Relational Psychotherapy and Effective Treatment of Addiction

Dr. Sonnenberg will address the treatment of addictions, using a relational psychotherapeutic approach. Clinical material will be presented which will include transference/countertransference descriptions, and advantages of the use of a relational approach in challenging and changing the addict. The goals of such treatment focus on freeing the addict’s hijacked brain through the development of a new understanding of one’s self, which in turn promotes new abilities to resist the temptation of the addictive substance or behavior, and the development of new neuronal configurations in the brain.


Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
7:00 PM - Registration/Wine & Cheese



4455 Morena Boulevard, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92117
United States
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$35 for SDPC Members
$50 for Non-members
$20 for Students

Educational Objective(s)

  • Describe the advantages and mechanism of therapeutic action of a relational psychotherapeutic approach in the treatment of addicted patients.
  • Describe the challenge of the relational psychotherapist in understanding the transference/countertransference relationship between the patient and the therapist.
  • Describe the way the relational psychotherapist uses an understanding of the transference/countertransference relationship to facilitate the therapy of the addicted patient.
  • Describe the way the addicted patient’s understanding of the relationship with the therapist empowers her/him to overcome the temptation to succumb to the addiction.

Presenter Information

We are delighted to welcome as Guest Faculty, Stephen Sonnenberg, M.D., Training and Supervising Analyst at the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute. He is the Founding Director of the Austin, Texas Center for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, has served on the North American Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and currently serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Inquiry.