The Society


The Society offers a professional home for our psychoanalyst members, candidates of the Institute, and interested community participants. The Society provides a forum for ongoing discourse, learning, and association between members and with the professional public on a variety of psychoanalytic topics through the organization of conferences, scientific meetings, and psychoanalytic publications.


The Society offers three categories of membership:

  1. Active (psychoanalyst member)
  2. Affiliate (candidate member)
  3. Community

Active members are IPA-certified psychoanalysts who have been elected to the Society by vote of the membership. Analyst members participate in the governance of the Society, serve on committees, teach in the Institute, and facilitate operation of the organization. Members enjoy benefits including fee reductions at special events and are invited to present original papers at NPSI Scientific Meetings. All members are members of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS) and Fellows of the International Psychoanalytical Association (FIPA). For a roster of analyst members, click here.

Affiliate members are candidates enrolled in psychoanalytic training at the NPSI Institute. Candidates serve on committees and offer valuable feedback to the Society at candidate-faculty meetings. Candidates may also attend special events and receive publications at reduced rates. Candidate members are automatically granted complimentary affiliate membership in CIPS until graduation. Other CIPS membership benefits include complimentary membership in the International Psychoanalytical Studies Organization (IPSO) and reduced rates for access to the Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP) database.
To read more about these benefits, click here[.pdf Document].

Upon completing training, graduates may apply for active membership in the Society and are accepted by vote of the membership. For a roster of current candidates, click here.

Community members are defined by their interest in psychoanalysis and desire to support the scientific and educational activities of the Society. Community members include psychotherapists and allied health professionals (medical doctors, physician’s assistants, nurses, and so on); journalists, editors and writers; actors and playwrights; and others whose work may be enhanced by a deeper understanding of the psychic reality and human mental life. Community members receive a discount on registration at special events and on publication subscriptions and may volunteer on some committees.


Scientific Meetings

Scientific Meetings feature original paper presentations by our psychoanalyst, candidate and community members and provide a venue for discussion and debate of evolving psychoanalytic theory and its application in clinical practice. At each gathering, held monthly during the academic year, a paper is presented followed by commentary from an analyst colleague followed by group discussion. The meetings are open to members of the Society and other mental health professionals (including graduate students in medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, and other mental health disciplines) interested in learning more about psychoanalysis, generally, and the British object relations approach, in particular. For those who may be considering advanced training in psychoanalysis, these meetings provide an excellent way of getting to know our analyst members, most of whom also teach in the Institute.


April 19, 2017 7:00-9:00 p.m. "The Dawn of Unconscious Phantasy," presented by Robert Oelsner, MD, FIPA

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May 17, 2017 7:00-9:00 p.m. "The Body as a Mode of Representation," presented by Judy K. Eekhoff, PhD, FIPA

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February Scientific Meeting

February 15th, 2017

 Title: “Challenges in Transcultural Analyses” 

Presenter:  Heitor Gunther Perdigão, MD  (New Orleans)

Dr. Perdigão notes that analysts are often confronted with issues arising out of cultural differences and may on occasion conduct analyses in a language that is not the patient's native tongue. This has become more pertinent with the worldwide expansion of psychoanalysis. One of the challenges analysts face is how to better understand patients who come from different cultural backgrounds.

The impetus to study this subject and further my understanding of transcultural analysis was the result of having analyzed a Japanese man who was in the United States on a scholarship for postgraduate studies. I will discuss some theoretical issues, then present a brief outline of the course of the analysis along with a transcription of four consecutive sessions and finally offer a discussion of the specific problems raised in that analysis. 

Scientific meetings are open to psychoanalysts and other mental health professionals interested in evolving psychoanalytic theory and the application of psychoanalytic concepts to clinical work with patients. Continuing education credit: 1.5 hours. 

Learning objectives:

1. Participants will learn how to initiate an analysis with a patient from a foreign culture. 

2. Participants will learn how to identify cultural resistances in the analytic process and how to interpret them to help the progression of the analytic process.

3. Participants will learn the difference between the multilingual individual and a polyglot and its implications for the psychoanalytic process.

4. Participants will become acquainted with the psychoanalytic literature on the specific issues encountered in an analysis conducted in a language other than the mother tongue of the patient.

About the Presenter

Gunther Perdigão, MD is originally from Brazil where he grew up in a multilingual environment (He is fluent in English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, and German). 

He is Board Certified in Adult and Child Psychiatry. All of his psychoanalytic career has been in New Orleans where he is now a training analyst at the New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Society. He has had a long-standing interest in the IPA having served in many of its different administrative positions and committees. He has chaired two Sponsoring Committees in Brazil and was associate secretary of the IPA during the Etchegoyen administration. He served as Secretary General of the IPA from 2009-2013.

He has wide-ranging experience teaching psychoanalysis and psychiatry, and has participated in congresses in several countries and languages. He has also published several psychoanalytic articles. 


Register as soon as possible. Space is limited.

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March Scientific Meeting

March 15th, 2017

 Title: “On Presence and Absence in Bion's Italian Seminars” 

Presenter:  Caron Harrang, LICSW, FIPA
Discussant: John Cardinali, PsyD, ABPP

Abstract:  In July 1977 Wilfred Bion held nine seminars in Rome with his psychoanalyst daughter, Parthenope Bion Talamo, serving as interpreter. The Italian Psychoanalytical Society sponsored the first four seminars and the Group Research of Via Pollaiolo organized the final five. Given that Bion died just two years later (August 28, 1979), these seminars give us a window into his reflections on the practice of psychoanalysis at the zenith of his personal life experience and clinical maturity. With this timing in mind the author examines The Italian Seminars to discern the enduring themes of Bion’s thinking about human emotional experience as evidenced by his responses to the group. A close reading of the text reveals that one of the leitmotifs that Bion refers to over and over throughout these seminars is the centrality of emotion (as opposed to the drives) in psychic development and, thus, the difficulty posed for both analyst and analysand in dealing with presence and absence in relationship to internal and external objects. It is a sign of Bion’s genius that he is able to note that both experiences are disturbing rather than the traditional emphasis on separation from the object as a primary cause of anxiety. At the same time, Bion gives few clinical examples of these phenomena and says nothing of how to interpret what he deems fundamental emotional struggles regarding presence and absence. In order to flesh out what is absent from Bion’s commentary the author provides clinical vignettes from her own analytic work to illustrate how the analyst may interpret the dual difficulties posed by contact with the object and fear of its disappearance or absence. An unexpected discovery that emerged from the author’s attention to this theme in her work with analysands is how frequently the fear of the presence of the object and the fear of its absence occur simultaneously or in close succession, one after the other. The author concludes that the theme she has discovered in Bion’s spontaneous remarks during The Italian Seminars on the dual difficulties posed by presence and absence represents a heretofore unrecognized or, at least, an undervalued aspect of his theoretical contribution as well as demonstrating its practical value when applied to psychoanalytic work with analysands.

About the presenters

Caron Harrang, LICSW, FIPA is a training and supervising psychoanalyst at NPSI and current President of the Board of Directors. She maintains a private practice in Seattle providing psychoanalysis and psychotherapy to adolescents and adults and consultation to licensed mental health professionals. The paper she is presenting was first given at the International Bion Conference: Emotions, transformations and psychic vitality in Milan, Italy (September 30 - October 2, 2016) and will be published in Rivista di Psicoanalisi, journal of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society in spring 2017. 

John Cardinali, PsyD, ABPP is a psychoanalyst in practice in Seattle. He is on the faculty at SPSI and a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington.  Current professional interests include the integration of psychoanalytic theory and inclusion of non-analytic methods into psychoanalysis. 


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April Scientific Meeting

April 19th, 2017

 Title: “The Dawn of Unconscious Phantasy 

Presenter:  Robert Oelsner, MD, FIPA
From Robert Oelsner: In this presentation I wish to explore the early stages of the development of unconscious phantasy seen as the very origin of thinking. In order to do so I will first briefly remind you of some of Freud’s statements and the extensions made by Melanie Klein and Wilfred Bion and a vignette of a young girl whose rich phantasy-work will give us a background to contrast with the cases of two severely disturbed boys I will present in the clinical section. Both boys’ precarious psychic functioning may help illustrate the oscillation between an arrest and the dawn of unconscious phantasy.


Learning Objectives:

1. Attendees will learn to identify unconscious phantasy as it emerges in the therapy hour.

2. Attendees will learn to distinguish neurotic unconscious conflicts and phantasies from states where unconscious phantasy is yet about to develop.

3. Attendees will learn how to intervene such as to enhance the development of mental representations in cases of where there has been a developmental arrest. 

4. Case material of several child patients will help to best understand the subject of unconscious phantasy and its arrests, also applicable to adult cases.

About the presenter

Robert Oelsner, MD, FIPA is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the NPSI and PINC and also a Child and Adolescent IPA Certified Analyst. He was trained in the Psychoanalytic Institute of Buenos Aires and teaches and supervises in the U.S., Europe and Argentina. He is the author of over 200 psychoanalytic articles, book chapters and congress presentations. He is also the editor and co-author of "Transference and Countertransference Today”. The Dawn of Unconscious Phantasy is a chapter in the upcoming book Finding Unconscious Fantasy edited by Paula Ellman and Nancy Goodman, to be published by Routledge. Dr Oelsner has special interest in the works of Bion, Meltzer and the so called Contemporary Kleinian authors. He is a guest in the German Psychoanalytic Society (DPG) where he presents his work and supervises the candidates of its institutes in various German cities. 

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May Scientific Meeting

May 17th, 2017

 Title: “The Body as a Mode of Representation 

Presenter:  Judy K. Eekhoff, PhD, FIPA
Freud and Ferenczi's work foreshadowed later clinical evidence suggesting that there are multiple modes of representation. Further clinical explorations (Klein, Issacs, Bion and Segal) into the processes of symbolization and the role of the body in expressing "memories in feelings" prepared us for the shift in psychoanalysis from a focus on wishes and conflicts to a focus on process and relationship within the here and now of the analytic session. The Botella's exploration of figureablity also emphasizes the role of the body in early primordial symbolization. All focus on the process of representation:  unrepresented, re-presented and represented states.

This paper will provide clinical examples of the patient's communication via the body and the analyst's role in receiving that communication first in her body and then in her mind and aiding the patient in developing a capacity for increased symbolization and representation via language. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will learn that there are multiple modes of representation.

2. Participates will learn to notice concrete bodily experiences as forms of mental representations and help their patients represent these early experiences verbally.

3. Participants will be able use the concepts of ongoing construction of the self to facilitate their awareness of bodily expressions within clinical work.

4. Participants will be able to recognize bodily experiences as communications from the most primitive parts of the self.

About the presenter

Judy K. Eekhoff, PhD, FIPA is the Past-President of Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. She is an IPA certified training and supervising psychoanalyst and a licensed child psychologist. She has a private practice in Seattle, Washington, USA where she also teaches, writes, and consults. She is a full faculty member of Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, of Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and of COR Northwest Family Development Center.

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Special Events

We welcome all mental health professionals to NPSI sponsored workshops, seminars, and book readings featuring psychoanalyst presenters from our region and throughout the world.


NPSI International Evolving British Object Relations Conference

Eleventh International Evolving British Object Relations Conference
Sponsored by Northwest Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

"The Feeling Mind and Lived Experience: Clinical Transformations in Psychoanalysis"

October 28-30, 2016

Pan Pacific Hotel
2125 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121 

 Mark Solms is best known for his discovery of the forebrain mechanisms of dreaming, and for his integration of psychoanalytic theories and methods with those of modern neuroscience. Born in 1961, he was educated at Pretoria Boys’ School and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.  He emigrated to London in 1988, where he worked academically at University College London (Psychology Department) and clinically at the Royal London Hospital (Neurosurgery Department), while he trained at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.  He returned to South Africa in 2002. Currently he holds the Chair of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital (Departments of Psychology and Neurology) and is President of the South African Psychoanalytical Association. He is also currently Research Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

He was awarded Honorary Membership of the New York Psychoanalytic Society in 1998 and the American College of Psychoanalysts in 2004.  Other awards include the George Sarton Medal of the Rijksuniversiteit Gent, Belgium (1996), the Arnold Pfeffer Prize of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute (2008) and the Sigourney Prize of the American Psychoanalytical Association. He will be named Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists in 2016. 

He founded the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society in 2000 and was Founding Editor of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis.  He is on the editorial boards of several other major journals.

He has published widely in both neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals, including Cortex, Neuropsychologia, Trends in Cognitive Science and Behavioral & Brain Sciences. He is also frequently published in general-interest journals, such as Scientific American.  He has published more than 250 articles and book chapters, and 5 books.  His second book, The Neuropsychology of Dreams (1997), was a landmark contribution to the field. His latest book (with Oliver Turnbull) is The Brain and the Inner World  (2002) is a best-seller and has been translated into 12 languages. He is the authorised editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols), and the Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols).

To read Mark's article, The Conscious Id, click here.



Maxine Anderson trained as a child psychiatrist. In the 1970s, she accessed psychoanalytic training in Seattle and in the late 1980’s, she studied at the British Society of Psychoanalysis in London. 

The experience of significantly varied points of view led to Maxine’s questioning the dogmatism of any one perspective, and how the need for certainty which we all desire can inhibit the mind’s explorations into the unknown as necessary in its quest for discovery and growth.

Recently Maxine has been trying to look closely at the realms of our humanity (as thought-based functioning) and our inhumanity (as the collapse of the space needed for thought). But more currently the realms of intuitive, affective experience as the fount of creative potential and growth has become more apparent, along with how we can become enslaved and even tyrannized by our thought-based positions.

Maxine is a founding member of NPSI, and a training and supervising analyst for NPSI and several other psychoanalytic institutes in the Northwest and Canada, as well as author of several published articles and a forthcoming book, The Wisdom of Lived Experience.

To read excerpts from The Wisdom of Lived Experience, click here.  

Selected Facts Newsletter

Selected Facts: Newsletter of the Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institutepublished its inaugural issue in May of 2012 and continues to be released triannually. Please read below for submission guidelines, policies and procedures and for links to current and archived editions of the newsletter.

Newsletter Policies & Procedures [.pdf Document]
Selected Facts Newsletter Style Sheet [.pdf Document]

Selected Facts Newsletter Archived Editions


Selected Facts Newsletter

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Fall/Winter 2014
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Winter 2013-14
Fall 2013
Spring 2013
Winter 2012-13
Fall 2012
Inaugural Issue – May 2012


Evolving British Object Relations: Journal of the Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is in development and will be coming soon.

Member Roster

Training and Supervising Analysts are indicated by an asterisk after their name

NPSI Members:

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NPSI Candidates:

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NPSI Community Members:

Allemand, John, LICSW
Asmus, Sigrid, MLS
Bennett, Matthew J., PsyD, MA
Bigelow, Donovan, LMHC, JD
Bone, Margie, MD
Bruni, Alessandro, PhD, FIPA
Cardinali, John, PsyD, ABPP
Colyn, Sarah, PhD
Cummings, Claudette, PhD
Cunningham, Ken
Davidson, Astrid, PsyD
De Lancey, Ann, PhD
della Penta, Joanne, ATR-BC, LMHC
Dodson, Caleb A., MA, LMHCA
Fahrer, Robert, PhD
Flores, Nicole, LMHC
Glasser, Ann, PhD
Goodman, Joanna, LICSW
Gowing, David, MD (retired)
Gowing, Gwendolyn, RN (retired)
Groshong, Laura, LICSW
Heppell, Kathleen, MA
Hinton, Ladson, MD
Huffman, Eric G., LICSW
Jorgenson Jang, Kathleen
Kaplan, Barnett, MD
Keats, Christopher J., MD
Lazur, Richard, PsyD
Mangiardi, Patricia
Meola, Michele, EdD
Meriam, Chris, LMHC 
Murray, Scott, MD
Nalbone, Patrick, PhD
Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, FAIA
Petrov, John
Ragain, Kerry, PhD
Reams, Kelly, LICSW, BCD
Ruckstuhl, Tanya, LICSW
Ruthrauff, Michael, MD
Sais, Connie, MA, LMHC
Setton-Markus, Judith, MEd, FIPA
Shapira, Johanna
Smith, Douglas C., MD
Wassermann, Franz, MD (retired)
Williams, Christy, MSW
Winters, Nancy C., MD
Worley, Darchelle, LMHCA