Surface to Depth

Fall 2013

This weekend we are interested in exploring what we call the journey from Surface to Depth – that is, how we as therapists and writers search within ourselves in order to connect more deeply with the other, whether patient or reader. As therapists we reach our patients through the development of a shared language, working to understand what they are experiencing. As writers we try to reach imagined readers, and invite them to inhabit a landscape of our making. Both of these approaches require the use of words to create shared and new meaning. The common thread between writers and therapists is that we seek a deeper understanding by drawing on the others’ memories, fantasies, associations and dreams, as well as our own. This weekend we are interested in exploring how we, as both therapist and writer, dig deep inside, from surface to depth, to find multi-layered meanings and to reach our audience in more profound and enriching ways.



ELIZABETH FRITSCH, PHD  is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Contemporary Freudian Society’s Institute, and President of the Society and Institute. She has written and presented on topics that include female sexuality, the mind of the analyst, supervision, and deepening the treatment. She has a private practice in McLean, Virginia.

JANE HALL, MSW is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Contemporary Freudian Society’s Institute and is also on the faculty of the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is a frequent contributor to the online International Psychoanalysis website and presents and publishes on deepening the treatment, supervision, and relinquishing orthodoxy in psychoanalytically-oriented therapies. In addition, she is the author of Deepening the Treatment and Roadblocks on the Journey of Psychotherapy. She has a private practice in New York City.

DANIEL MENAKER  is the former Editor-in-Chief of Random House publishing. Prior to that, he also was the Fiction Editor at The New Yorker for a number of years, where he was the first to publish a number of now-famous new authors. He has written five books, including two collections of short stories, a non-fiction book and a novel. He has twice won the O. Henry prize for short stories. Two of his books were New York Times Notable titles and one of them, a novel, The Treatment, was the basis of a movie by the same title with Ian Holm and Famke Janssen. He has taught graduate courses in narrative non-fiction and serves on the board of The Poetry Foundation. He lives in New York City.

HOWARD NORMAN is the author of seven novels, three memoirs, and a number of books for children. His most recent novel is Next Life Might Be Kinder, and his most recent memoir is I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place. His books are translated into fourteen languages. He has twice been short-listed for the National Book Award, has received the Lannan Award for fiction, the New England Book Award, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a professor of English at the University of Maryland and divides his time between Washington, DC and Vermont.