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Letter from Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society President-Elect, Joseph Assouline, Psy.D., to membership- June 2020

June 01, 2020 9:55 PM | Anonymous

Dear members of TBPS,

Writing this, I notice it is difficult to find the right words, a sound interpretation for the events that have recently taken place. Perhaps it is not about having the right words or interpretation but listening and bearing witness that is of importance. As psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists, we seek to understand. We seek to hold, contain, and transmute what is brought to the therapy session so that others may grow. It is our duty to bear witness to the pain, suffering, feelings of betrayal and rage following the recent killings of members of the black community and the intergenerational trauma the black community has faced. It is our duty to look within ourselves, at our privilege, our preconceived notions, our biases, at our countertransference and transference, in the face of such tragedy. Lastly, it is our duty to bring what is in darkness into the light (“where id was there ego shall be”), despite the difficult conversations it may create. Through these difficult conversations we can affect our community. If ever there was a time, this is the time to do what we do best: listen, empathize, and support to create change.

Below you will find a link to the American Psychoanalytic Association’s statement regarding racism and recent events:

https://apsa.org/content/racism-needs-be-heard-and-addressed

Warm regards,

Joseph Assouline, Psy.D.

TBPS President-Elect


TBPS provides high quality continuing education seminars and study groups in psychoanalytic theory and clinical application. It offers a supportive, inclusive, collegial community for mental health professionals in the Tampa Bay area.
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