Sunday January 19, 2020
The Second Year Fellow: An Unexpected Journey
Nicole Duenow, MA
The practice of analytically-informed psychotherapy is a lifelong journey of ongoing exploration and study, but the initial learning curve is steep. Trainees can easily stumble along foreign terrain, unwittingly causing ruptures that are painstaking to repair. But what goes on in the mind of a trainee when this happens? And how might understanding the trainee’s mind help us in our own work? In this Clinical Moment, Nicole—a second-year MPSI Fellow—will present her work with a patient held hostage by primitive ways of relating. Providing open and honest access to her thoughts and feelings throughout moments of confrontation and enactment with a patient who makes a career at defending, Nicole will address intense countertransference feelings emerging from her patient’s failed relatedness. The presentation will include a discussion of the therapist’s perspective of powerful intrapsychic experiences which tied the dyad together in unexpected ways.
Nicole Duenow, MA, is a 2nd-year post-graduate Clinical Fellow at MPSI. She holds Master’s degrees in Counseling and Psychological Services (St. Mary’s University, 2017) and in Theology with a Concentration in Spirituality (St. Catherine University, 2012).
In addition to running a private spiritual direction practice in Minneapolis, and working as a psychotherapist at Aria Counseling, Assessment, & Mediation Centers, Nicole is an Intermediate-level student of Somatic Experiencing. She will begin the final leg of her training as a Registered Poetry Therapist in October of 2020, and hopes to eventually pursue formal analytic training.
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