Well, one more summer, one more whirl-wind ride through the universe and we arrive at, now.
I always feel in sync with the Jewish Holidays, because the new year always begins in September for me. Mindfulness in Psychoanalysis will have its doors opened on Tuesday September 10th at 297 Wickenden Street in Providence. Also individual appointments can also be made for meetings at the Lake house in Charlestown beginning on Thursday September 12th.
I look forward to seeing some people that I have not seen all summer and I look forward to continued work with those folks who have maintained their analysis by phone or by analytic scripting.
The Groups will meet at the same schedule as last year:
Tuesday Group: September 10 through October 12th & November 12th through December 17th
Wednesday: September 11 through October 15th & November 14th through December 18th
There will be 12 groups to the fall semester in Providence. The break in october will be for three weeks and there are a number of options for how to work during those three weeks that I will be in the St. Augustine Office. Suggestions and opinions will determine how we deal with the three weeks away mid-semester…..I have a capable co-therapy partner is one option I am considering.
Another new item is the method of payment for group. You can elect to pay in advance for the entire 12 week course, or you can pay as you have in the past at the end of the month or at each session. If you must use a credit card for pay-in advance then there is a 12% sur-charge for the processing fee. If you pay in cash or check in advance you may give yourselves a 12% discount.
Of course, talk to me individually about fee negotiating.
If you are new to my practice you may not know that I insist on a negotiated fee. I feel strongly that this talk about money and the impact that it has on what we can and can not do, is foundational to the analytic relationship.
I hope to see you all very soon. I am looking forward to studying together some of the patterns that came up over the summer for some folks. Many of the individual conflicts that we talked about would be great fodder for our collective mill. As you know about me. I love the process of analytic groups. They represent the most basic system of order know to man–the consensus . We toss our conflicts around and we look around at Other’s tossed-around conflicts and we wonder if order can be made from the chaos.
It can, and it does once the primary resistances are cleared away making room for a new perspective to invade the strong ego. New perspectives are what is needed to stop the old repetitions. Often we are so in love with our own beliefs it becomes impossible to tell the difference between a sacred belief and a delusion.
The fear of shame that is at the core of a narcissistic wound, is itself an infant in a pre-verbal stage of development. Regression, that nasty and hasty rush back to a state of pure sensation is enough to trip up any one of us. We all have it, we all suffer with it. It is not a neurosis or a mental condition. No, it is a source of information. Information that has lodged itself into our bodies and acts out in a multitude of painful somatic and chaotic behaviors. When our bodies yell they do so with pain. But the yelling is in vain if you only quell it, or worst pay no attention to it. The Pain of a somatic situation is a message that something is wrong with the organism and a “new-perspective” will be needed if the pain of the repetition is to be understood.
New perspectives, (especially those that come from the heart, the instincts, or the soul) are central to our connection with all of sentient life. They connect us with nature, with the elements of the universe that can have a natural and positive impact on our journey “whirling through space in complete darkness on a spinning ball with no one guiding the ship,” as on patient put it this summer.
My hours of Analytic Time are very flexible, my practice is a part of my life, not an addendum or an artificial add-on. Consequently talking and working with people who are lost in an internal conflict is a challenge that i welcome with great pride and that I perform with a relative high degree of success. The object of a successful analysis is knowledge. We need to know how to get health, happiness and success. The delusions that get in the way of this work are the resistance that the analysis recognizes.
As Ever & in-joy,
Dr. A. L. Dussault
Mindfulness in Psychoanalysis
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