PCPG is a group of clinicians in the Bay Area, united by our interest in psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy, and devoted to continued study in this complex and compelling field.
The founding members* began studying together in 1999, and completed a three year course of study with Tavistock Relationships (then called the Tavistock Marital Studies Institute, and subsequently the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships). We have continued to study together, and in 2010 launched our intensive study program, open to licensed and experienced psychotherapists who demonstrate an interest in learning more about this challenging work. Since 2010 we have graduated two cohorts of students, who have continued to study with us in our evolving community of psychoanalytic couple psychotherapists.
Intensive Study Program in Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy
PCPG’s program offers an immersion in the foundations of Tavistock (Tavistock Relationships) and other psychoanalytic thinking about couple relationships and couple psychotherapy. The theories developed by Tavistock Relationships since the 1940’s have deepened understanding of the pressures and dynamics that affect couple relationships by extending the thinking of Bion, Klein, Britton and other British Object Relations theorists.
Tavistock couple theory explores a wide range of issues, including the implications of Oedipal development regarding couple functioning, unconscious object choice and shared unconscious anxieties, the role of projection in structuring couple relationships, sexuality, technical application of theory, and transference and countertransference in work with couples. The PCPG study program also incudes courses exploring the utility of link theory and field theory in work with couples.
Clinicians find that using this model helps them to conceptualize couple functioning in a way that offers a spacious, dynamic, mobile, and creative view of the problems and potentials of couple life.
Leora Benioff, Ph.D
Rachel Cooke, Psy.D
Julie Friend, LCSW, BCD
Shelley Nathans, Ph.D
Milton Schaefer, Ph.D
Sandra Seidlitz, LCSW