The Therapist’s Denial of the Destructive Sides of Their Personality

Friday Evening Oct 20th and Saturday Oct 21st, 2017

with Avedis Panajian, PhD, ABPP

This fall, COR will welcome back psychoanalyst Avedis Panajian, Ph.D ABPP for another series of engaging and challenging lectures to be held at the Seattle School of  Theology and Psychology on October 20th and 21st, 2017. In his last visit in February, Dr. Panajian addressed his understanding of the essential components that foster emotional and mental growth within the therapeutic relationship. As in many of his previous lectures, he pushed his audience to reflect on the myriad ways in which the therapist can contribute to – and undermine – her patient’s capacity tolerate and understand her lived experience, drawing on object relationists like Bion and Winnicott, as well as his own ample and colorful clinical experiences, to make his argument.

Continuing his exploration of this subject, Dr. Panajian’s upcoming visit will explore early developmental issues that contribute to the therapist’s distorted views of herself and her patients. These kinds of distortions (often taking the frorm of infantile delusions and fantasies of omnipotence) make it more difficult for a therapist to grasp the complexity of her own psychic reality, her patient’s internal and external world, and reality in the widest sense. Dr. Panajian will focus on the therapist’s rigid resistances against her own and her patients’ unconscious processes and repressed material, and ways in which therapists must can be attuned to their resistance to their own loss, suffering, and mental growth. As always, Dr. Panajian’s lecture will be sure to stimulate, push, and entertain his audience. For more information, visit and be sure to look out for upcoming email advertisements about the event as it approaches.


In the first portion of Dr. Panajian’s October seminar, he will focus on the psychotic aspects of psychotherapists and patients, exploring the ways these powerful but often neglected forces undermine a therapist’s work with her patients. He will lecture on the role that training, therapy, supervision, and unhealthy lifestyle adaptations play in this neglect and how these problems can be counteracted. Deepening his exploration of psychotic aspects of the personality, Dr. Panajian will address how trauma becomes source of psychopathology during infancy and the major defenses that are formed in its wake. He will distinguish between defenses and psychopathological organizations leading to psychotic withdrawal, sensory withdrawal, sadomasochism, and delusion. Dr. Panajian will draw on his extensive clinical experience to give these theoretical explorations an immediate and clinically-oriented context.


Continuing the previous evening’s explorations of psychotic phenomena, Dr. Panajian will lecture on the distinction between the repressed and unrepressed unconscious processes that shape the world of the psychotic mind. Applying this distinction to clinical work, Dr. Panajian will discuss the importance of a psychotherapist’s capacity to help a patient work through the various forms of resistance they may have to recognizing and tolerating their own psychotic experience, and the myriad ways in which therapists and patients avoid a tolerant recognition of this reality. Dr. Panajian will conclude his lecture with an exploration of the challenges that a psychotherapist faces when is afraid of being receptive to the inchoate potentials for meaning that inhere to psychotic experiences, and severely doubts ones own ability to tolerate and even enjoy the mystery and immediacy of working with psychotic material.



Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Registration from 6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Registration from 8:30am – 9:00am)


The Seattle School
2501 Elliott Ave
Seattle, WA 98121


Early Bird Prices (Before September 3, 2017)

Entire event (10/20 and 10/21)

Retired: $55, COR Member: $85, Non-member: $100, Grad Student: $70

Friday (10/20) Only

Retired: $23, COR Member: $33, Non-member: $43, Grad Student: $28

Saturday (10/21) Only

Retired: $42, COR Member: $62, Non-member: $72, Grad Student: $52


Regular Prices (After September 3, 2017)

Entire event (10/20 and 10/21)

Retired: $60, COR Member: $90, Non-member: $105, Grad Student: $75

Friday (10/20) Only

Retired: $25, COR Member: $35, Non-member: $40, Grad Student: $30

Saturday (10/21) Only

Retired: $45, COR Member: $65, Non-member: $75, Grad Student: $55


Register Online or mail a check to:

Jeff Grant PhD LMHC

1812 E Madison #205

Seattle, WA 98105

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