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Eight Gates for Listening: Exploring A Psychotherapist’s Attention

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Webinar Description

Listening in a psychotherapy session is a complex activity. How does a psychotherapist select what to pay attention to as a session unfolds? What will you bring to the patient’s attention through interpretation? 

This seminar will explore a variety of possibilities of listening tasks in a psychotherapy process. Building on the work of Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion, and Donald Meltzer, among others, we will explore several different listening “gates” to help begin to build a detailed picture of a patient’s experience.

The seminar will be organized into three parts presented over ten sessions:


  1. Psychotherapy as an improbable conversation 
  2. Gate 1: Gathering the Data of a Session
  3. Gate 2: Listening to the Fate of Pain

Mapping Some Countries of the Mind

  1. Gate 3: Listening to the Paranoid Schizoid Experience
  2. Gate 4: Listening to the Depressive Experience 
  3. Gate 5: Listening to the Pre-Object Experience 

Listening as an Open Gate

  1. Gate 6:  Listening to Oedipus 
  2. Gate 7:  Listening to an Echoing Darkness 
  3. Gate 8:  Listening to A Self and its Circumstances 
  4. Listening as an Open Gate 

Our goal over ten meetings will be to construct and explore a listening model that will help psychotherapists to organize, focus, and make use of attention as part of a listening process. 


Dates and Times: 2nd Saturday of Each Month, 9am – 10:30am

9/12, 10/10, 11/14, 12/12, 01/09, 02/13, 03/13, 04/10, 05/08, 06/12

Location: Online via Zoom

Fees: $450 for COR Members; $540 for Non-COR Members

Scholarships Available: Yes, for COR members. Please inquire by contacting mcfaddentherapy@gmail.com.

CEUs: 1.5 for each attended class, 15 total.

Suggested Pre-Reading: A Fruitful Harvest: Essays after Bion

Jeff would like to suggest reading his book, A Fruitful Harvest: Essays after Bion, as helpful preparation for this webinar series. Reading it ahead of time will likely serve to enhance the overall learning experience, as this webinar series is founded upon the ideas outlined in his book and will serve to be an extension of them.

CEU Test Links

Seminar 1, Sept 12, 2020

Seminar 2, Oct 10th, 2020


Seminar 3, 2020


Jeffrey L. Eaton, MA, FIPA is a graduate and faculty member of the Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He is author of A Fruitful Harvest: Essays after Bion and several other chapters. For more information visit his website at www.jleaton.com.

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