Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Voice of Couples Therapy: Common Conflicts & Complaints

The Voice of Couples Therapy:
Common Conflicts and Complaints

New Center for Psychoanalytic Studies
Saturday, October 11, 2014
9 AM - Noon
 Joan Jutta Lachkar, Ph.D.

Every couple complains. Sometimes a complaint is a complaint, and sometimes it is used for evacuation. This course draws from many theoretical perspectives including classical psychoanalysis, self-psychology, ego psychology, object relations, attachment theory, and others. The first part of the workshop describes various kinds of complainers and how to “listen” to the complaints as they link to various personality disorders. It also has applicability to multicultural and cross-cultural couples. Time is allowed for role-play, case presentations and discussion.

As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:
• Understand the eight different types of “complainers” and their corresponding personality disorders.
• Explore couples’ mutual projections.
• Discover various listening approaches and their applicability to cross-cultural complains.

Joan Lachkar, Ph.D. is a licensed MFT in private practice in Sherman Oaks, CA, as well as an affiliate member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis. She has authored several books including The Narcissistic/Borderline Couple:  Psychoanalytic Perspective on Marital Treatment, The Many Faces of Abuse: Treating the Emotional Abuse of High-Functioning Women, The V-Spot, How to Talk to a Narcissist, How to Talk to a Borderline, The Disappearing Male, New Approach to Marital Therapy, and her new book,  Common Complaints that Bring Couples into Therapy. She also writes as a psycho-historian and has been widely published in journals on the subject of marital and political conflict in the Journal of Psychohistory, Frontpage, Family Security Matters, and published her paper, "The Psychopathology of Terrorism," at the Rand Corporation.

To sign up for this workshop, please call (818) 290-3390 or email