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Case Presentations 2 | Day 1: 4.30 PM - 6.00 PM

by Galit Goren Gilad, Itay Shuv Ami, Offer Maurer, and Michal Schoenberg-Taz


Case Presentation Segment 1

Title: "Let Everything Happen to You: Beauty and Terror." (R.M. Rilke) - Widening the Scope of Countertransferential Tools in Schema Therapy

Presenters: Galit Goren Gilad and Itay Shuv Ami

Arguably no other central concept in the psychotherapeutic literature has evolved and was revised as extensibly in the last century, as the concept of countertransference. The evolution of this concept gave rise to far reaching and diverse clinical implications in the differing branches of the psychoanalytic tradition. However, this wealth of thought found its way into Schema Therapy theory and practice only in part. In our presentation, we wish to address diverse uses of countertransferential material by way of a clinical case study, that will be role-played on stage. We will present the case of D., a young doctor with a difficult childhood, and discuss differing views of countertransference phenomena and their clinical utility - as viewed through a Schema Therapy lens.

Expected points of Discussion

  • Therapist's schemas and modes as therapeutic obstacles.
  • Therapist's schemas and modes as diagnostic and therapeutic tools.
  • Can schema therapy incorporate into its framework contemporary concepts of countertransference?
Case Presentation Segment 2

Title: It Takes Two To Tango, But How Many Modes Does It Take To Have Sex? A Case Presentation on the Multiple Nature of Eroticism and Sexuality

Presenters: Offer Maurer, with discussants Michal Schoenberg Taz and Michal Ben Zvi Sommer

Utilizing the Schema Therapy model, therapists are accustomed to viewing different human behaviors as the result of internal pushes and pulls from multiple modes at play in a certain moment in time. Just like with a person engaging in self-destructive behavior a result of an internal co-activation of a 'punitive parent mode' and a 'vulnerable child mode' who's inflicted with the internal attack, sexual behaviors can also be looked at as reflecting a certain co-activation of modes. At this case presentation session, Emily Nagoski's celebrated idea of 'sexual Ons and Offs' will be discussed both as reflecting modes co-activation, but also as an internal process residing within each and every sexuality-related mode. Rich case material will be shared in order to elucidate these fascinating dynamics.

Expected points of Discussion

  • Re-thinking sexual behavior through the lens of the mode model
  • Utilizing Emily Nagoski's 'sexual ons and offs' concepts as reflecting modes co-activation, but also as an internal process residing within each and every sexuality-related mode
  • Looking at sexual difficulties and disorders through the lens of mode co-activation

About the Presenters

Dr. Offer Maurer (Ph.D.) is a clinical psychologist, the founding director of 'The New Wave in Psychotherapy Program' at the Interdisciplinary Centre, Hertzliya. He is also the co-founder of the Israeli Institute for Schema Therapy and the Chairperson of the Israeli Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he is also the founding director of the 'Gay-Friendly Therapists Team', a gay-friendly psychotherapy institute. A guest lecturer at various programs both in Israel and abroad. Works in private practice in Tel Aviv. His current writing attempts at theoretically bridging relational conceptualizations of self-multiplicity and experience-based clinical interventions in the spirit of Schema Therapy for severe personality disorders. A chapter he co-wrote with Rafaeli & Thoma titled ‘Working with Modes in Schema Therapy’ appeared in the book ‘Engaging Emotion in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Experiential Techniques for Promoting Lasting Change’ (Guilford Press).

Galit Goren Gilad is a clinical psychologist, and a certified schema therapist. She is currently working with individuals and couples in a private practice.

Dr. Itay Shuv-Ami is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Formerly the acting director of the emergency room of the Tel Aviv Community Mental Health Center, Dr. Shuv-Ami is currently in private practice in the Tel Aviv area, and teaches at the clinical and rehabilitative masters program at the department of psychology at Bar Ilan University, and at the post graduate program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at Tel Aviv University.

Why Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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