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"How can we define therapy to ourselves and explain it to our patients/clients? "

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Luton Conference Room, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, 1601 23rd Avenue South Nashville, TN 37212


  • If you are not interested in receiving Continuing Education Credit, you may attend this meeting without charge.
  • If you are not a current member, there is a $10 fee for this event if you want to receive a certificate of continuing education.
  • If you are a current member of the organization, there is no additional fee for this event.

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"How can we define therapy to ourselves and explain it to our patients/clients?"

Marsha Robertson, LCSW & Laurel Brown, Ph.D.

This presentation will be the second of seven presentations in the series "Fundamental Questions in Doing Psychotherapy: Seven Questions, Seven Meetings.". For more information about the series see this link.


Marsha Robertson, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and certified psychoanalyst in private practice in Nashville. She serves on the faculty of St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute where she is a training and supervising analyst. In 2001, she along with John Waide, PhD started the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program of Nashville, acting as co-director for twelve years.

Laurel Brown, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Nashville. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. During her years at Vanderbilt she participated in two large NIMH funded trials that examined the efficacy of CBT in the treatment of depression.

Learning objectives.

  1. At the end of this talk, participants will be able tIdentify important common features that define good psychotherapy. 
  2. Identify features that differentiate two widely practiced types of psychotherapeutic approaches, psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
  3. Articulate the nature of psychotherapy to individuals who on the receiving end of those practices.
References: for copies of each, please email
  • Murphy, R., et al. (2009)  How do psychological treatments work? Investigating mediators of change. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47,1-5.

  • Auchincloss, E.L. (2016)  New Developments of the Therapeutic Alliance (TA): Good News for Psychodynamic Psychiatry. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 44 (1) 105-116.
  • Hilsenroth, M.J., et al. (2018)  Psychotherapy Research and the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 35 (3) 320-327.
  • Hayes, S.C., et al. (2019)  The role of the individual in the coming year of process-based therapy. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 117, 40-53. 
  • Hofmann, S.G. & Hayes, S.C. (2019)  The Future of Intervention Science: Process-Based Therapy. Clinical Psychological Science, 7 (1) 37-50.

A flyer for this event can be downloaded (click here).


6:30 – 7:00 Networking & socializing
7:00 – 8:30 Presentation and discussion

Parking is available in the garage on Children's Way.

Enter VPH through the northeast side of building facing the South Garage near Children’s Hospital

(see map below)

Continuing Education:

If you wish Continuing Education credits:  1.5 hrs CE offered (cost $10.00 for non-members).  If you want to sign up for CEs in advance, you may register online at or you can register at the event.

The Nashville Center for Psychoanalysis & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education credits for psychologists. The Nashville Center for Psychoanalysis & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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