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In the Shadow of Freud’s Couch:

A Discussion with Mark Gerald, Psychoanalyst, and Photographer

with Mark Gerald, PhD
Saturday, November 19th, 2022 – 11:00am-1:00pm EST

33 West 60th St.  4th fl. New York, NY 10023

This free event will take place at ICP and virtually on Zoom.

Mark Gerald’s book, In the Shadow of Freud’s Couch, is part of an almost two-decade project that he undertook on the study of the psychoanalytic office. At this presentation slides will be shown of portraits from among the more than 100 analysts that Mark Gerald photographed, in their workspaces from 28 cities and ten countries. He will lead a discussion on what he has learned about the meaning that the analyst’s room has for patients, analysts, and the relational dyad. Since the analytic office has been under the threat of extinction since the time of Freud, the discussion will also include the ever-present tension between loss and sustaining an analytic identity in the current world of Zoom spaces. The event will be an interactive discussion with plenty of space for questions. Mark’s book will be on hand for sale and Mark will be available to sign copies at the end of the talk.

About the presenter:

Mark Gerald, Ph.D. is a psychologist and psychoanalyst. He is on the faculty of New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, The Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis, The Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis – Los Angeles, the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy – New York, and the National Institute for the Psychotherapies.

Mark is also a trained photographer, who has photographed portraits of psychoanalysts in their offices in the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, and South America. He has written and taught about the importance of actual space in creating new relational images, and about the visual dimension in psychoanalytic practice. His most recent article, “Melanie Klein and Diane Arbus Through the Lens of the Relational Image” is published in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (70.2). His book, In the Shadow of Freud’s Couch: Portraits of Psychoanalysts in Their Offices (Routledge, 2019), part memoir, part history, and part case study, is a portrait of psychoanalysis. His current writing focuses on mystery. His practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic consultation is on the Upper West Side in New York City

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*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts.

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