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Blooming in December: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Older Adults

September 30, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT


Psychodynamic treatment of older adults can be extremely effective. The assaults, losses, and indignities accompanying older age are many and may exacerbate old relational conflicts, revive early trauma, and erode the sense of self. In the context of therapy, it presents opportunity. Aspects of treatment that we will explore include current and revived trauma, the narrative self, transference, countertransference, and existential issues. We will also discuss specific challenges entailed in this work.


Amy Schaffer, Ph.D. is the author of Blooming in December: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Older Adults, published in the Routledge series, Psychoanalysis in a New Key. Dr. Schaffer received her certification in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, where she is on the faculty, a supervisor, and founder and former director of the Two-year Training Program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. She is currently the President-Elect of the New York State Psychological Association’s Division of Adult Development and Aging. Her background also includes psychodrama, psychological research, and college teaching.  She has worked clinically with older adults for more than 40 years.


September 30, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT