Spring 2022 President's Message

Sunday, May 01, 2022 2:44 PM | Anonymous
by Dominique Yarritu, PhD, LMFT

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I had imagined writing my first president’s message announcing that life had returned to some sort of normal, not the pre-Covid life we were so used to, probably took for granted, and which seems now to be a figment of our memory, but one filled with in-person meetings, networking events, and live presentations at our favorite venues. Unfortunately, we are still in the midst of a turbulent time, a definitely more hybrid life where some of us are still hesitant to drop the mask where others are taking a leap of faith. I do hope we will see a clearing that will allow us to get together with as little worry as possible as soon as the month of May. We have a few programs lined up that we have worked hard to bring to you.

This quarter, the newsletter mirrors our spring luncheon and workshop programming as we cover the themes of motherhood, pregnancy, and parenting. In February, we hosted Dr. Ruchi Puri, MSc FACOG, who spoke to us about Be·ology, a new approach to pregnancy, a time in a woman’s life that she describes as “a sacred phase that is an initiation and rite of passage into parenthood”. You can read more about Embodied Pregnancy HERE and if you would like, you can also access the recording of her February luncheon HERE. Ana Morante, LMFT, CFLE will speak on Friday 25th about the “Safe, Secure and Loved Program built on important scientific research and theories (e.g., attachment, interpersonal neurobiology and polyvagal) and promotes a vision for community healing community”. I was particularly moved to hear that mothers who had attended the program take on the work of educating and supporting other women with children in the 0-3 age range. I hope you will enjoy reading the community focus featuring Kalpana Asok who speaks of her work with the South Indian community. She shares how she “wanted to publicize to the South Asian community ‘please, don’t send your children off to be raised by your parents for one year or two years’ because I was seeing firsthand how important that disruption of the attachment process was; they just viewed it as children, babies can easily be reared there by their own parents, not as a disruption”. Last but not least, if you are interested in getting a few tips about parenting, Geetha Narayanan’s piece will offer a reflection on how to best help teenagers through the lens of interpersonal neurobiology. 

 We have a new feature, along what we have been offering as of late: every quarter, Mark Mouro will write a column about his training at the Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PAPPTP). It is interesting to see how psychoanalysis has changed and has become more adaptable to the type of psychotherapy that many patients are looking for. Albeit longer than solution-focused, many of its tenets may be used beneficially to understand the patient and thus, the therapeutic relationship in a deeper manner.

I am leaving you with a view of the Louvre in Paris, where I am writing this from. I wish you all a happy Spring; may you all be safe and may you all be at ease. Please keep in touch, we love to hear from you.

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