Unconscious Processes in Psychotherapy
with Marshall Bush, Ph.D. and Peter Schumacher, MFT at SFPRG

How do we, as therapists, make sense of patient behaviors, thoughts and attitudes that seemingly contradict the patient’s stated goals? What role does unconscious mental functioning play in the dramas that unfold in a therapist’s office?

This 6-week class will examine in detail Joseph Weiss’s conceptualization of the role unconscious processes play in the therapeutic process. We will look at the unconscious aspects of the patient’s plan, goals, pathogenic beliefs, testing behavior, traumatic memories, and pathological identifications and compliances. Why are these aspects of personality and therapy unconscious? Can the therapist infer what is unconsciously salient for the patient in the moment? Come and participate in a lively exchange of ideas about these topics.