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Making of a Psychotherapist

Notice: This course is full.

Instructor: Michael Louderback, MA LMHC

With all of the theories and knowledge and wisdom of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy—now, more than ever—at our fingertips, what (and how and when) do we make use of these when we are actually sitting with another complicated person? How do we begin to distill and understand the essences of these many ideas to not only to change our own souls, but also the souls of others? How do we creatively become the kind of psychotherapist that is not only helpful and kind, but transformative and challenging?

The psychoanalyst Neville Symington has written a fantastically engaging and helpful look at all of these complicated questions and has developed a guide of this lifelong art of becoming a creatively effective, balanced, useful psychotherapist. Symington, known as a well-rounded and experiential learner, includes major contributions and themes from Freud, Klein, Bion, Winnicott, Fairbairn, Jung, and Fromm throughout. His communication of them are succinct, pragmatic, inspiring and accessible to any who are just starting in this task of therapy, or who has practiced for many, many years and would like to revisit the foundations of our complicated task.

Over six weeks, not only will the class read the entirety of this thoughtful book, we will also share our time reflecting, conversing, and engaging one another around these provocative topics. Explorative questions will be asked for us all to grapple with, as well as the ability to discuss real case material in which we’ll use the learned concepts to think how this particular style of practicing would look and sound like.

TimeTuesdays at 7:00 – 8:30 pm
DatesApril 18,  April 25,  May 2,  May 9,  May 16,  May 23  (2023)
Location2470 Westlake Avenue North, #102 (Michael’s Office)
FeeCOR Members: $300
Class SizeMaximum 7
CEUs1.5 for each attended class; 9.0 hours total

Scholarships Are Available

For many years, thanks to a generous donor, COR has been able to offer scholarships to those who need financial assistance. Please complete the Scholarship Request Form if you need a scholarship.

Michael Louderback
Michael LouderbackMA LMHC
D. Michael Louderback MA LMHC is a passionate and eclectic psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Seattle, WA for a decade. He has instructed courses and led groups through the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, The Center for Object Relations and The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in that time. His clinical passions include narcissism, shame, and the LGBTQ+ community, as well as reading and writing and adventuring.

Course CEU Tests and Evaluation

As as a part of Washington State requirements, each student who is wanting to claim class credits toward their license CEUs is required to complete a quiz, with a passing grade of 70%. You can take the quiz as many times as needed. Once the class is completed the final quiz will also have a course evaluation, which is also required, but can be completed anonymously.


Quiz Links

Week 1 – 4/18/23Quiz 1
Week 2 – 4/25/23Quiz 2
Week 3 – 5/2/23Quiz 3
Week 4 – 5/9/23Quiz 4
Week 5 – 5/16/23Quiz 5
Week 6 – 5/23/23Quiz 6 / Evaluation

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