Thursday, April 21 2022

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

IPSS faculty will be on hand to present our programs and answer questions followed by a
Rebecca Stahl, LCSW
Judith Rustin, LCSW
This “live supervision” will summarize the history, treatment and current themes of a patient in analytic treatment with Rebecca Stahl, a 2nd year analytic candidate at IPSS. When the patient began weekly therapy in 2019, she complained of “intrusive thoughts” in the form of ruminations and obsessional behaviors that interfered with her daily life. She experiences chronic, deep disappointment, loneliness, and insatiable longing in her interpersonal relationships, and wonders why she always feels “left behind.” A year into the treatment, Rebecca and her patient were still confined to the inner world of the patient’s exhausting ruminations and dissociation.  The ruminations and rituals resulted in extreme and persistent lateness (sometimes missing as much as 20-25 minutes) and distracting content that made addressing underlying issues extremely difficult. As Rebecca began her psychoanalytic training, she chose to work with this person three times a week while following her in weekly supervision as part of her training  requirements. This presentation will highlight how analytic training, supervision, and the stance of empathic-introspection have facilitated the candidate’s understanding and treatment of the patient’s obsessional preoccupations and dissociation. This understanding finally brought the patient into connection and “into the room.”


Virtual, via Zoom

(Meeting link will be e-mailed to registered participants on the day of the event)


Rebecca Stahl is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in private practice in New York City. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from New York University and a Masters degree in social work from Smith College School for Social Work. Rebecca began her career working with individuals who experienced interpersonal, community, and institutional violence, and continues to provide clinical supervision to social workers in this field. Rebecca completed advanced training in clinical supervision from Smith College School for Social Work and the one year psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. Rebecca is currently a 2nd year analytic candidate at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity.

Judith Rustin, LCSW,  is Faculty and Supervisor at The Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity in New York City.  Her professional writings include numerous papers on Intersubjectivity Theory and integrating Intersubjectivity Theory with findings from Infant Research and Neuroscience. She has presented nationally and internationally on these subjects.  In 2013, W.W. Norton published her book: Infant Research and Neuroscience at Work in Psychotherapy: Expanding the Clinical Repertoire.  She is a Co- Author with B. Beebe, S. Knoblauch and D. Sorter (2005) of Forms of Intersubjectivity in Infant Research and Adult Treatment.  Her current interest is integrating a social justice perspective into mainstream psychoanalysis  She is in Private Practice in New York City.