Ghosts & Demons in the Consulting Room: Two Companion Volumes

Book Announcements by Adrienne Harris (USA), Margery Kalb (USA), and Susan Klebanoff (USA)harriscoverimage0317w

Adrienne Harris, Margery Kalb, and Susan Klebanoff are pleased to announce the publication of two companion books (Routledge, 2016). Ghosts in the Consulting Room: Echoes of Trauma in Psychoanalysis is the first of two volumes that delve into the overwhelming, often unmetabolizable feelings related to mourning. The book uses clinical examples of people living in a state of liminality or ongoing melancholia. The authors reflect on the challenges of learning to move forward and embrace life over time, while acknowledging, witnessing, and working through the emotional scars of the past.  Bringing together a collection of clinical and theoretical papers, Ghosts in the Consulting Room features accounts of the unpredictable effects of trauma that emerge within clinical work, often unexpectedly, in ways that surprise both patient and therapist. In the book, distinguished psychoanalysts examine how to work with a variety of “ghosts” as they manifest in transference and countertransference, in work with children and adults, in institutional settings, and even in the very founders and foundations of the field of psychoanalysis itself. They explore the dilemma of how to process loss when it is unspeakable and unknowable, often manifesting in silence or gaps in knowledge, and living in strange relations to time and space.

Demons in the Consulting Room: Echoes of Genocide, Slavery and Extreme Trauma in Psychoanalytic Practice is the second of two volumes addressing the overwhelming, often unmetabolizable feelings related to mourning, on both an individual and a mass scale. Authors in this volume explore the potency of ghosts, ghostliness, and the darker, often grotesque aspects of these phenomena. While ghosts can be spectral presences that we feel protective of, demons haunt in a particularly virulent way, distorting experience, our sense of reality and our character.  Bringing together a collection of clinical and theoretical papers, Demons in the Consulting Room, reveals how the most extreme types of trauma can continue to have effects across generations, and how these effects manifest in the consulting room. Essays in this volume consider traumas that have affected multiple generations of people, such as the Holocaust, experiences in the gulags, and the experience of slavery. Authors here consider the clinical challenges of working with the demonic force in severe childhood abuse and the effects of serious and prolonged physical injury and illness. Inevitably, there is in such difficult clinical work the combined effects of hauntings in the analysts and in patients and often in the surrounding culture.

Both books will be of interest to psychotherapists and psychoanalysts, as well as social workers, family therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists. It will appeal to those specializing in bereavement and trauma and, on a broader level, to sociologists and historians interested in understanding means of coping with loss and grief on both an individual and larger scale basis.

Contributors include: Galit Atlas, Daniel G. Butler, Muriel Dimen, Jack Drescher,
Joshua Durban, Alexander Etkind, Heather Ferguson, Michael J. Feldman, Arthur Fox,
Sam Gerson, Sue Grand, Janice Gump, Adrienne Harris, Margery Kalb, Gil Katz, Douglas Kirsner, Susan Klebanoff, Susan Kraemer & Zina Steinberg, Emily Kuriloff, Jade McGleughlin,
Maria McVarish & Julie Leavitt, Michael S. Roth, Michael Sebek, and Don Troise.

(Ghosts in the Consulting Room);
(Demons in the Consulting Room)

About the Editors:

Adrienne Harris, PhD, is faculty and supervisor at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is on the faculty and is a supervisor at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. She is a member and training analyst in the IPA. She is an editor at Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Studies In Gender and Sexuality. In 2009, She, Lewis Aron, and Jeremy Safran established the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School University.  She, Lew Aron, Eyal Rozmarin and Steven Kuchuck co-edit the book series Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis, a series now with over 70 published volumes. She has written on topics in gender and development, analytic subjectivity and self-care, primitive states, and the analytic community in the shadow of the First World War.  Her current work is on analytic subjectivity, on intersectional models of gender and sexuality, and on ghosts.

Adrienne Harris
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Margery Kalb, PsyD, is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, and supervisor in private practice in New York City. She is faculty and supervisor/clinical consultant at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, where she teaches a course entitled “Ghosts in the Consulting Room: A Clinical Seminar on Repetitive (Re)Enactments.” She is also co-chair of the Contemporary Freudian Track at the NYU Postdoctoral Program. She is co-editor, along with Adrienne Harris and Susan Klebanoff, of a two-volume set of books: Ghosts in the Consulting Room, and Demons in the Consulting Room, both published by Routledge in 2016. Dr. Kalb is the author of several papers on ghosts, encompassing themes such as transference-countertransference, somatization, intimacy, anxiety, values/morality, loss, and mourning.

Margery Kalb
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Susan Klebanoff, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She is co editor with Adrienne Harris and Margery Kalb of Ghosts in the Consulting Room: Echoes of Trauma in Psychoanalysis and Demons in the Consulting Room: Echoes of Genocide, Slavery and Extreme Trauma in Psychoanalysis (Routledge 2016). She is also co-author with Ellen Luborsky of a book on depression for middle school aged children (Putnam 2001). She is on the faculty at the Stephen Mitchell Center and adjunct clinical supervisor at the Ferkauf School of Yeshiva University and at National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP). She is the author of several articles on eating disorders, family relations, and uncertainty in psychoanalysis.

Susan Klebanoff
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New York, NY 10003   USA
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