2015 LIVE EVENTS ARCHIVES

  • THE POWER AND THE GLORY: WORKING WITH THE HISTRIONIC PERSONALITY

    THE POWER AND THE GLORY: WORKING WITH THE HISTRIONIC PERSONALITY

    Psychotherapy with histrionic personalities often involves contending with powerful forces which can threaten to overwhelm the therapeutic frame. These sensitive, emotionally talented patients are exquisitely attachment oriented but may seem unable to tolerate the ruptures, misunderstandings, minor failures and disappointments, which inevitably come with any intimate relationship…including psychotherapeutic ones.  This seminar explored ways of understanding and navigating the deep-seated fear of abandonment and its dark twin, fear of engulfment, from a broadly psychodynamic perspective. Due to theoretical considerations, the DSM borderline personality was also addressed in this seminar.    Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs Matthew Bennett Psy.D.Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor …Read More »
  • TWO DIFFERENT WAYS OF BEING HUMAN: CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF THE FEMININE IN WESTERN RELIGIOUS MYTHOLOGY

    TWO DIFFERENT WAYS OF BEING HUMAN: CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF THE FEMININE IN WESTERN RELIGIOUS MYTHOLOGY

    Western perceptions of the nature of the Feminine have been profoundly influenced by the narratives and myths described in the early Judaic traditions.  One of these influences has been the cultural tendency to rigidly define male and female gender as separate experiences with narrowly defined roles: two different ways of being human. This continuing education event is a panel presentation and discussion about the representation of women in the Hebrew scriptures, and the roles that these representations have played in the establishment of patriarchal thought.  The panel, which consists of medieval scholar Dr. Maja Jakimovska-Tosic, artist and author Leigh McCloskey, …Read More »
  • THE NARCISSIST UNMASKED

    THE NARCISSIST UNMASKED

    It is not hard to understand how narcissist and those with traits of narcissistic personality disorder make their way into our lives. Often times they are the most interesting person in the crowd, exhibiting passion and confidence. We marry them, we accept jobs from them, we even admire them at first... but eventually we start to notice the true side of the narcissist. This seminar explored: (a) ways to understand the narcissist, (b) the impact of narcissists on our lives and (c) strategies for dealing with narcissist in therapy and life.   Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs Matthew Bennett Psy.D.Licensed …Read More »
  • HUMAN GEOMETRY: ASSESSMENT OF PERSONALITY IN PSYCHOTHERAPY

    HUMAN GEOMETRY: ASSESSMENT OF PERSONALITY IN PSYCHOTHERAPY

    This seminar reviewed broadly psychodynamic perspectives on the diagnosis of personality organization and personality disorder. The emphasis was on diagnosing personality organization as an aid to conducting psychotherapy.  Dr. Bennett provided an overview of the psychodynamic sensibility about identifying diagnosing personality disorder, highlighting the clinical usefulness of identifying and describing patterns of handling affect, defensive styles, and perceiving interpersonal reality.  The discussion included an emphasis on how to adopt certain “stances” in psychotherapy based on personality diagnosis.    Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs Matthew Bennett Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Pacifica Graduate Institute. WHEN:  …Read More »
  • PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH THE EMOTIONALLY RESTRICTED CLIENT

    PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH THE EMOTIONALLY RESTRICTED CLIENT

    This Continuing Education (CE) seminar addressed psychodynamic principles of psychotherapy with patients who show characteristics of social withdrawal, restricted emotional range, extreme shyness or social avoidance, or “failure to launch.” These characteristics were discussed as part of a “perceptive” personality style which includes schizoid personality presentations. The instructor, psychologist Dr. Matthew Bennett, discussed how to recognize and empathize with the schizoid point of view, while still encouraging a gradient for change. The seminar also addressed the cultural view of peoples with schizoid personalities and the common misinterpretation of symptoms associated with Schizoid personality disorder (SPD).   Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, …Read More »
  • HOW TO FIND RIGHT THERAPIST

    HOW TO FIND RIGHT THERAPIST

    Local psychologist Dr Matthew Bennett is offering a free public presentation about how to select the right therapist that will best address your current needs. The seminar will educate the public about the range of counselors and psychotherapists available out there. This seminar will address the differences between "counselor," "psychologist," "psychiatrist," "therapist," "social workers," and "marriage family therapist" etc.   FREE PUBLIC EVENT Matthew Bennett Psy.D.Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. WHEN:  DATE: July 28th, 2015, Tuesday; TIME: 5:030 pm - 6:45 pm WHERE: Montecito Library 1469 East Valley Road Montecito, CA 93108 For wheelchair accessibility, please call …Read More »
  • ANXIETY AS DEPTH EXPERIENCE

    ANXIETY AS DEPTH EXPERIENCE

    The psychodynamic tradition describes anxiety as a meaningful experience rather than just a “symptom.”  The tradition has a rich history of describing different kinds of anxiety, including how anxieties evolve developmentally and how they make sense.  Different kinds of anxieties arise for different reasons and play important roles in the life of the psyche.  As a person matures emotionally, some kinds of anxieties become more relevant than others.  The types of anxiety a person experiences, and how that persons attempts to control that anxiety, are some of the most important things there are to know about a psychotherapy client.  This …Read More »
  • TRUTH THROUGH FICTION: CHARACTER STYLES IN LITERATURE

    TRUTH THROUGH FICTION: CHARACTER STYLES IN LITERATURE

    In this seminar-style workshop, Dr. Matthew Bennett provided brief guided readings of selected works of fiction in order to illuminate the process of conceptualizing and treating personality disorder in psychotherapy.  The instructor provided a brief orientation to psychodynamic models of personality functioning, and will guide participants in speculatively interpreting the readings for psychodynamic meaning.  The psychodynamic interpretations were supplemented with clinical material where appropriate.  The emphasis was on conceptualization and treatment strategies of different personality dynamics encountered in psychotherapy.   Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs Matthew Bennett Psy.D.Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. WHEN:  DATE: April 25th, …Read More »
  • THE ODYSSEY: A PSYCHOLOGICAL MAP THROUGH LIFE

    THE ODYSSEY: A PSYCHOLOGICAL MAP THROUGH LIFE

    CE SEMINAR: How can a 3500-year-old story be of practical application in current psychotherapy? As an eternal story the Odyssey carries the accumulated cultural experience and wisdom in its timeless and archetypal themes. As such it allows us to continuously imagine its application to real life situations as they present themselves to us both personally and clinically. This elaborate and multifaceted story was presented in a way that allowed the participants to not only understand its potential importance personally and clinically, but also experience and apply it to their understanding of maturation and development over the lifespan with a particular …Read More »
  • SADDER BUT WISER: WORKING WITH THE DEPRESSIVE PERSONALITY

    SADDER BUT WISER: WORKING WITH THE DEPRESSIVE PERSONALITY

    This seminar explored the introjective defensive style of the depressive personality from a broadly psychodynamic perspective, and discussed constructive ways of approaching the depressive personality in therapy.  The depressive is emotionally sensitive, self-critical, fearful of rejection, and often carries around an inordinate amount of inappropriate guilt and unmourned losses.  Healthy depressives often make up for their own perceived failures by trying to heal others and doing good deeds; more disturbed depressives may descend into self-hatred, mood disorder, and even psychotic features.   Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs Matthew Bennett Psy.D.Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. WHEN:  DATE: …Read More »