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Professional Development Series

Saturday, September 11th
10 AM - 12 PM
Saturday, October 16th
10 AM - 12 PM
Saturday, November 13th
10 AM - 12 PM
Saturday, December 11th
10 AM - 12 PM
Dr. Kathy MacLeay
Modern Psychoanalysis

Modern psychoanalysis rests upon the theoretical framework and clinical approach of Sigmund Freud, who defined psychoanalysis as any line of investigation that takes transference and resistance as the starting point of its work. It is the name given by Hyman Spotnitz to describe a body of developments in the theory of technique in order to apply the psychoanalytic method to the treatment of certain disorders previously thought to be untreatable by that method.

Dr. MacLeay has been in private practice for more than 30 years.

Dr. Jack Mayhall
Alchemical Symbolism in Psychotherapy

During the last thirty years of his life, Jung turned to alchemy as a fundamental resource for depth psychology. In alchemy he found images and thoughts that were uniquely fitted to his perceptions of psychological life and that confirmed his views of the spontaneous activity and directedness of the unconscious. This seminar will present a brief overview of alchemy to help develop an understanding of the relation of alchemical symbols to psychotherapy and individuation.

Dr. Mayhall has been in private practice for 30 years and has served a faculty member and administrator at The Chicago School.  He has been the Executive Director at The Center since 2017.

Dr. Rachel Bar
Money Matters, Fee Matters: What We Don't Talk About in Therapy

This is a workshop that deals with uncomfortable topics.  Hopefully this will be the first step in creating a comfortable dialogue and providing the language while discussing money, finance, and fees in therapy.

Dr. Rachel Bar wears many hats.  She's been an AAMFT supervisor at three counseling centers, a clinical director at SFVCC, a workshop presenter and a teacher.  In her private practice, Rachel sees couples and individuals and despite having years of experience, she keeps on challenging herself by learning new therapeutic modalities and incorporating them into her work.  Being trained in EMDR, hypnosis, somatic experience, EFT, Narrative therapy and more, Rachel has the ability to make choices based on her client's needs.  Rachel believes in walking the walk and not just talking the talk.

Lynell Weiss, LMFT
He(art) Therapy

In this session, attendees will learn about art therapy, who it's for, how it can be used with clients.  The session will be experiential and group-driven.


Lynell is an LMFT and certified art therapist practicing in the San Fernando Valley. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, she specializes in Art Therapy, a form of therapy that integrates traditional talk therapy with the creative process. This approach provides the space to explore and express internal feelings, beliefs, and somatic sensations in a non-verbal and non-threatening way. 

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