Psychoanalysis and meditation when practiced together provide a richer experience than either discipline alone, and this workshop will demonstrate how psychoanalysis/psychodynamic psychotherapy and meditation can be integrated. Participants will consider the way meditation cultivates attentiveness, refines sensory clarity, lessens self-criticism, increases affect tolerance, and thereby deepens psychoanalytic listening. Dr. Rubin will also examine how psychoanalytic understandings of unconscious communication and meaning illuminate and transform meditation. Meditative exercises and clinical material will illustrate Dr. Rubin’s theoretical reflections.
At the end of this conference, participants will be able to:
1. Identify how psychoanalysis and meditation complement one another.
2. Discuss how psychoanalysis/psychotherapy and meditative practices can be integrated.
3. Apply the integration of therapy and meditation to clinical cases.
4. Describe Dr. Rubin’s meditative psychotherapy approach.
Jeffrey B. Rubin, PhD, is a practicing psychotherapist and teacher of meditation in New York City and Bedford Hills, New York. The creator of meditative psychotherapy, he is the author of The Art of Flourishing Psychotherapy and Buddhism, The Good Life, and A Psychoanalysis for Our Time. He has taught at universities, psychoanalytic institutes, and Buddhist and yoga centers.