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Dr. Eric Sherman



A Psychoanalytic Approach to Treating Chronic Pain Syndromes Panel The Mind and Body in Pain: Two Responses to a Case Presentation Division 39 Spring Meeting: Atlanta, April 7, 2016




On Saturday, December 5, 2015, Dr. Eric Sherman taught a mini course, "An Introduction to a Psychoanalytically-Based Treatment Approach to Psychophysiologic (Psychosomatic) Pain Disorders to members of The Psychoanalytic Society of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

This mini course focused on the recognition of psychophysiologic pain syndromes, as well as understanding their development from a psychoanalytic perspective. Dr. Sherman demonstrated how all too often physicians who treat pain, psychotherapists, and even people struggling with musculoskeletal pain erroneously attribute physical problems exclusively to anatomical defects, thereby "medicalizing" them. This failure to recognize the crucial role psychodynamic factors play in the development of persistent musculoskeletal pain undermines the effectiveness of clinicians and inadvertently deprives people of beneficial treatment.

Dr. Sherman's presentation was well-received and he was invited back to give this mini course next fall.




Master Class Pre-Conference Workshop with Drs. Marilyn Jacobs and Lekeisha Sumner Division 39 Spring Meeting: San Francisco, April 22-26, 2015 On Reclaiming the Treatment of Pain Syndromes and Somatic Disorders for Psychoanalysis: A Comprehensive Exploration and Review




New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, CA: Case Presentation: Adelaide's Lament--Misdiagnosis and (Mis)treatment of PPD Patients, April 16, 2015




New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Clinic Conference, New York City: March 20, 2015 Case Presentation




October 21, 2014 The William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis &Psychology, New York City: Grand Rounds Case Presentation: A Cascade of Errors--Misdiagnosis and (Mis)treatment of PPD Patients




April 26, 2014 A Psychoanalytic Approach to Working with Pain Patients Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis (PSP)




2013: Faculty, A Master Class in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychophysiologic Disorders (PPD), NYC




When Stress Causes Pain: Innovative Treatments for Psychophysiologic Disorders New York City October 6, 2012. New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis & The Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA) The New York Academy of Medicine. Keynote Speaker: RAJA SELVAM, PhD

The psychoanalytic context for this groundbreaking conference was provided by Lewis Aron, PhD, ABPP, Director of the NYU Postdoctoral Program. Spyros Orfanos, PhD, ABPP, Clinic Director of the Postdoctoral Program, provided the closing summation.

Additional speakers were: David D. Clarke MD, Howard Schubiner MD, Rob Munger MA MS, Frances Sommer Anderson PhD SEP(Chair, Planning Committee), Eric Sherman PsyD (Co-Chair, Planning Committee), Sharone Bergner PhD, Mary-Joan Gerson PhD ABPP, Evelyn Rappaport PhD SEP, Peter P. Zafirides, MD and Alan Gordon LCSW.




3/27/2010–3/28/2010: When Stress Causes Pain: Innovative Treatments for Mind-Body Disorders, LA




2009: Founding Members of PPDA






Dr. Frances Sommer Anderson



Anderson, F. S. (2017). It Was Not Safe to Feel Angry: Disrupted Early Attachment and the Development of Chronic Pain in Later Life. Attachment, 11(3), 223-241.




May 20, 2017 Dr. Anderson presented at Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) Conference in Denver

Dr. Anderson presented at the Symposium: Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Chronic Pain by Enhancing Emotional Awareness on May 20, 2017. The symposium was organized by Richard Lane, MD. The symposium begun with a presentation, "Effect of Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy for Pain in Fibromyalgia," by Howard Schubiner, MD.
Dr. Anderson presented clinical material, "No Longer Afrai d to Feel: Illustrating how emotional awareness relieves chronic pain". Dr. Lane concluded the panel by presenting, "A Brain-Based Model of How Promoting Emotional Awareness May Attenuate Chronic Pain".




October 28 and 29, 2017 for the 3rd Columbia Psychosomatic Conference in NYC

Conference Title: Advances in Psychotherapeutic Treatments for Persistent Somatic Distress: towards reversing effects of early interpersonal adversity on the body

From presentations on basic neuroscience and infant-caregiver interaction research to lectures on specific psychotherapy approaches particularly helpful for somatic symptom presentations, an international group of leading researchers and clinicians engaged the audience in conceptual explorations of this topic and discussions of specific clinical techniques. In addition, workshops on several psychotherapeutic approaches to treating somatic distress post early adversity helped both clinicians and researchers experienced up close what transpires in psychotherapy sessions with somatic symptom patients which can inform clinical practice as well as research.

Dr. Sommer Anderson contributed last Sunday October 29.

Clinical and Theoretical Paper Integrating Relational Psychoanalysis and Somatic Experiencing® to Treat Early Adversity: A clinical case illustration

Workshop Treating the Lingering Impact of Early Pain Memories: An experiential and didactic exploration




American Pain Society Conference: Neuroscience of Pain: Early Adversity, Mechanisms and Treatment. Invited Presentation: Growing Up Afraid: Early attachment disruption, emotional regulation, and somatic pain. October 15, 2016. New York City.




October 15, 2016 Neuroscience of Pain: Early Life Adversity, Mechanisms and Treatment, New York Marriott Downtown




A Psychoanalytic Approach to Treating Chronic Pain Syndromes Panel The Mind and Body in Pain: Two Responses to a Case Presentation Division 39 Spring Meeting: Atlanta, April 7, 2016




February 6, 2016 Invited Workshop: When My Patient Experiences Somatic Distress: Techniques to Enhance Self-Regulation. Sponsored by the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI): New York Chapter In Conjunction with the NYU Postdoctoral Program In Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. New York City: New York University.




January 24, 2016 Mini Course: Experiencing the Pain Matrix® for eight members of The Psychoanalytic Society of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. New York City.




Anderson, Frances, Sommer. "Pathways to Pain Relief—An Introduction1." Attachment: New Directions in Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy 9.1 (2015): 19-28.




Laura (pseudonym) and Frances Sommer Anderson (2015) My Other Yoga: A Patient's Journey On and Off the Mat. In Yoga Therapy:Theory and Practice (eds.) Ellen G. Horovitz & Staffan Elgelid. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.




Anderson, Frances Sommer. "Pathways to Pain Relief—An Introduction." Attachment 9.1 (2015A): 19-28.




"No Matter How Hard I Try...!" Surmounting the Challenges in Treating Psychophysiologic Disorders. SIRPA Practitioner Training Course. London, England. April 26, 2015




Experiencing the Pain Matrix® Workshop for The Bowlby Centre, London, England. April 26, 2015.




Invited 22nd John Bowlby Keynote Lecture: "It Wasn't Safe to Feel Angry:" Early Attachment Disruptions and the Development of Chronic Pain in Later Life. The Bowlby Centre, London, England. April 25, 2015.




Anderson, Frances Sommer, and Eric Sherman. Pathways to Pain Relief. CreateSpace, 2013.




When Stress Causes Pain: Innovative Treatments for Psychophysiologic Disorders New York City October 6, 2012.New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis & The Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA) The New York Academy of Medicine. Keynote Speaker: RAJA SELVAM, PhD

The psychoanalytic context for this groundbreaking conference was provided by Lewis Aron, PhD, ABPP, Director of the NYU Postdoctoral Program. Spyros Orfanos, PhD, ABPP, Clinic Director of the Postdoctoral Program, provided the closing summation.

Additional speakers were: David D. Clarke MD, Howard Schubiner MD, Rob Munger MA MS, Frances Sommer Anderson PhD SEP(Chair, Planning Committee), Eric Sherman PsyD (Co-Chair, Planning Committee), Sharone Bergner PhD, Mary-Joan Gerson PhD ABPP, Evelyn Rappaport PhD SEP, Peter P. Zafirides, MD and Alan Gordon LCSW.




When Stress Causes Pain: Innovative Treatments for Mind-Body Disorders Los Angeles, March 28, 2010. . "Experiencing the Pain Matrix" & "A Treatment Approach Illustrated in "Ellen's Story: Psychic Elaboration of Musculoskeletal Pain."




Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association/Division of Psychoanalysis (39), Boston, MA, August 14-17, 2008. "Exploring the Analyst's Bodily Response to Traumatic Narratives" on the panel Psychoanalysis at the Extremes of Human Experience.




Living With Medical Conditions Study Group at William Alanson White Institute, New York City, June 12, 2008. "Experiencing the Complexity of Somatic Pain."




28th Annual Spring Meeting of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association, New York City, April 12, 2008. "When the Analyst Changes Her Face: Speaking, and Not Speaking, About Plastic Surgery" on the Steering Committee Invited Roundtable Discussion: Just Ask Already! Talking About the Analyst's Physical Self.




Invited Experiential Demonstration at the 28th Annual Spring Meeting of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association, New York City, April 11, 2008. "Knowing What You Know, and Don't Want to Know, About Your Patient's Body"