California School of Professional Psychology
San Francisco Beach St Campus
Alliant International University San Francisco
One Beach Street, Suite 100
San Francisco CA 94133-1221
Courses, Research Interests, Publications
Advanced Clinical Seminar
Research Proposal Design (Psychotherapy)
Advanced Clinical Skills - Personality Disorders
Theory and Technique (Psychodynamic)
Intersubjectivity; gender and sexuality; interaction of affect and clinical judgment; the process of therapeutic interactions; schools of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Gerson, S. (2011). Hysteria and humiliation. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21:517-530.
Gerson, S. (2011). Humiliation and the cultural and relational structuring of hysteria. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21(5): 548-550.
Gerson, S. (2011). The Myth of Samson: Omnipotence, Alienation, and Destructive Narcissism. Studies in Gender and Sexuality. 12(2):89-96.
Gerson, S. (2009). When the third is dead: Memory, mourning and witnessing in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Int. J. Psychoanalysis, 90: 1341-1357. Reprinted in Psyche: Zeitschrift fur Psychoanlyse, March 2011, 65(3): 193-217. Reprinted in Aron, L. & Harris, A. (Eds.) Relational Psychoanalysis, V4, Routledge, New York: 2011.
Gerson, S. (2008). Unconscious phantasy and relational reality. Psychoanalytic Inquiry. 28(2): 151-168.
Gerson, S. (2006). The elusiveness of the relational unconscious. Psychoanalytic Dialogues. 16(2): 217-225.
Gerson, S. (2004). The relational unconscious. Implications for intersubjectivity, "thirdness", and clinical process. Psychoanal. Quart., 73:101-136.
"The Theoretical Bases for Clinical Intersubjective Practice" California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA; December 12, 2013
"Mourning and Melancholia" After the Holocaust: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of the Suicides of Jean Amery, Paul Celan, and Primo Levi. International Psychoanalytic Association Congress. Prague, Czechoslovakia; July 31, 2013.
"Critical Psychoanalytic Junctures", Day Seminar, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 16, 2013.
"Passion in the Transference" Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and Society. Sept. 24, 2013. Chicago, IL.
Freud's "Mourning and Melancholia" After the Holocaust: A Psychoanalytic Kaddish for Jean Amery, Paul Celan, and Primo Levi. Invited Presentation. San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. San Francisco, CA. January 18, 2013.
Descendants of the Holocaust - Shadow Memories and Shadowed by Memory. Invited Plenary Panel - "The Wounds of History; Repair and Resilience in the Trans-Generational Transmission of Trauma". New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. New York, NY. March 1, 2013.
Invited Presentation and Discussion, "When the Third is Dead", Online Colloquium Series #20, International Assoc. for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, May 4-May 18, 2012.
The Relational Approach in Psychoanalytic Psychology, South Bay Community for Psychoanalytic Studies, Menlo Park, CA. Sept. 22, 2012.
Contemporary Developments in Intersubjective Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice. California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA; December 14, 2012.
Death is Nothing At All: On Imagining Non-Existence - A Relational Psychoanalytic Engagement of the Fear of Death. Invited Discussant of paper by Martin Frommer, Ph.D.; Int. Assoc. for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. New York, NY; March 2, 2012.
Tony Kushner's "Terminating"; Invited Discussant. The Psychotherapy Institute. Berkeley, CA; March 23, 2012.
Negative Therapeutic Reaction: A Comparative Look. Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. San Francisco, CA; April 30, 2012
Advisory Board, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, NYC, NY., 2006
Board of Directors, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, NYC, NY., 2000-2006
Academic History and Background
Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, San Francisco, CA, 1995
PhD, University of Texas, Austin, 1978
Elected panelist, Video Grand Jury, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP-WEB), November 2013-present.
Elise M. Hayman Award for the Study of the Genocide and the Holocaust. International Psychoanalytic Association, Berlin, Germany, July 26, 2007.
Professional Practice and Community Service
Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst - International Psychoanalytic Association, 2005
Faculty - San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, SF, CA, 2005-2007
Faculty - Department of Psychiatry, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, 2005-2007
Faculty - Department of Psychiatry, Mt. Zion Hospital. University of California at San Francisco, 1996-2000
Editorial Review Panel, International J. of Psychoanalysis
Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues