Aches, Pains, Rumbles, and Stumbles:
The Therapist's Bodily Reactions as Usable Guide in Clinical Work


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Kathryn Zerbe, MD

9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30/21

7:00 - 8:30 pm


$200 Non-Members
$180 Members
$100 Residents-Interns-Graduate Students

The body/mind relationship is receiving considerable focus in psychodynamic clinical work in the 21st Century. Patients often speak with and about their bodies, and the clinician who pays attention to these communications and those emanating from our own body has additional access to what is transpiring within psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. This reflective process can lead to additional insight and growth of both participants in the clinical dyad. This course will allow us to speak about some of these issues openly, particularly the therapist’s somatic and/or embodied countertransference reactions and what can be learned from them. Space will be made to address the ongoing self-care needs of the clinician. We will discuss some ways to assist patients in speaking openly about their bodily feelings states and apply this to somatic disruptions such as panic disorder and trauma and, particularly, to those intensities of sensations that come alive within the consulting room of the novice to the most experienced clinician.


  1. Demonstrate the importance of working with one’s bodily reactions as one guide in a therapeutic process
  2. Recognize and use somatic/embodied countertransference reactions more effectively
  3. Use 2 – 3 conceptual tools to facilitate, communicate, and understand unconscious communications that can become a source of transformation for patients.


Continuing Medical Education This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of  6.0  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.