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When: Sunday, September 15, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Arte Café
106 West 73rd
United States
Contact: New York State Psychological Association

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The Division of Psychoanalysis of the New York State Psychological Association invites you to our

Welcome Back Soiree

at Arte Café, 106 West 73, NYC

September 15, 2019, 6-9pm

Online Registration has been Closed.

There will be no onsite registration for this event.


Todd Essig, PhD

Join us for an evening of conversation, collegiality, and dinner. Our speaker, Todd Essig will present new, developing ideas to spark what we hope will be a lively conversation.   Seating is limited, reserved your spot today.


Here, there, anywhere: How do relationships change, especially in psychotherapy, when bodies are not together?

Description: Technologically-mediated relationships, whether text, audio, or video, afford feeling close when distant. In psychotherapy, these “screen relations” were originally thought to be better-than-nothing ways to provide or continue treatment when physical co-presence was impossible. But many now view psychotherapy at a distance as routinely good-enough, as a functionally equivalent replacement. Few ask how is it even possible that people continents away from each other can feel as close as though they were sitting together in the same room. Fewer go on to ask whether those experiences that feel so similar have the same consequences and limits; do they function the same, especially in psychotherapy. And even fewer ask whether they feel similar not because they are but because we are learning to expect so little from being in a relationship with one and other. In this presentation and discussion we will explore these questions by looking closely at how technology changes how relationships are structured, including psychotherapeutic frames, and question whether being bodies together adds anything of unique value to intimacy in general and clinical processes in specific.


About the Speaker: Todd Essig, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst and Faculty in the Adult Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute. He has served on the editorial boards for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and JAPA and recently co-edited a special issue of Psychoanalytic Perspectives on psychoanalysis and technology. In the aftermath of 9/11 he helped organize and served as Board Chair for the New York Disaster Counseling Coalition (NYDCC). He recently led the successful effort in Division 39 to create “Section X: Psychoanalysis and Technology." He currently writes “Managing Mental Wealth” for Forbes where he covers the intersection of technology, public life and private experience. His clinical practice is in New York City where he treats individuals and couples, almost all of whom come to his office.


Registration includes a full buffet dinner (Seating is limited, reserved your spot early)

$30 Psychoanalysis Division Members . 
$40NYSPA Members ($20 may be applied to 2019 Psychoanalysis Division membership)  
$50Non-NYSPA Members ..
$30Early Career Psychologists & Institute Candidates . 
$25 Students (with ID)