Workshop For Couples
This workshop explores healthy romantic love and intimacy and how living with people with personality disorders (narcissist, borderline) can destroy its capacity. It offers specific approaches and techniques to explain the psychodynamics of the couple. It also explores how and why couples stay in painful, conflictual, destructive, never ending, relationships, traumatic bonding or what Dr. Lachkar refers to as “The Dance” (how one partner projects a negative feeling onto the other and how the other then identifies or over-identifies with it). This workshop is based on numerous articles and books on treatment of the narcissistic personality disorder particularly as it affects interpersonal love relations. Even though this workshop focuses mainly on narcissism, the narcissistic does not live alone but overlaps with many other personality disorders. Much has been written about narcissism, addressing not only its theoretical aspects, the psychodynamics and defense mechanisms within the spectrum of various kinds of narcissists. But few have addressed how to actually communicate with one and how their defenses destroy the capacity to maintain an intimate loving relationship.
This workshop is suitable for couples or half couples willing to explore aspects of intimacy, communication, and mindfulness. We then explore common complaints that create conflict in couples and their resolution.
A Half Day Workshop
New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP)
Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals
by Joan Jutta Lachkar, Ph.D.
February 17, 2018
9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
This workshop is based on Dr. Lachkar's two ground-breaking publications How to Talk to a Narcissist and How to Talk to a Borderline. Drawing from many theoretical perspectives including classical psychoanalysis, self-psychology, ego psychology, object relations, attachment theory, and more contemporary theorists, this workshop introduces two languages: The "Language of Empathology" and the "Language of Dialectics," both abstracted from the analytic literature to make communication more “user friendly.” Her innovative concept of the "V-spot" will be introduced for feelings of vulnerability and dependency at the very core of the human spirit let alone the capacity to love. This presentation is suitable for all mental health professionals ranging from the least experienced to the most seasoned.
Joan Jutta Lachkar, Ph.D. is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist in private practice in Sherman Oaks, California, is an affiliate member for the New Center for Psychoanalysis, is the author of such ground breaking books as, The Narcissistic/Borderline Couple: Psychoanalytic Perspective on Marital Treatment, How to Talk to a Narcissist, How to Talk to a Borderline: Common Complaints that Bring Couples in Treatment, Treating the Emotional Abuse of High-Functioning Women, The V-Spot, The Disappearing Male, and Courts Beware of the Borderline: Implications for Mediation (in process). Dr. Lachkar is also a psychohistorian has published numerous papers and articles on marital and political conflict in addition as a classically trained ballet dancer and performer treats many individuals in the entertainment industry. www.joanlachkarphd.com
Richard Seigle, M.D., has worked with individuals and couples for over 40 years. His background includes physical, spiritual and psychological modalities.
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Ongoing Supervision Group
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On-Going Group Psychotherapy
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Past Lachkar Professional Seminars Workshops
for Mental Health Professionals Have Included:
Many Faces, New Approaches 2004 - Based on the book, The Many Faces of Abuse: Treating the Emotional Abuse of High Functioning Women, by Joan Lachkar, Ph.D.
"The Marriage of Two Minds: How to Talk to a Narcissist & How to Talk to a Borderline" half-day workshop with four Continuing Education Units (4 CEUs) for Mental Health Professionals.
"The Narcissistic/Borderline Couple: New Approaches to Marital Therapy" half-day workshop with four Continuing Education Units (4 CEUs) for Mental Health Professionals.