11th Annual Couples Psychotherapy Event: Creativity and Imagination in Couple Psychoanalysis
This is a virtual event, accessible online. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


Course Overview: 

Join NCSPP and PCPG for our 11th Annual Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Lecture as we host David Hewison of Tavistock Relationships. Dr. Hewison will highlight Winnicott's and Bollas’ rich contributions to psychoanalysis and elaborate his own view on how these ideas can be creatively applied to understanding couple relationships. Following from this theoretical orientation, he will discuss the importance for the couple psychotherapist to focus on five areas in the clinical hour: the need for gesture to be properly met; the need to understand repetition in a creative way; the need to attend to mood and the emotional atmosphere, allowing it to unfold in the absence of interpretation; and the need to rethink the uses made of other people and other things outside the session. Shawnee Cuzzillo will serve as discussant and, in the afternoon, Dr. Hewison will illustrate his innovative ideas with a couple case presentation.


Course Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the ways in which Winnicott’s and Bollas’ ideas can be applied to analytic couple therapy.
  • Identify how gestures can be met in the analytic hour with a couple.
  • Identify repetitions in a couple and the ways repetition can be used creatively to further the couple treatment.
  • Explain the need to attend to mood and the emotional atmosphere in the room with a couple.
  • Describe the ways in which making use of outside analytic objects and relationships can further a couple treatment.


Empirical Reference: 

  • Bollas, C. (1987). The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known. London: Free Association Books.
  • Bollas, C. (1989). Forces of Destiny.  Psychoanalysis and Human Idiom. London: Free Association Books.
  • Bollas, C. (1992). Being a Character.  Psychoanalysis and Self Experience. London: Routledge.
  • Bollas, C. (1995). Cracking Up.  The Work of Unconscious Experience. London: Routledge.
  • Bollas, C. (2002). Free Association. London: Icon Books.
  • Bollas, C. (2007a). Articulations of the unconscious. The Freudian Moment. London: Karnac: 33-63.
  • Bollas, C. (2007b). On Transference Interpretation as a Resistance to Free Association. The Freudian Moment. London: Karnac: 85-100.
  • Bollas, C. (2007c). What is Theory? The Freudian Moment. London: Karnac: 71-83.
  • Hewison, D., Casey, P., and Mwamba, N. (2016) The effectiveness of couple therapy in a naturalistic UK setting.  Psychotherapy 53, 4, 377-387
  • Winnicott, D. W. (1974). Playing and Reality. Harmondsworth: Penguin, pp. 1-30.
  • Winnicott, D. W. (1987). Babies and their mothers. London: Free Association Books.



David Hewison, D.Cpl.Psych.Psych., holds a doctorate in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from Tavistock Relationships, where he is a Consultant Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Head of Research. He is a training analyst for the Society of Analytical Psychology and an associate member of the APA’s Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29). Dr. Hewison has published extensively and teaches internationally. He has a particular interest in creativity and imagination, and in linking Jungian and psychoanalytic perspectives. In 2010 he was commissioned by the UK's National Health Service to develop an integrative behavioural model of couple therapy for use in the treatment of depression.



Shawnee Cuzzillo, Ph.D. is a psychoanalytically oriented psychologist, seeing individuals and couples in private practice in Albany. Dr. Cuzzillo has taught at the graduate level on biological bases of behavior and psychodynamic psychotherapy. She supervises students in her private practice and at various community agencies.


Co-Sponsor Information:

The Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group is dedicated to bringing modern psychoanalytic ideas to bear in working with couples. It began as a three-year training course through NCSPP with the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships in London. Some members of the original group have continued to study and train together as the PCPG, which has become a Bay Area locus for education, training, and study in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with couples. 

PCPG offers an intensive study program in psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy: “Making Meaning in the Grip Of Reality.” The program features a rich array of theoretical classes, case conferences, film events, and workshops, taught by a hybrid faculty from PCPG, Tavistock Center for Couple Relationships (TCCR), and other noteworthy psychoanalytic couple psychotherapists. PCPG’s first class of nine students has just completed a three-year program of study, which included  a week of classes at TCCR in London. 


Target Audience & Level: 

This course is for mental health clinicians of all experience levels in clinical work with some background in the principles of psychoanalytic approaches.


Program Committee


Jeremy Mintz, Psy.D., Chair

Danni Biondini, MA
Danielle Dunchok, Psy.D.
Maneesh Saini, MA
Monika Telichowska, Psy.D.


Price: $290.00