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In-Person Workshop: A Weekend with Adam Phillips

A Weekend with Adam Phillips – Presenter Bios

Cornelia Barber is a poet and psychoanalyst in New York City. She is the author of Spring Street (1080 Press), Pink Metal (Big Lucks Press) and Unconditional (Dancing Girl Press). You can read her work in The Ersatz Experience, RISS – Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse, 1080 Press, Prelude and elsewhere.


Sacha Bollas is a clinical psychologist and a co founder of Community West, a partial hospital and outpatient mental health treatment center for teens and young adults in Los Angeles. He teaches and supervises at the Wright institute Los Angeles and is in psychoanalytic training at The Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies.


Patricia Ticineto Clough Ph.D., L.P. is professor emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY. Among her publication are: The User Unconscious, On Affect, Media and Measure (2018); Autoaffection: Unconscious Thought in the Age of Teletechnology (2000); Feminist Thought (1994) and The End(s)  of Ethnography: From Realism to Social Criticism (1998).  She is editor of The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social, (2007), with Craig Willse, editor of Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death (2011) and with Alan Frank and Steven Seidman, editor of Intimacies, A New World of Relational Life (2013). Clough is a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City. She is faculty at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy where she also serves on the Training Committee, and the Curriculum Committee.


Ed Corrigan is a supervisor and member of the Faculty of ICP as well as co-editor and contributor with Pearl Ellen Gordon of The Mind Object: Precocity and The Pathology of Self- Sufficiency and editor of The Cure for Psychoanalysis by Adam Phillips.


Seshie Hargett LCSW received her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Advanced Clinical Practice at Columbia University and graduated in 2011. She worked at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell on a general medicine unit for 2 years before taking a specialized role working as a psychiatric social worker alongside the psychiatric consult-liaison service for 3 years.

Seshie is a graduate of the 2-year psychodynamic psychotherapy program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) completing the program in 2016. She decided to continue her training and went on to the analytic program at ICP and graduated in 2019.

Seshie has a full-time private practice in Manhattan and consults part-time at Juilliard in their counseling department. She also supervises and teaches in both the 2-year CP. Seshie serves on the training committee for the 2-year program as well.


Nicole Krauss is the author of the international bestsellers, Forest Dark, Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and The History of Love, which won the Saroyan Prize for International Literature and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, and was short-listed for the Orange, Médicis, and Femina prizes. Her first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. In 2007, she was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists, and in 2010 she was chosen by The New Yorker for their “Twenty Under Forty” list. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into forty languages. She teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University, and was the first Writer-in-Residence at the Columbia’s Mind, Brain and Behavior Institute. To Be a Man, her collection of short stories, was published in 2020 and received the Wingate Award.


Katherine Leddick PhD, is faculty and supervisor in the analytic program at ICP in New York City, where she teaches a course on early relational trauma. Katherine is a graduate of the NYU postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She has worked in infant studies, and child and family therapy as well as adult and adolescent analytic therapy. Katherine is in private practice in Manhattan


Holly Levenkron is former Director of the Psychoanalytic Training at ICP. She is a Supervisor and Faculty member teaching courses in Relational Theory and Contemporary Theories of Affect, and is also on the Curriculum Committee. Her articles, published in Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Contemporary Psychoanalysis and CIER Clinical e Investigation  Relational, span the subjects of Dissociation and Enactment; the relationship between the Implicit, Enactment and Dissociation in the work of the BPCSG; and (in progress) Cultural Roots in Toxic Affect and Development of Trauma. She is a contributor to “Playing with Reality” by Adam Phillips and founding editor of PARAMETERS, a past (in-print) ICP Psychoanalytic Forum for alumni and candidates  (Sp’91- Sp ’95). She conducts therapy and supervision on-line in Cambridge, MA and New York City with a focus on Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Mind/Body work of Stephen Porges, Autism in Adults and Couples; she has a study group on the relationship of Self-Development to psychoanalytic practice.


Kathleen Del Mar Miller MFA, LCSW is a writer and psychoanalyst practicing in New York City. Her writings have been published in various anthologies and journals, including Adam Phillips’ The Cure for PsychoanalysisPsychoanalytic DialoguesROOM: A Sketchbook for Analytic Action, Studies in Gender & Sexuality, and Dialogues with Ferenczi: Contemporary Implications of Ferenczi’s Radical Work (forthcoming). She was the 2020 recipient of the Symonds Prize from Studies in Gender & Sexuality, where she is a co-editor. She currently teaches at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) and the Institute for Expressive Analysis (IEA).


Susan O’kuhn served as Faculty and Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Treatment Services at The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in NYC. For more than 25 years she has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings including residential care, schools, substance abuse programs, the Fostering Connection, and hospital clinics. She teaches, supervises, provides consultation on working with adolescents and parent guidance. She is in private practice in NYC.


Adam Phillips is the former Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital.   Since 2003 he has been the general editor of the new Penguin Modern Classics translations of Freud. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.  And recently the author of Wanting to Change, On Getting Better, The Cure for Psychoanalysis and On Giving Up.


Thomas Rini M.A., L.M.H.C. is in private practice in New York City. He is on the faculty at both the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center. He currently serves on the Curriculum committees of both Programs.


Stephen Seligman is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco; Clinical Professor, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Training and Supervising Analyst, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis & Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California; Author of Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, and Attachment (Routledge) and the forthcoming Beginning with Winnicott (Oxford);  Co-editor of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health:  Core Concepts and Clinical Practice, the standard American Psychiatric Press text on the subject;  Editor Emeritus, Psychoanalytic Dialogues.


Ron Taffel formerly Chair, Board of Directors of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, is the author of eight books and over one hundred professional and popular articles. Taffel’s experience helping to develop innovative programs in teaching and treatment settings, his extensive writings and workshops nationwide have consistently identified just emerging issues for the mental health field.  Among his articles are,” Discovering Our Children: The Connection Between Anonymity and Rage in Today’s Kids,” “The Divided Self: Inside the World of 21st Century Teens,” “The New Anxiety: How Therapists Can Help Today’s Fearful Children,” and “The ‘Millennial Effect’: Young Clients Are Leading Therapists to New Places.”. Taffel’s critically acclaimed books Include his parenting guide “Childhood Unbound: Saving our Kids’ Best Selves,” and clinical texts, “Breaking Through to Teens: Psychotherapy for the New Adolescence, and “Getting Through to Difficult Kids and Parents: Uncommon Sense for Child Professionals.” Dr. Taffel’s practice In NYC focuses on addressing complex relationship issues between parents, adolescents, and young adults.


Caroline Volel MD, MPH, is a recent graduate of the ICP 4-year Psychoanalytic program. She was trained in both Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical Center. For over 25 years, she has worked with underserved children and adolescents in psychiatric residential treatment centers and in NYC public schools. Dr. Volel is on the faculty of Columbia Mailman School of Public Health where she specializes in School-based Health programming. She currently serves as House Physician for the inpatient unit of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.


Cecil Webster is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, and a lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. Dr. Webster writes and presents extensively on racial, sexual, and gender identity development through psychoanalytic and intersectional lenses. He has built a consulting practice working with area schools and organizations such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop constructive responses to racial animus, form gender and sexual identity-inclusive policy, and transform difficult moments into important conversations. In addition he frequently teaches organizations about intersectional thinking including the White House. He is an advanced candidate in adult and child psychoanalysis at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, where he also serves on the Board of Trustees. He is also serves on the Board of Editors for the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. He enjoys the application of psychoanalytic techniques in understanding large scale complex human problems and individual and family psychotherapy.

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