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Unthinkable Anxieties:
Reading Transphobic Countertransferences
in a Century of Psychoanalytic Writing

Griffin Hansbury, MA, LCSW-R
Friday, June 14th, 2019
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

40 West 13 Street, # 216
(Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Handicap accessible facility

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This presentation addresses the anxieties that can give rise to transphobic countertransferences; the unsettling, often negative, reactions that clinicians sometimes have when working with transgender patients. The presenter will demonstrate how these moments of anxiety in the psychoanalyst have been revealed through a century of literature on working with transgender patients, from Freud’s applied analysis on the case of Schreber to today’s relational trans-affirmative psychoanalysts. Four basic “unthinkable anxieties” are identified that appear to underlie transphobic countertransference reactions. The talk concludes with a relational perspective, using a focus on mentalization that can be compassionate and transformative in working with many trans patients.

Learning Objectives: After attending the presentation, participants will be able to
– Discuss the history of transphobic countertranferences in a century of psychoanalytic writing about transgender patients.
– Identify the main transphobic countertransferences that may arise in clinical work.
– Describe ways to work through transphobic countertransferences when treating transgender patients.

Griffin Hansbury, MA, LCSW-R, NPAP member, is a frequent presenter on transgender issues. His writing on the subject appeared in JAPA, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. He is a recipient of the Ralph Roughton Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association. His private practice is in NYC.

Open to NPAP members and candidates I no cost
Non-members I $30.00

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