and Narcissistic Vulnerability, will be placed in the library of the ICP+P office and will be available for all of us to read.

You may contact Jack by phone:  (603) 778-8233 or by e-mail:


Annual Conference – Save the Date

Annual Conference, May 2, 2015

NEW Call for Vignettes for Annual Conference on May 2nd, 2015

Highlighting the difficult nature of revealing such personal experiences as eroticized counter/transference, we have decided to request submissions of  anonymous vignettes, to be read aloud by selected readers.  We hope this will encourage people to share emotionally challenging material without having to expose themselves publicly.

Again, we are seeking brief case vignettes that highlight an erotic/ sensual/ sexualized tension between patient and therapist, particularly in which various, genuine therapeutic responses could be adopted.  The vignettes do not need to involve situations in which the encounter went well.

The case vignettes must be short enough to read aloud in 5 minutes or less. Each will be followed by 5 minutes for Dr. Celenza’s response and 10 minutes of audience discussion.  The program committee intends to select 4 vignettes that represent a range of situations.

Please submit your vignette describing the clinical situation by March 15, 2015.  Please forward your case to John Gershefski by mail: 6809 Whittier Blvd. Bethesda, MD 20817, or fax 301-263-1189.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact John at 301-263-1115 or, or the conference chair, Bill Pinney, at, or the Associate Director for Programs, Jen Sermoneta, at

Psychoanalytic Program Live Supervision Session

May 13, 2015
More information and registration

ICP+P Graduation Ceremony

Sunday, May 31, 2015
Mid-morning ceremony followed by a champagne luncheon

Maggiano’s Little Italy
Chevy Chase Pavilion
5333 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20015

Contact Linda Kanefield ( or
Kathy Beck ( for any questions.

Members in the Arts

Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, LCSW, CGP

Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, LCSW, CGP

Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, DCSW, CGP will be appearing in several “bit parts” and in the ensemble of Parade, at the Jewish Community Center of Richmond, VA, March 5 – 15. It is a musical about the lynching of a Jewish man who was wrongfully convicted of murdering a Christian girl in Atlanta in the early 1900s. Go to for more information.

Please submit artwork in JPG or PNG format or announcements of performances to Jonathan Lebolt at or Nancy Der at

News and Notes

  • New Study Group Forming: Psychotherapy with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients
    • Cleveland Park, with ample street parking; one Friday a month at approximately 3:15 pm. Meet to discuss cases and the literature.  Primary text is Trans Bodies, Trans Selves by Laura Erickson-Schroth and Jennifer Finney Boylan.
    • Which Friday in the month and exact meeting time are still to be decided. Contact clinicians: Marge Coffey, LCSW-C,, and Lucy Pugh, PhD,, for questions.
  • Richard A. Chefetz, MD  has written a  new book, Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes: The Fear of Feeling Real by W.W. Norton in their Interpersonal Neurobiology Series.  It was released on March 2nd.  He will give a talk and have a book signing on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Politics & Prose in Washington, DC.
  • Elizabeth T. Haase, PhD is opening a new office in the Burke/Springfield area of Northern Virginia in addition to her DC office at 3000 Connecticut Av., NW, Suite 435, Washington, DC 20008. She is a clinical psychologist and works with many issues but has specialized in the area of grief, trauma, illness and loss for over 35 years. To contact her, please call  (202) 232-7877 or email  at:
  • Shoshanna Ringel, PhD, LCSW-C, in collaboration with Faye Mishna, will be presenting a paper titled: “Developing a Reflective Self in Cyberspace”, at the IARRP conference in Toronto, June 25-28.

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, March 8, 1:00-3:00 pm – Short Course – The Yin and the Yang of Psychoanalytic Transformation: Balancing the Explicit & Implicit Processes That Promote Growth with Elizabeth M. Carr, APRN, MSN, BC at the ICP+P office. SOLD OUT!
  • Saturday, April 11, 9:30 am-12:45 pm – Short Course – Basics of Sex Therapy
    with Deborah Fox, LICSW at the ICP+P office.  SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday, April 26, 1:00-3:00 pm – Short Course – Varieties of Interaction: Self Disclosure & Other Methods of the Analyst’s Use of Self with Rhoda Spindel, MSW, at the ICP+P office.
  • Saturday, May 2, 9:00 am-4:30 pm – 
    2015 Annual Conference ~ The Many Faces of Eros: Countertransference Revelations,
    with Andrea Celenza, PhD

    Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC 20057. Click here to register.
  • Friday, May 22, 10:00 am-1:00 pm – Short Course – Couples with Rachel Miller, PsyD, and Adrienne Simenhoff, MSW, PsyD at the ICP+P office.
  • Sunday, May 31, ICP+P Graduation Ceremony and Luncheon, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5333 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest, Washington, DC 20015.

Bulletin Board

  • Office Sublet/GW Metro – Warm, nicely furnished office near GW Metro available on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and weekends. Please contact Gary Brown at  or 202-256-4357. 
  • Spacious, sunny offices with collegial suite-mates – Beginning immediately, we have sublet availability in our office suite in the historic Anchorage building, steps away from the Dupont Circle North metro stop. The available times are:
    • Mondays from 2PM
    • Tuesdays from 3PM
    • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all day

Please contact Kathy Beck (202)462-0404, if interested.  Thank you.

  • Office to sublet: Old Town Alexandria – one block from the King Street Metro. Handicap accessible in a secure building.  Suite includes two offices, a bathroom, kitchen and waiting room.  One office can be rented on a full or part time basis beginning May 1, 2015. Contact Susan Horne Quatannens, LCSW, 1600 Prince Street, Suite 102, email or telephone, 703-549-1787.
  • Large beautiful office for lease in 2 office psychotherapy suite. Prime location at Connecticut and K . Lease would start on May 1 with sublet option if interested. Please contact  Susan Mann at 202-659-3681. Or
  • Half-Time ($375/month) and Part-Time (variable depending on blocks of time) office space available in psychotherapists’ suite in Medical Building. Located almost directly across from convenient Virginia Square Metro in North Arlington, just minutes from DC. Suite is working home to warm community of Psychologists, Social Workers and Counselors. Includes sizable waiting room, interior kitchenette and bathroom and has free WiFi. Please contact Janice Sanchez at 703-841-5446 or
  • SUNNY, WELL PRICED DC PSYCHOTHERAPY OFFICE located in well-maintained Connecticut Avenue building between Chevy Chase Circle and Nebraska Avenue. It is part of a lovely four-office suite with waiting room, two bathrooms and a full kitchen.  Friendly independent practitioners have Wifi access and ample street parking.   Contact us at  or 202-362-6693.
  • Subletting office in downtown Bethesda – The office is in a sunlit two-office suite with shared waiting room, three blocks from the metro.  It is available from February: weekdays after 3:30 pm and weekends.Please contact Sophia Coudenhove by phone or email, 202-821-5562 or
  • Bethesda Office Space Available –  Furnished office, 10′ X 10′ with window, is now available 3/4 time.  Building is near Metro and parking garages.  Suite has waiting room, kitchen, WiFi, water cooler, and copier/fax.  Stable group of independent practitioners enjoys sharing the suite. If interested, contact Monica Callahan,
  • Office Space Available – Share a lovely, sunny office in Tenleytown, steps from Metro.  Beautifully furnished in a six-office suite with shared waiting room, restrooms, underground parking and garden entrance.  Receptionist creates a welcoming atmosphere.  Available 2 ½ days a week.  Please contact Cynthia Rosenberg at or 202-244-0998.

ICP+P Connections is the e-Newsletter of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, issued at the beginning of each month.

Please e-mail articles, announcements, and artwork in JPG/PNG format to Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, DCSW, CGP (Editor) (804- 683-4536) at or Nancy Der, ICP+P Administrator (Managing Editor) (202-686-9300, ext.5) at by the 23rd of the previous month.


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