"A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Couples Psychotherapy" -- Philip Ringstrom, PhD, PsyD

  • 22 Nov 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • The Menninger Clinic 12301 Main Street Houston, TX 77035
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Dr. Ringstrom will discuss his model for doing relational couples work. Treatment goals include the actualization of self-experience in an intimate relationship, the capacity for mutual recognition, and the relationship having a mind of its own. Based on his book, A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Couples Psychotherapy, Dr. Ringstrom will describe the six steps in which these themes are achieved. The steps wed theory and practice, are non-linear, and offer specific clinical guidelines for working with couples. His presentation will use illustrative clinical material to bring the concepts to life. An engaging and stimulating presenter, Dr. Ringstrom will combine didactic material with extensive audience interaction. A master at using playfulness and improvisation in therapy, he has an amazing talent for making complex concepts clear in practical ways.

At the conclusion of this live presentation, participants should be able to:

  • The participants will learn how apply the three organizing themes: self-actualization in an intimate relationship, mutual recognition, and the “relationship having a mind of its own” as a bridge for connecting important elements of contemporary psychoanalysis.

  • The participants will learn how to identify and work with the couple as a complex nonlinear system.

  • The participants will learn how to identify stultifying “binaries” in the couples’ relationship and learn how to generate the principle of “thirdness” in their place.

  • The participants will learn about the considerable modifications in psychoanalytic technique that this model sheds on both individual and couple’s psychotherapy in light of this shift in perspective. 

$50.00 Professional Rate

$25.00 Student Rate

Forms of payment accepted are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Registration will be finalized with receipt of payment. Payments must be made in advance. No checks or cash will be accepted at the door.

Registration is limited to 80 attendees; so sign up today.

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