November 4, 2020

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

1.5 CEs


Instructional Level: Beginning – Advanced

Monthly meetings are always free of charge. CE certificates are $10 for non-members.


Each of us will bring a different perspective on the topic of female therapists and their work with aggression. We will share personal experience, explore cultural influences, and developmental theory from a psychoanalytic framework. We will allow 20 to 30 minutes for questions and discussion.

Jan will discuss how women therapists are often limited in their ability to access aggressive energy and use it therapeutically, due to family-of-origin experiences, cultural training, and male-dominated theoretical models. Blending personal experience, recent contributions from women therapists, and clinical material, Jan will present ideas for expanding the therapeutic effectiveness of therapists all along the gender continuum.

Ramona will present case material from a borderline patient. She will explore the use of her own metabolized aggression to protect herself and the patient from the patient’s aggression while terminating the treatment. Participants are encouraged to think about their own experience with patients when they become too difficult to manage and the work is no longer productive. Changes in the countertransference will be explored, including anaclitic and objective types. Winnicott’s paper, “Hate in the Countertransference,” will guide our understanding when working with patients with borderline personality organization.

Barbara will draw on Melanie Klein‘s theories of early development, particularly as they pertain to the good mother/bad mother split and how that may be playing out in our culture when it comes to reactions to more aggressive women. Drawing on Wilhelm Reich’s theories of aggression and application in his work, she will demonstrate her own modifications of his ideas. She will present her experience as a somatic therapist in working with a female client to help the client experience and manage her aggression, as she worked toward a more solid sense of self.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After attending the program in its entirety, attendees will be able to

1) Define two types of countertransference, anaclitic and objective.

2) Describe how aggression can be understood as an energetic process.


Jan Morris, Ph.D., CGP, ABPP, FAGPA is a psychologist in private practice. She is a graduate of the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2014 she received her certificate in Modern Group Leadership from the Center for Group Studies in New York City, and is now a faculty member with the Center. She is Board Certified in group psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). She is a fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, leading institutes and workshops. She is a frequent presenter around the US and Canada. Jan loves leading groups, as well as supervising and training group leaders.

Ramona Aarsvold, Ph.D. is psychologist who has been in private practice in Austin for 29 years. She treats adults and adolescents with depression, character disorders, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. She especially enjoys helping young people transition to adulthood, immigrants adjust to a new culture, and supervision of therapists. She has trained in Modern Analytic group and individual psychotherapy, as well as Gottman couple therapy. She has been a presenter for the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and the Austin Group Psychotherapy Society. Ramona graduated from the University of Texas Counseling Psychology program in 1991, and was the recipient of the Ima Hogg Fellowship. She completed her internship at the Topeka State Hospital and Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. Prior to this, she was a special education teacher and consultant in Minnesota, England, Iowa, and rural Alaska. She is devoted to her teenage son, whom she adopted as a single mother. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, writing, singing, and walking her dog.

Barbara E. Davis, LCSW-S, CGP has practiced as a psychotherapist for over 40 years, is past president of Austin Group Psychotherapy Society and founder of two local nonprofits. As a faculty member of the International Society for Bioenergetic Analysis, a modality that integrates body oriented psychotherapy with psychoanalytic thought, she has led numerous workshops and training groups in Canada, New Zealand, Brazil and the US. She specializes in working with trauma, serious illness, grief and loss, as well as enhancing intimacy for couples. She has supervised a number of therapists over the years with an emphasis on the use of countertransference.


Geltner, P. (2013). Emotional Communication: Countertransference Analysis and the Use of Feeling in Psychoanalytic Technique, London and New York: Routledge.

Holmes, L. (2013). Wrestling with destiny. New York: Routledge.

Johnson, Stephen M. (1985). Characterological Transformation: The Hard Work Miracle, New York and London: WWNorton

Winnicott, D. W. (1949). Hate in the countertransference, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 30:69-74; reprinted in Through Pediatrics to Psychoanalysis (1975), London: The Hogarth Press.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Austin Psychoanalytic is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education for social workers and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #1138). We also meet the requirements to provide continuing education for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.

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