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Courses Offered 2024-25


Independence of Mind in the Clinical Encounter


Developmental Theory in Our Work with Adults


‘Doing Something Else’: Winnicott and Brief Therapeutic Consultation


Living Psychoanalysis: The Contribution of Michael Parsons


Child and Adolescent Developmental Theory


Reading D.W. Winnicott: Key Papers 

Course Descriptions 

Doing Something Else’

Therapeutic Consultations of D.W. Winnicott

This short course will cover the basic principles of Winnicott’s use of therapeutic consultations - reaching larger portions of the population needing psychotherapeutic assistance.  Therapeutic consultations generally last from one to several sessions, are time flexible in nature, can be more tolerable for some people than committing to more intensive work, and are not a ‘watered-down’ psychoanalytic treatment. 

This adaptation or application of psychoanalytic skill is focused on providing a holding or facilitating environment and communication.  Communication is central to the process: presence, listening, and setting are crucial.  Winnicott noted that psychoanalysis remains the basis of this work.  Importantly, Winnicott noted that “…in order to use the mutual experience one must have in one’s bones a theory of emotional development…” as well as the person’s relationship to the environment.  Further, “…the client begins to feel that understanding may perhaps be available and that communication at a deep level may become possible.”

Lecture, readings and discussion will be the format for this course.

DATES:           To be announced 


COST:             $175 (Total for 3 sessions)

                        Payment by Venmo, Zelle, or PayPal (262-581-5177)

This virtual course will be capped at 8 participants. Registration at:

Independence of Mind

The Contributions of Ella Freeman Sharpe, Marjorie Brierley, and Sylvia Payne


   ‘…A deep-seated interest in people’s lives and thoughts must in a psychoanalyst have been transformed into an insatiable curiosity which, while having its recognizable unconscious roots, is free in consciousness to range over every field of human experience and activity, free to recognize every unconscious impulse, with only one urgency, namely, a desire to know more and still more about the psychical mechanisms involved.’

The expansion and endurance of psychoanalytic thought for our clinical awareness and capabilities were directly the result of the time and the effort of these three women. Indeed, they were the architects of the agreement that prevented the break-up of the British Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in the 1940s.   

The use of the self (countertransference) in our clinical endeavors, and the idea of ‘inter-subjectivity’ – preceded the later work of other clinical practitioners – those that put these concepts on our theoretical map. Their emphasis on the capacity for curiosity, the free play of the mind on all subjects, e.g., literature, history, art, and poetry, and their desire to know – to be absorbed in the effort to understand - accentuated their personal creativity and imaginative use of the self.  Each demonstrated their ‘insatiable curiosity about the human mind.’

As noted by Maurice Whelan - and in keeping with the ideas of philosophers, poets, and essayists, “…independence of mind is primarily an internal characteristic: it is born from an inner freedom; it relies on a comprehensive knowledge of oneself; and it speaks from an absence of fear, through the exercise of critical judgement upon one’s self or another.” Having a mind of one’s own is about autonomy. *M. Whelan (Ed.) (2000). A Mistress of Her Own Thoughts: Ella Freeman Sharpe and the Practice of Psychoanalysis.

This short course will examine the history of independence of mind and its application to our professional endeavors – be that in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, art, literature, dance, or music.

Ella Sharpe first studied literature, drama, and poetry, working then as a teacher until her early forties. Analyzed by Hans Sachs in Berlin, she became a member of the British Society in 1921. Ella Sharpe wrote on visual art, aesthetics, imagination, creativity, metaphor and symbolism – as well as writing Dream Analysis: A Practical Handbook for Psychoanalysts, published in 1937.  

Marjorie Brierley received 1st class honors in psychology and then studied medicine, qualifying in 1928. By 1930, she became a full member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Her work reflected a turning point in the evolution of psychoanalysis. Brierley’s most celebrated paper is “Affects in Theory and Practice,” published in 1937. Her ‘extremely flexible approach’ to clinical practice was instrumental in the Controversial Discussions. Her emphasis on the analyst’s need to follow the ‘Ariadne thread of transference affect’ anticipated the concept of countertransference and Winnicott’s concept of the environmental-individual set up. 

Sylvia Payne

Like Ella Sharpe, Sylvia Payne had her first analysis with Hans Sachs in Berlin, travelling from London. She qualified in psychology and then medicine under Edward Glover. She was a strong advocate for psychoanalysis and a prolific writer on psychoanalysis and women. Among others, Payne analyzed both Marion Milner and Charles Rycroft. She played an extraordinary role in the Controversial Discussions, and as a leading member of the newly formed ‘Middle Group’, was president of the British Psychoanalytic Society. 

Lecture, readings and discussion will be the format for this course.

DATES:           To be announced


COST:             $175 (Total for 3 sessions)

                           Payment by Zelle, Venmo, or PayPal 


                             Venmo: @Rudolph-Oldeschulte

                             PayPal - link in website menu

This virtual course will be capped at 8 participants.

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