Annual Conferences

The concept of “resistance” was introduced into the analytic lexicon to account for the patient’s refusal to accept the analyst’s interpretation of the truths that lie in the patient’s unconscious, the de-repression of which would set the patient free from his neurosis. If we no longer believe there is a truth the patient must accept to overcome his pathology, then “resistance” has lost its meaning as a force opposing the essence of the treatment.  To label the patient’s disagreement with the analyst “resistance” is to invoke an authoritarian truth that does not fit the theoretical or clinical reality of today’s psychoanalysis.  Nonetheless, there are often times when the patient stands in staunch opposition to the analyst’s interpretations.  How do we understand such an impasse in today’s psychoanalytic world from which the analyst’s authority has been eroded?  Is there a place for “resistance” in such a world?  If not, what replaces “resistance” and how do we understand an impasse between patient and analyst?  In this panel, three analysts will address these questions from different theoretical perspectives, and then our fourth member will discuss these approaches to seemingly intractable differences between patient and analyst.

Program details and registration information coming soon!




CAPP Presents:

The Call for Inclusion:

A Postmodern View of Intersecting Cultural Identifications and Gender Queer Identity

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 – 6-9pm

 Argosy Chicago,

225 N.Michigan Ave., #1300 Chicago 60601

3 CE/CEU’s

 What will be Discussed:

The Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (CAPP) is sponsoring a panel discussion which will explore issues related to intersectionality, particularly in relation to transgender and gender queer individuals. Five panel members, all of whom are working with transgender individuals, will address how psychoanalysis can integrate contextual issues, feminist theory, oppressive systems and elements of the minority stress model in broadening our understanding of these vital and timely issues.  Additionally, the panel will consider how broadening our view can lead to more effective treatment of these populations. Both evidence-based and case-based material will be explored.

The Presenters:

Donna Mahoney, Ph.D., is a Full Professor and adjunct faculty member at Adler University and Argosy University/Schaumburg.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from the Institute for Clinical Social Work and advanced training at the Institute for Psychoanalysis.  Her private practice, located in Lake Zurich, IL, specializes in the treatment of anxiety-related disorders and phobias. Dr. Mahoney is a strong advocate for marginalized populations and LGBTQ individuals.

Dr. Deb Wilke received her MS in Counseling Psychology from Benedictine University and her doctorate  in Counselor Education & Supervision from Argosy University.   She has taught Human Sexuality in higher education and international conferences for sixteen years. She has been in private practice for over eighteen years serving almost exclusively LGBTQ clients and has assisted 359 persons to gender transition.

Beto Chavez is a Latinx, gay-identified staff therapist at Live Oak with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University. He began his career at Live Oak first as an intern then transitioned into his current staff therapist position where he works with individuals, couples, and groups. His background includes experience in the foster care system, Latinx communites, developmental disorders, and LGBTQ populations. Beto hopes to continue his journey working with, supporting, and advocating for communites and individuals in need.

Cuyana Davis-Carter is a black, queer, GNC therapist at Live Oak and graduated from Adler University with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016. Cuyana began their clincal career working at the YWCA with survivors of domestic violence. Outside of the clinical realm, they have vounteered for organizations that service LGBTQI, gender non-binary, Black and/or POC folks. Cuyana hopes that their work will aid in the re-envisioning of mental health within marginalized communities.





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