Common Complaints that Bring Couples into Treatment
(and other works)
Newport Center for Psychoanalytic Studies
Joan Jutta Lachkar, Ph.D.
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
818 290 3390 or 310 413 9593
This presentation is based on Dr, Lachkar's groundbreaking book, Common Complaints that Bring Couples Into Therapy (2014). It draws from many theoretical perspectives including classical psychoanalysis, self-psychology, ego psychology, object relations, attachment theory, contemporary theorists and others. It describes various kinds of “complainers” when a complaint is a complaint, when used for evacuation, and how to “listen” to the complaint as they link to various personality disorders. It also includes many treatment points and procedures as it offers specific procedures and techniques to explain the psychodynamics of the couple e.g., why couples stay in painful destructive, on-going behaviors also known as traumatic bonding or “the dance.” Aside from this work, it has applicability to all kinds of couples including cross-cultural couples. There is also plenty of opportunity for role play and discussion as well as case presentations.
• To understand the couples’ mutual projections and how each one tends to identity or over-identify with the negative projections of the other.
• To understand how old archaic injuries (“V’ spot”) impairs the couples’ current perspective of reality (judgment, perception, reality testing)
• When and how to interpret, confront or intervene
“This new edition of Dr. Joan Lachkar’s work highlights her meticulous ongoing efforts to define a fascinating clinical entity from different clinical and theoretical vantage points. This is a highly well thought out word that is characterized by sound scholarship, considerable clinical experience and innovativeness. It is to be recommended to all mental health workers.”
- James Grotstein, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine