The Art of Psychosomatics: The Tipping Point Between the Body and the Emotions

June 16, 2022, 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Pacific Time


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

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The Art of Psychosomatics

Expert Child Analyst Weekend

June 16-18, 2022

Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, MD, PhD

Photo of Christine Anzieu-Premmereur


Essential depression, impoverished emotional life and limited capacity for free association are frequent accompaniments for patients presenting with somatic disorders. Under particular conditions, overwhelming unbearable emotions may move into expression by way of the body and communicate substantial emotional suffering.


The Tipping Point Between the Body and the Emotions: 

A case study of an adult patient’s journey from extreme action

to somatic eruption to emotions

A young man with behavior changes, rashes, and severe colitis presented with emotional withdrawal. Affect suppression is a  defense mechanism that seeks to erase feelings and emotions. If the capacity for representation has not fully developed, the whole of psychic functioning can be damaged with resulting somatic symptoms. Having a theoretical framework that allows for interpreting the lack of representation opens the way to specific interventions. From this perspective, the role of the psychoanalyst is to provide the patient with structure and containment as well as the capacity for symbolization. 

Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain how essential depression can lead to somatic eruption
  • Describe the connection between specific unconscious issues linked to early trauma and psychosomatic symptoms
  • Summarize technical approaches to deepen the therapeutic process with an adult patient who initially lacks the capacity for free association

 Presenter and Moderator



Presenter: Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, MD, PhD, is a French child and adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst trained in Paris at Institut de Psychanalyse de Paris. In New York City since 2000, she is Assistant Clinical Professor in psychiatry at Columbia University and on the faculty at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center where she is Director of the Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Program.  A member at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, she chairs the discussion group on Parent-Infant Programs at the American Psychoanalytic Association, and she is the chair of the IPA Committee for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis. She co-edited the 2017 book “A Psychoanalytic Exploration of the Body in Today’s World: On the Body”.



images/Susan_Donner_Mom_s_Favorite.JPGModerator: Susan Donner, MD, is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Woodland Hills, CA and an Associate Clinical Professor in Adult and Child Psychiatry at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. She is a Training and Child, Adolescent and Adult Supervising Analyst, Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training, and Director of the NCP 0-21 Child and Adolescent Clinic at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.


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  • 2 CE credits offered for this date.
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