Participants will discuss one or two journal articles per meeting. The readings include a few classic papers, but most are contemporary. While they include theoretical, developmental, and applied topics, most have a clinical emphasis. Each meeting will be facilitated by a CFPS faculty member who has an interest in the topic.

Meetings are scheduled on the 1st Friday of the month from 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM (except February, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM).

Alumni Members, CFPS Faculty, Candidates and Trainees - No Charge

Non Alumni Members - $30 each or bundle packages - see annual fee section on this page

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Topics in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice with Special Emphasis on Gender and Gender Bias

August 2, 2019 - Facilitator: Penny Hooks, MD

Nannies, Caregivers, and Psychoanalysts - The 2011 movie, “The Help,” raised public awareness about the importance that nannies have in children’s lives.

September 6, 2019 - Facilitator: JoAnn Ponder, PhD

Transgender Identification and Development - Psychoanalysis was slow to keep pace with contemporary societal views about transsexuality

October 4, 2019 - Facilitator: Sharon Gerber, LCSW

Bullying and Harassment - Bullying and sexual harassment have reached epidemic proportions in U.S. society.

November 1, 2019 - Facilitator: Cynthia Lee, PhD

Ghosts, Phantoms, and Ancestral Hauntings - Our round table discussion coincides with the Mexican Holiday of Day of the Dead.

December 6, 2019 - Facilitator: Marianna Adler, PhD

When Ideas Won’t Flow: Writers’ Block - This discussion will focus on the phenomenon of writers’ block and explore various dynamics underlying it.

January 10, 2020 - Facilitator: Holly Crisp-Han, MD

Narcissism and Its Vicissitudes - The current sociopolitical environment has intensified public interest in narcissism and its manifestations.

February 7, 2020 - Facilitator: Gretchen Heyer, LPC

My Dog, My Cat, Myself - Psychoanalysts have recently shown an increasing interest in our relationships with non-human objects

March 6, 2020 - Facilitator: Randall Matthews, MD JD

Online Treatment: Theoretical and Ethical Considerations - This discussion will examine the pros, cons, and ethics of online treatment.

April 3, 2020 - Facilitator: M. Sagman Kayatekin MD

Descent into Despair: Suicide Dynamics - Suicidal patients present frightening challenges for clinicians, and many of us have or will experience the devastating loss of a patient or family member to suicide at some time in our lives.

May 1, 2020 - Facilitator: Letha Cole, MD

The Clinical Impasse - Few treatment situations are as humbling or frustrating to negotiate as the clinical impasse.


Facilitator: Oksana Yakushko, PhD

Friday, August 23, 2019

1:00 - 4:15 PM (12:30 PM Check-In)

The Council on Recovery - Houston

303 Jackson Hill Street, Houston, TX 77007


Registration Fees (includes snacks & beverages)

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Alumni Members/CFPS Faculty $75

Associate Members $100

Student Members/CFPS Candidates and Trainees $50

Non-Alumni Clinician Members $125



Susan Depew, LCSW

susan_depew@sbcglobal.net 5909 West Loop South, Suite 265Bellaire, TX 77401Phone: 713-306-8393

Ethan M. Klein, LCSW

ethanm.klein@gmail.com 730 N. Post Oak Rd., Suite 350Houston, TX 77025Phone: 832-282-4456


JoAnn I. Ponder, Ph.D.

joannponder@aim.com3660 Stone Ridge Road, Suite D102Austin, TX 78746Phone: 512-496-8244

2019-2020 MEMBERS

Monica Altamirano, LPC

alta_monica@yahoo.com 2208 Mimosa DriveHouston, TX 77019Phone: 713-298-4645

Kriste Babbitt, MD

kristebabbittmd@gmail.com4550 Post Oak Place Drive, Suite 320Houston, TX 77027Phone: 713-622-5480Cell: 713-269-1388Fax: 713-622-7381

Sharon Chada, PhD

drchada@yahoo.com50 Sugar Creek Center Blvd. #250Sugar Land, TX 77478Phone: 281-494-8666Fax: 281-265-5127

Linda Chase, LCSW

www.lindachaselcsw.com4119 Monstrose Blvd. Suite 220Houston, TX 77006Phone: 713-933-9335

Adriana Crane, LCSW

amcrane74@yahoo.com2180 N Loop West Suite 300Houston, TX 77018Phone: 281-468-1281

Leticia Fallick, MA, LPC

leticiafallick@gmail.com9575 Katy Freeway, Suite 355Houston, TX 77024 Phone: 713-400-7400Cell: 832- 423-0543Fax: 713-974-0870

Elaine Loiselle, PhD TSBEP

elainecalaway@mac.com4550 Post Oak Place, Ste. 252Houston, Texas 77027Phone: 832-567-2860

Martha Maer, LPC

mbmaer@comcast.net 3000 Richmond AvenueHouston, TX 77098Phone: 713-980-9890

Audrey Ryman-Watson, LCSW, CGP

audrey@audreyrymanlcsw.com4119 Montrose Boulevard, Suite 300Houston, Texas 77006Direct: 832.844.7002

Cecilia Samish, LCSW

csamish@hotmail.com 10303 Willowgrove DrHouston, TX 77035Phone: 713-661-4332

Stephanie Sim, MD

tanzania4@yahoo.com10701 Corporate Drive Suite 243Stafford, TX 77477Phone: 832-541-0609

Seema Thekdi, MD

smthekdi@gmail.com5615 Kirby Drive, Suite 530Houston, TX 77005Phone: 713-476-1642

Carol Wolfe, M.Ed

carol-wolfe@verizon.net7130 Lindsley Ave.Dallas, TX 75223Phone: 214-321-9155


Alumni Group Round Table Discussion Series

November 01, 2019 11:30 am to 1:00 pmCFPS Library - 900 Lovett, Houston, TX 77006

Ghosts, Phantoms, and Ancestral Hauntings

Cynthia Lee, PhD

Our roundtable discussion today coincides with the Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead. El Dia de los Muertos spans from October 31st to November 2nd, when families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink, and celebration. As psychoanalysts, we have come to recognize that people may be haunted by the souls of their ancestors and the massive collective trauma that their ancestors experienced. In a classical paper from 1988, author Haydee Faimberg presented an evocative case study of a “deadened” patient illustrating the telescoping of generations, or the disavowed trauma unconsciously transmitted to children and grandchildren. Esther Rashkin further explored the phantom intergenerational transmission, which she illustrated with an example from a film. Finally, Michael Feldman utilized a relational approach with alterations in the frame to treat a patient with manic defenses against transgenerational trauma. Feldman reminded us that analysts must recognize and witness their own traumatic inheritance in order to effectively work with such patients.

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Alumni Group Round Table Discussion Series - December 06, 2019 - When Ideas Won't Flow: Writers' Block

Alumni Group Round Table Discussion Series - November 01, 2019 - Ghosts, Phantoms, and Ancestral Hauntings

Alumni Group Round Table Discussion Series - October 4, 2019 - Bullying and Harassment

Alumni Group Round Table Discussion Series - September 6, 2019 - Transgender Identification and Development

Alumni Group Round Table Discussion Series - August 2, 2019 - Nannies, Caregivers, and Psychoanalysts

2019-2020 Diversity Conference - Gendered Hatred/Gendered Love: Working psychoanalytically in the era of contemporary misogynies


All CFPS graduates of the studies of psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy are eligible to join the Alumni Group.

Monthly Meetings are available by video conference for those outside of Houston. Lunch is provided with RSVP for those in Houston.

Alumni - $150

Alumni who want PEP-WEB

  • Attendance at monthly meetings
  • 1.5 CE/CMEs per meeting
  • Lunch is included with RSVP
  • Discounted rate for Conference
  • Year-long subscription to the PEP-WEB online psychoanalytic library

Alumni Associate - $100

Alumni who do not want PEP-WEB

  • Attendance at monthly meetings
  • 1.5 CE/CMEs per meeting
  • Lunch is included with RSVP
  • Discounted rate for Conference

Student Membership - $50

Students enrolled in a full-time program or CFPS Candidates and Trainees

  • Attendance at monthly meetings
  • 1.5 CE/CMEs per meeting
  • Lunch is included with RSVP
  • Discounted rate for Conference
  • Year-long subscription to the PEP-WEB online psychoanalytic library

Non-Alumni Clinicians Program CME Fees

1.5 CE/CMEs and lunch include with RSVP

Monthly Meetings - $30

Five (5) Monthly Meetings - $125

Ten (10) Monthly meetings - $225

Discounted rates for bundle pricing must be paid in advance


Only graduates/alumni from CFPS are eligible to join the Alumni Group. All others may pay the fee to attend the sessions.