Problems in Living, presented by Sandra Buechler, PhD
Event Start Date: 3/30/2019 7:30 PM
Event End Date: 3/30/2019 9:00 PM

The Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Margaret Crastnopol are proud to sponsor an evening of clinical conversation with Sandra Buechler, PhD.

The Interpersonalist Harry Stack Sullivan and his followers famously called individuals’ psychopathology or character issues very simply their particular “problems in living.” In this evening’s presentation, Dr. Buechler draws from her soon-to-be-published book to explore how we can best work with these psychic issues in the particular context of the universal “life problems” of aging, mourning, bearing uncertainty, loneliness, and troubled relationships with others. She explores how the analytic clinician can bolster patients’ capacities for resilience, forgiveness, courage, and creativity as they handle life’s most challenging trials and tribulations.

Coffee, tea, and desserts will be provided starting at 7:15pm, and the program will start at 7:30pm.

Learning Objectives
  1. Participants will be able to articulate some treatment strategies for helping patients/clients work with recurring difficulties in their lives, helping them access strengths like resilience and courage.
  2. Participants will be able to name and better address some of the obstacles that can prevent people from being able to cope with life challenges.
For Further Information, contact Margaret Crastnopol via email at

About the Presenter:
Sandra Buechler, PhD
, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at William Alanson White Institute (NYC). She is the author of five psychoanalytic books. Clinical Values: Emotions that Guide Psychoanalytic Treatment (Analytic Press, 2004) examines hope, courage, and other values. Making a Difference in Patients’ Lives: Emotional Experience in the Therapeutic Setting (Routledge, 2008) discusses therapeutic process. Still Practicing: The Heartaches and Joys of a Clinical Career (Routledge, 2012) examines clinicians’ shame, sorrow, and resilience. Understanding and Treating Patients in Clinical Psychoanalysis: Lessons from Literature (Routledge, 2015) uses short stories to illuminate coping styles, and Psychoanalytic Reflections: Training and Practice (IP Books, 2017) reflects on the process of becoming a psychoanalyst and integrating an analytic career with other walks of life.

About the Moderator/Discussant:
Margaret (Peggy) Crastnopol, PhD
, is on the faculty of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, is a supervisor of psychotherapy and faculty at William Alanson White Institute (NYC), and is a Training and Supervising Analyst at ICP-LA. She is an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and on the editorial board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Dr. Crastnopol is on the executive committee and the board of directors of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She is the author of Micro-trauma: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury (Routledge, 2015), as well as numerous other published articles. Dr. Crastnopol is in private practice for the treatment of individuals and couples in Seattle, WA.

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