Upcoming events

    • 04/19/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Home of Dr. Barbara Lurie, Ph.D., LMFT, Delray Beach, FL 33445

    Sunday Symposium Brunch 

    PRESENTER:   Sandy Shuleshko, M. Ed., LMHC, NCC, CAP, CEDS

    Sunday, April 19, 2020

    10:00 am - 1:30 pm

    9:30am - Registration

    Brunch to follow



    Complex trauma symptoms differ from those of classic Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Judith Herman (1992) defines the key complex trauma symptoms as alterations in affect regulation, consciousness, self-perception, perception of the perpetrator, relationships to others, and in systems of meaning.  Complex psychological trauma in childhood develops from prolonged, chronic exposure to interpersonal traumatic experiences – physical, sexual and emotional torture. The perpetrator controls and manipulates the victim for their narcissistic pleasure, using denial to place the blame onto the child, and in turn creating long-lasting shame. Complex trauma causes the development of the personality to shift to one that has disorganized attachment as a foundation.

    Effective treatment approaches combine the use of psychodynamic psychotherapy with ego state therapy and EMDR. John G. Watkins, the originator of ego state therapy, defines it as “a psychodynamic approach in which techniques of group and family therapy are employed to resolve conflicts between various ego states that constitute a family of self within a single individual” (1993). Francine Shapiro, the originator of EMDR, found that memories of traumatic events are stored in the limbic system of the brain. The bilateral processing with EMDR helps to release them so that they can be reprocessed and desensitized. The clinical case presentations illustrate this approach during treatment.


    Sandra Shuleshko is a licensed mental health counselor located in Port St. Lucie FL.  She comes to psychotherapy as a second profession following 22 years working in research and development in the aerospace industry.  She found that working alongside engineers prepared her to work with complex clients. She is a nationally certified counselor (NCC), a certified addictions professional (CAP), and a certified eating disorders specialist (CEDS) through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. She completed EMDR training in 2005 through the International Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Institute, Inc. She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and specializes in the treatment of complex posttraumatic stress disorder and the dissociative disorders .  Her experience includes Dissociative Identity Disorder, and Dissociative Amnesia caused by ritual abuse and mind control organized abuse.  She also treats addictions and eating disorders.


    1. Explain how EMDR adds to the psychotherapeutic treatment of complex trauma and dissociative states.
    2. Describe the difficulties and challenges clinician's face when treating complex trauma and dissociation.
    3. Discuss how the patient is helped to integrate self-states successfully.

















     This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 3 CE credits. 

    SEFAPP is an approved continuing education provider by the Agency for Health Care Administration of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (BAP #587, expires March 31, 2021). Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities.  SEFAPP and Division 39 are committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological  Association's Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to SEFAPP Administrator at (954) 597-0820.

    • 06/06/2020
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

    The Southeast Florida Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (SEFAPP)


    Palm Beach Dramaworks

    Request the pleasure of your company at the twenty seventh annual gathering of


    Palm Beach Dramaworks

    201 Clematis Street

    West Palm Beach, Florida

    Saturday, June 6, 2020

    11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Host Committee:

    Lisa Schulman, Ph.D., Chairperson

    Amanda Clark

    Marshall Fenster, Ph.D.

    Morgan Levy, Ph.D.

    Barbara Lurie, Ph.D., LMFT

    Kimberly McGoey

    Robert Spiro, Ph.D.


    Palm Beach Dramaworks

    Invite you to an afternoon of fun, friendship, food and fundraising in honor of Freud’s birthday

    And the 27th year of Freud Amongst the Arts

    Wine, satisfying lunch bites, and silent auction
    11:00 AM-1:00 PM
    A performance of The House of Blue Leaves, a two act play with a 15 minute intermission 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Post-performance discussion led by

    Emily Krestow, Ph.D., LMHC and Richard Steinberg, Ph.D.

    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    "Lobby Hero”

    By Kenneth Lonergan

    Four New Yorkers involved in a murder investigation – a slacker security guard in a Manhattan apartment building, his by-the-book boss, a rookie cop and her macho partner – face moral and ethical dilemmas in this comic drama by the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Manchester by the Sea. The play explores issues of racism and sexism, and whether it’s ever honorable to do the wrong thing for the right reason.

    Please note that benefit tickets are limited and will not be available at the door.


    Click HERE for Mail-In Form

    Click HERE for Printable Flyer

    Please consider making a contribution if you are not able to attend the event. 



    If you are bringing a GUEST, please register the guest separately. You can do this by clicking New Registration (bottom button) on last page of your own reservation.

    Palm Beach Dramaworks

    201 Clematis Street

    West Palm Beach, Florida 33401


    From the I95 exit at Okeechobee Boulevard (Exit 70), head East toward Downtown. From Okeechobie Boulevard east, take a slight right turn onto Australian Avenue North. In .8 miles, turn right onto Banyan Boulevard. In .9 miles, turn right onto N. Narcissus Avenue. In 200 ft, Palm Beach Dramaworks is on your right. There is a public parking lot around the corner from the theatre.

Past events

02/23/2020 Movie Series - The Cakemaker - Paper Presented by Richard Steinberg, Ph.D.
01/18/2020 Push Me/Pull Me, Baby Me/Control Me: A Psychodynamic Model for Couple Psychotherapy
11/02/2019 Mourning and Memory: Reflections in Honor of Dr. Antonio R. Virsida
10/20/2019 Stories of Termination - Presented By: Linda B Sherby, Ph.D., ABPP
05/18/2019 26th Annual Freud Amongst the Arts
04/28/2019 I Never Thought I Would See 16: Trauma, Substance Abuse, Suicide and the Good Life - Presented by Robert Spiro, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
03/23/2019 Quarreling with Culture: The Value of Discontent-Clinical Implications- Presented by: Don Greif, Ph.D.
02/24/2019 Working with Sexual Orientation Issues Through a Self-Psychology Framework - Presented by: Dan Sheridan, Ph.D.
01/26/2019 Aging and Limitation: Clinical Reflections - Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D.
11/10/2018 Understanding and Treating the Three Faces of Chronic Shame - Patricia DeYoung, Ph.D.
10/06/2018 A Memorial Conference in Honor of Donna Bentolila, Ph.D., LCSW - Sponsored by The Southeast Florida Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, The Florida Psychoanalytic Center, and The Ticho Foundation.
06/01/2018 25th Annual Freud Amongst the Arts
04/14/2018 Repairing Old Wounds: The Healing Work of Therapy - Sue Grand, Ph.D
02/11/2018 Too Late to Change? Reflections on Psychotherapy with the Elderly- Marshall Fenster, Ph.D
01/27/2018 Trauma, Narcissism, and Identity Politics: The Clinical is Political
11/12/2017 Donna Bentolila, L.C.S.W., Ph.D. Presents: Dr. Martin S. Bergmann's Last Interview
11/09/2017 Join SEFAPP at IFPE's Conference on "Time" and Stay for Donna Bentolila's Sunday Presentation
10/14/2017 Intimacy and Infidelity:Strange Bedfellows - Presented by: Carl Bagnini, LCSW, BCD - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
05/06/2017 24th Annual Freud Amongst the Arts Fundraiser
03/18/2017 “That’s Enough about you, What about Me?” Working with Borderline-Narcissistic Couples
02/26/2017 SEFAPP at the Movies: “Inside Out:” A Story of Emotional Life
01/29/2017 See, Hear, and Feel the Bodies in the Room: Working with Embodied Trauma
01/28/2017 Traumatic Disfigurement: Engaging the Unseen Realities within Body Dysmorphic Disorder
11/12/2016 Individualities: How Personality Differences Matter for Psychotherapy with Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP
10/16/2016 Bullying Amongst Girls
05/14/2016 23rd Annual Freud Amongst the Arts Fundraiser
04/06/2016 Ethical Dilemmas: Ongoing Treatment and the Potentially Violent Patient
03/13/2016 (Members' Only Event) Therapeutic Action: Clinical Case Seminar
03/12/2016 Aggression and Its Vicissitudes
01/10/2016 (Member Only Event) Patients' Secrets, Analysts' Secrets: Their Interaction and Its Impact on the Analytic Process
01/09/2016 On Memory, Listening, Dreaming, and Sharing: The Use of the Analyst's Inner Experiences
11/08/2015 (Member Only Event) Neither Sex nor Gender: Learning from Transgender
11/07/2015 What We Can Learn from Transgender about Sexual and Social Differences
10/18/2015 Film Screenings & Discussion: "Boyhood" & "The Chef" - The Transmission of Masculinity from Divorced Fathers to Their Sons - Views from Hollywood
09/19/2015 In Treatment LIVE: The Reluctant Patient
06/06/2015 Freud Amongst the Arts
04/19/2015 The Green Prince: Film Presentation and Discussion led by Sonia Ioannides, M.D., LMHC and Barbara Lurie, Ph.D., LMFT
03/08/2015 Narcissistic Personality Organization
03/07/2015 Thoughts On Psychoanalytic Political Psychology
01/24/2015 Cancelled: Love and Hate: Passionate Affects of Our Times
12/07/2014 Attachment, Perversion, Play and Involvement: Film Screening and Discussion of “An Affair of Love”
11/15/2014 Psychoanalytic Approaches to Working with Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders
10/12/2014 Symposium Brunch: Understanding the History of Psychopharmacology & Its Clinical Value in the Treatment of Addicted Professionals
09/14/2014 SEFIPP Scientific Meeting-Families Coming Out: Clinical Implications & Clinical Frontiers of LGBTQ Parenting
06/21/2014 21st Annual Freud Amongst the Arts Fundraiser
03/08/2014 Attachment and Mentalization in Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders: Research and Treatment Implications
02/09/2014 SEFAPP At the Movies Presents: "Pan's Labyrinth"
01/25/2014 Let’s Talk About Sex: Developing Clinical Comfort & Competence Working with Sexual Issues in Psychotherapy
12/08/2013 Sunday Symposium Brunch: The Masterson Approach to Differential Diagnosis and the Treatment of Personality Disorders
11/16/2013 A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Approach to the Formation and Understanding of Dreams
10/20/2013 SEFAPP At the Movies Presents: "A Dangerous Method"
09/21/2013 An Analyst Writes the Book Love and Loss: Self Disclosure and Other Issues
05/18/2013 20th Annual Freud Amongst the Arts Fundraiser
04/14/2013 Dramatic Play Reading of "Trauma Ties" by Sheila Felberbaum, L.C.S.W, BCD
03/09/2013 The Analyst’s Subjectivity: Challenges to Self-Care
02/24/2013 SEFAPP At the Movies Presents: "What if the 'Black Swan' was in Treatment?"
01/19/2013 A Killing Over a Girl: the Murder of Larry King
11/10/2012 Relentless Hope: The Refusal to Grieve
11/04/2012 CANCELLED: SEFAPP At the Movies Presents: "Pan's Labyrinth"
09/15/2012 SEFIPP Scientific Meeting: “The Brain and the Mind in Psychotherapy”

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