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CULTIVATING AN INFORMED HEART: Affect-Centered Work with the Survivors of Early Childhood Trauma, a workshop with Donald Kalsched

  • Saturday, September 18, 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Zoom, Eastern Time


  • Members who are either seniors over 65 or full time students

This program will not be recorded


Severe early trauma often constitutes an injury to the capacity to feel. This difficulty in the ability to consciously experience, relate to, and regulate feelings, often lasts a lifetime and leads to serious difficulties in human relationships and the secure attachments to others that makes intimacy possible. In this seminar we will explore ways to restore this feeling-capacity through body-centered attention in the psychotherapy dyad to feelings- in-the-moment and to the defenses that prevent such feelings from becoming conscious. Using imaginative techniques as well as Jungian-informed dream work, Dr. Kalsched will demonstrate how the depth-psychotherapy relationship can serve as a major vehicle for the healing of trauma.

Donald Kalsched, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and Jungian Psychoanalyst who practices in Brunswick Maine. He is a member of the C. G. Jung Institute of New England, and a training analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. His celebrated book The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit (Routledge 1996) explores the interface between contemporary psychoanalytic theory and Jungian thought as it relates to practical clinical work with the survivors of early childhood trauma. His more recent book, Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption (Routledge, 2013) explores some of the mystical dimensions of clinical work with trauma-survivors. For more information or to contact Dr. Kalsched, visit

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