The Unique Analytic Ear and Giving Voice to What We Hear

This Saturday Seminar with Dr. Roy Barsness focuses on the unique “ear” of the analytic practitioner and will demonstrate how we listen to the internal workings of our patients as it is revealed within the clinician’s own body and mind in direct relationship to the patient. The seminar will also attend to analytic “speaking” and the placement of our thoughts and our affects into the potential space of “we.” Topics will include:


  • Finding our Patients within Ourselves
  • Listening Beyond the Narrative
  • Repetition and the Prospective Function
  • Patterning and Linking

Courageous Speech/Disciplined Spontaneity

  • Impasse/Enactment and the Third
  • The Essential “I”
  • The Potential Space of “We”
  • The Place of Play in the Therapeutic Dynamic

The format of the Seminar (worth 5 continuing education hours) is interactional and dialogical and will rely on case material and a live case demonstration to illustrate theory and practice. There will be an hour break for lunch, and light refreshments will be available throughout the event.

About Roy Barsness


Dr. Barsness is Professor of Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, as well as a Professor with the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Group – Seattle. He was formerly the Clinical Director of the Doctoral Studies program at Seattle Pacific University and a Clinical Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. He is author of Core Competencies in Relational Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2018), a concise and clearly presented handbook offering a foundational grounding in Relational Psychoanalysis.