Dr. Hall will present material from a 50 hour psychotherapy case involving very early paternal loss. This loss - at least for a long time - was not to be talked about in the family of origin. The man presented with generalized anxiety that very much related to unconscious infantile fantasies about his father's death. As the fantasies became conscious, the anxiety resolved. This presentation will demonstrate the continuing significance of dreams in developing cohesion and conviction in the analytic process.
- Work better with unconscious infantile fantasies and their derivatives in psychotherapy.
- Make active use of dream interpretation in their practices.
- Explore the effect of early parental loss when it is not acknowledged (disavowed).
John Hall, M.D. is a training and supervising analyst at the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati, and Member of the Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies at Princeton. He has trained with Anna and Paul Ornstein, and served as a Fellow on the Board of Professional Standards of ApsaA.