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Women in Psychoanalysis

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Webinar Description

What has been the experience of women who have contributed to the field of psychoanalysis? What institutional pressures and prejudice did they face? Who supported their ideas and ambitions, and what were their struggles both with men and with other women? How helpful were their analyses, whether with male or female analysts? How were their relationships with their husbands, companions and children affected by their deepening relationship with psychoanalysis?

This webinar aims to explore these questions, looking at the history, context, contributions and lives of the women psychoanalysts Melanie Klein, Paula Heimann, Marion Milner, Esther Bick, Karen Horney, Frieda Fromm-Reichman, Julia Kristeva, and Carla De Toffoli. The presenters, all women ourselves working in the psychoanalytic tradition, are interested in what we can learn from the experience of these prominent women. 

The webinar will be presented over nine sessions:

    1. September: Introductions of Each Speaker (All); Melanie Klein (Enika Cocoli Bowen, PhD)
    2. October: Paula Heimann (Ann Glasser, PhD)
    3. November: Marion Milner (Katherine Weissbourd, PhD)
    4. January: Karen Horney (Pamela Van Dalfsen, PhD)
    5. February: Frieda Fromm-Reichmann (Ann Glasser, PhD)
    6. March: Esther Bick (Janelle Chandler, MA, LMHC)
    7. April: Julia Kristeva (Katherine Weissbourd, PhD)
    8. May: Carla De Toffoli (Enika Cocoli Bowen, PhD)
    9. June: Summary Meeting, Discussion, Preview of Future Events (All)

Instructors: Enika Cocoli Bowen, PhD, Ann Glasser, PhD, Katherine Weissbourd, PhD, Pamela Van Dalfsen, PhD, Janelle Chandler, MA, LMHC



Dates and Times: 3rd Saturday of Each Month, 9:30am – 11:00am

9/19, 10/17, 11/21, 01/16, 02/20, 03/20, 04/17, 05/15, 06/19

Location: Online via Zoom

Fees: $400 for COR Members; $500 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

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Week 1, Sept 19th, 2020


Week 2, Oct. 17th, 2020




Enika Cocoli Bowen, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Everett, working analytically with adults. She works with students of The Seattle School by providing supplemental clinical supervision regarding their clinical internships and provides clinical supervision to more established clinicians. She is a past president of COR and is currently a member of COR Board of Directors.



Ann Glasser, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and her certificate in psychoanalysis from the Psychoanalytic Center of California. She has been involved with COR in a variety of ways for almost 20 years, past chair and currently member of the education committee as well as teaching a course in British object relations theory. She has a private practice with adults.



Katherine Weissbourd, PhD was awarded her doctorate in clinical psychology from Northwestern University in 1978. She received her certificate in psychoanalysis from the Northwest Center for Psychoanalysis in Seattle, and she is a training and supervising analyst on the faculty of the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. Kathy has given talks on the unconscious, feminism, and art in the late 19th century. She is a psychologist in private practice with adults in Seattle.


Pamela Van Dalfsen, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Washington State University in 1986 and has been in private practice for over 25 years. She has been affiliated with COR both as a student and an instructor, and is currently on the Board of Directors.




Janelle Chandler, M.A., LMHC received her MACP in 2014 from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. She serves on the board at COR, and works in private practice in upper Queen Anne. Her work is fueled by the minds and creative processes of Donald Winnicott, Melanie Klein, Harold Searles, Franco Scabbiolo, Lewis Carroll, J.K. Rowling, and C.S. Lewis.



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