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Working with Negative Transference

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Sue N. Carlson and D. Michael Louderback

This course considers what the negative transference is and how we can work with it.  In other words, how do we know if we are being a good “bad object” or just a bad therapist? When positive feelings dominate the therapy, the work is enjoyable for client and therapist but many clients need us to feel and know their anger and even hate. At such times they may locate in us critical, hateful, and withholding parental figures and experience us as bad objects. Under such stress we may perceive such clients as bad objects as well, leading to a cycle of righteousness and persecution. We will read some classic papers on the negative transference but mostly rely on shared clinical experience to gain some confidence in how to work with this crucial phase of therapy.

Dates and Times

Thursdays – 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, and 4/4

7:00-8:30 pm


COR meeting room
2800 First Avenue, Suite 117
Seattle, WA 98122

in-person only due to the clinical focus of this course.
Minimum of 5 students maximum of 10


Fee $225

Fee includes 7 CEU Credits

Scholarships are Available for COR Members.  Please inquire by contacting office@nwfdc.org


Sue N. Carlson, M.A., LMHC received her certificate in psychoanalysis from Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in 2005. She is a psychoanalytically informed psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice, working with adults and couples. Sue has over 20 years of experience teaching and leading clinical case conferences for Antioch University Seattle, Northwest Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Center for Object Relations, Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study. She is a participating member of COR and the Alliance.  Sue enjoys yoga, playing the piano, cycling, her dog Leo, and being in the mountains.

D. Michael Louderback, M.A., LMHC is an analytic psychotherapist working with individuals and couples. His passion includes shame, trauma, and the LGBTQ community. He is a member of the COR and the NWAPS, as well as a writer for The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He enjoys writing, reading and the occasional ferry ride.


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Missed classes, seminars, events are not eligible for partial refunds. Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the first class are eligible for a full refund, less a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 30 days in advance of the first session are nonrefundable and non-transferable unless COR is able to fill your spot with another registrant. Cancellations made on or after the start of the first session are 100% non-refundable and nontransferable. In the event of an emergency, each situation will be considered.


For purchasing an installment plan, a “Free Trial” means there will be a delay of the charge until class begins. The sign up fee is an initial charge to secure your place within the class.


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