The Spectrum of Analytic Oneness: Two-in-oneness to at-one-ment – Theoretical-clinical thoughts and experiences with Dr. Ofra Eshel

January 24, 2021, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This meeting will take place online via Zoom. Once you register, you will receive an email with the link and more information.

*** Registration will close at 4:00 PM the day before the event. No registrations are possible after this time.

The New Center for Psychoanalysis is pleased to welcome

Dr. Ofra Eshel

This presentation, as well as Dr. Eshel's writings over the years, explores a fundamental dimension of analytic work created by the analyst/therapist’s “presencing” (being there) within the patient’s experiential world and the grip of the analytic process, and the ensuing deep patient-analyst interconnectedness or “withnessing” that may grow into at-one-ment with the patient’s innermost emotional reality of unthinkable breakdown and catastrophic psychic trauma (Winnicott and late Bion). This dimension, with its profound ontological implications, engenders markedly new possibilities for extending the reach of psychoanalytic treatment to more disturbed patients and difficult treatment situations. It goes beyond recent analytic notions of intersubjectivity and witnessing to more radical patient-analyst deep-level analytic oneness. Dr. Eshel will provide four clinical examples (Symington, Ogden, and two of her own), and a personal example by Israeli writer David Grossman, and highlight how withnessing presence converges with and differs from other ways of profound interconnectedness, as described by Ogden, Ferro, Grotstein, Eigen, Botella & Botella’s ”Psychic Figurability,” and de M’Uzan’s “Psychological Chimera.”
In Dr. Eshel's view, the ontological experience of analytic oneness becomes an experience and language of new possibility, especially within states of breakdown, devastation, core deadness, and emptiness. It is the place wherein lies the very heart of psychoanalysis and, she would add, its wonder.
All times are PACIFIC TIME
10:00 - 10:15 am   Welcome and introductions
10:15 - 11:30 am    Ofra Eshel: The Spectrum of Analytic Oneness
11:30 am - 12:00 pm   Q&A & discussion with the participants
12:00 - 12:30 pm   Break
12:30 - 1:15 pm   David G. Power, discussant
1:15 - 2:00 pm   Q & A & discussion with the participants

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this program, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the essentials of presencing, withnessing and at-one-ment as a fundamental dimension of analytic work
  • Describe the difference between the analyst’s experience of intersubjectivity and the analyst’s experience of “presencing” and “withnessing”
  • Explain the spectrum of analytic oneness, spanning the various ways of patient-analyst deep interconnectedness described by Ogden, Ferro, Grotstein, Eigen, Botella & Botella’s ”Psychic Figurability,” and de M’Uzan’s “Psychological Chimera”
  • Discuss the critical question: To what extent is the analyst willing and able to open the boundaries of his/her psyche to the patient, especially in difficult, unbearable and devastated-devastating states? 


Photo of Ofra EshelOfra Eshel, PsyD is a faculty member, training and supervising analyst of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA); vice-president of the International Winnicott Association (IWA); founder and head of the postgraduate track "Independent Psychoanalysis: Radical Breakthroughs" at the advanced studies of the Program of Psychotherapy, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. Her papers have been published in psychoanalytic journals and books and presented in national and international conferences all over the world. She is in private practice in Tel Aviv, Israel.



Photo of David G. PowerDavid G. Power, PhD, is a founding director of the The Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies. He is Past President, Supervisory and Teaching Analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and on the active teaching faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, (PT), Harvard Medical School at Cambridge Health Alliance. He is co-editor with Howard Levine of Engaging Primitive Anxieties of the Emerging Self (Karnac, 2017). He maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and supervision in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Target audience: Experienced mental health professionals

3.25 CE/CME Credits

Registration: $50.00; Free for international attendees, students and clinical associates, interns and residents


This Conference was made possible by the Leonard J. Comess Israel Teaching Fund, the Stoller Lecture Fund, and the New Center for Psychoanalysis.
Conference Coordinator: Dahlia Nissan Russ, PsyD, LCSW

Conference Committee: Peter Loewenberg, PhD; David James Fisher, PhD; Meiram Bendat, JD, PhD; Rina Freedman, PsyD; and Committee Chair Dahlia Nissan Russ PsyD, LCSW

Program Subcommittee: Michael Gales, MD, Heather Silverman, MD, co-chairs; and Thomas Brod, MD


"How do I get my CE/CME Credit?"

  1. Pre-Register below
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  2. You will receive an email with an evaluation 2 days after the event
  3. Complete the evaluation
  4. Wait 2 business days
  5. Download your Certificate on the NCP website



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

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