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Diving Right In: Engaging Social Forces in the Consulting Room

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March 19 @ 1:00 pm 3:30 pm


Sarah Hill, LCSW & Priti Doshi, JD, LP

Sunday, March 19, 2023, 1:00-3:30pm, on Zoom

3 CE credit hours for Social Workers and Licensed Psychoanalysts holding Licenses in New York State

Program Description:

As psychoanalysts, we are trained to tune into unfolding psychodynamics in the consulting room. But many of us feel ill equipped to make meaning out of the intersubjective mingling of our social locations with those of our patients. 

How does the analyst traverse the various similarities and differences of both the patient’s and the analyst’s social identities around race, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic class?

Social location, or positionality, has an enormous influence on shaping each analytic dyad’s clinical process, and can lead to enactments generated not only by unconscious psychic forces, but also conscious and unconscious social ones, such as bi-directional racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism. These forces tilt power dynamics back and forth between the analyst and the patient. 

In this workshop, we invite participants to bring awareness to their various social identities, and to those of their patients, and to consider how each dyad inevitably embodies dynamics along oscillating axes of social power, while remaining cognizant of the inherent power differential between analyst and patient. 

We will consider the role of intersectionality, and will pay special attention to trauma, and associated affects such as fear, rage, and shame, both expressed and dissociated.  

Too often, the social matrix of transference/countertransference is simply interpreted on the psychodynamic level, but is not often enough recognized in its own right, holding its own valuable source of meaning and process.

The more consciousness we develop around positionality, the more we invite healing on both the psychic and social levels of experience, creating a more expansive field.

We will provide clinical examples from our practices of working with our own social location and that of our patients, with the hopes of inviting participants to bring increased curiosity to this dimension of their work. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn to identify and reflect upon their own social location/positionality in the consulting room.
  • Participants will learn to consider the impact of their positionality as it relates to power and privilege in the consulting room.
  • Participants will learn to better navigate the ways in which social location impacts the transference/countertransference matrix as well as the intersubjective field.   
  • Participants will learn to pay special attention to intersectionality in the analytic dyad, and the impact of trauma when navigating social forces in the consulting room. 


Sarah Hill, LCSW

Sarah Hill, LCSW is a psychoanalyst and craniosacral therapist in private practice in New York City. She is a supervisor, faculty member, and training analyst at National Institute for the Psychotherapies Training Institute (NIP TI), an adjunct professor at Union Theological Seminary, and a board member at CESSA, a center for mental health and spirituality in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Priti Doshi, JD, LP

Priti Doshi, JD, LP is a licensed psychoanalyst and an Attachment-Focused EMDR therapist trained by the Parnell Institute. She is on the faculty of The National Institute for the Psychotherapies and The Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis.  She works with individuals and couples in her private practice located in the West Village. She has a deep interest in working with the Asian/Asian American population. In 2020, she ran a South Asian Women Therapy Group. 


Russell Merritt, LCSW, Faculty & Senior Supervisor,

Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

A zoom link will be sent to registrants 1-2 days prior to the event.

For further information or questions please send an email to:

       Russell Merritt, LCSW: [email protected]

       If you do not receive a timely email response, please telephone:

       Nobuko Meaders, LCSW: 212-228-6988.

This program is approved for 3 CE Credit Hours.

MPG Consulting is an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers (#0119) and for Licensed Psychoanalysts (3P-0034). MPG Consulting, LCSW, PLLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health

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March 19
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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