Updates 2017-2019



January 23, 2019: George Washington University Office of Integrative Medicine and Health. International Integrative Health Day Film Screening & Discussion: All the Rage: Saved by Sarno. Panelist with Frances S. Anderson, PhD., SE, Andrea Leonard-Segal, MD and Film Director Michael Galinsky. Washington, DC.




When Stress Causes Pain, Can the Psychoanalyst Intervene?

Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis-Trauma Studies Certificate Program

Instructors: Frances Sommer Anderson, Ph.D., SEP, and Eric Sherman, Psy.D.

In the midst of the pain epidemic and ensuing opioid addiction crisis, psychoanalysts have the opportunity to learn interventions based on the conceptualization of somatic pain as a complex subjective construction comprised of sensations, emotions, and beliefs/cognitions. This psychoanalytic perspective is congruent with contemporary research on the neuroscience of pain, trauma, and cognitive and emotion processing. In this six-session course, participants will be introduced to this research and its implications for integration into a psychoanalytically-informed model for treating Psychophysiologic Pain Disorders (PPD). In contrast to pain management, this treatment model aims to eliminate somatic pain by elucidating and resolving underlying emotional and/or physical trauma residues and emotional conflicts which may have contributed to its development. Relevant readings and experiential processes will be assigned for each class.

Dates: Part I: Sundays, January 13 and 27, and February 3, 2019, from 11 am to 1 pm (taught by Dr. Anderson)

Part II: Saturdays, February 9 and 23, and March 2, 2019, 11 am to 1 pm (taught by Dr. Sherman)

Participants should attend both Part I and Part II.




January 7, 2019: The Mind and Fitness Podcast with Dr. Arlene Feinblatt
https://audioboom.com/posts/7136999-052-dr-arlene-feinblatt-and-dr-eric-sherman




No Longer Afraid to Feel: Early Life Adversity, Emotion Regulation, and Somatic Pain

Frances Sommer Anderson, Ph.D., SEP

Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis Colloquium- Co-sponsored by the Manhattan Institute Certificate Program in Trauma Studie November 30, 2018

Lane, R. D., Anderson, F. S., & Smith, R. (2018). Biased competition favoring physical over emotional pain: a possible explanation for the link between early adversity and chronic pain. Psychosomatic medicine, 80(9), 880-890.




November 7, 2018: Picturing Success Podcast
https://picturingsuccess.com/




April 19, 2018: Case Presentation on Treating a Patient with a Psychophysiologic Pain Disorder
Division 39 Spring Meeting: New Orleans




Anderson, F. S. (2017). It Was Not Safe to Feel Angry: Disrupted Early Attachment and the Development of Chronic Pain in Later Life. Attachment, 11(3), 223-241.