NIPPA Case Presentations

This series aims to foster clinical dialogue and community among analysts from various stages of their careers.  Come join the clinical discussion as case material is presented and discussed in an open and informal conversational setting. 

Case Presentation Seminars take place at NIP on Friday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  These events are free, but pre-registration is required.


"Safe Spaces": The Relationship Between
Safety & Recognition

December 19, 2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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How does psychoanalysis define "safety?" What does it mean to "feel safe?" Using a case vignette, the presenter will attempt a preliminary definition of the difference between "external" and "internal" safety and discuss how an important moment of meeting between analyst and patient can help transform the former into the latter.

Robert FellmanRobert Fellman is a fourth-year candidate at NIP. He studied neuroscience, cognitive science, and literary theory at Brown University, then received a master's degree in rhetoric from NYU. He worked as an academic copy editor and at NYU's Bobst Library before beginning his training at NIP.  


The Psychotherapy of a Delusional Adolescent

February 6, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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What happens when a 15 year-old boy predisposed to feelings of inadequacy, humiliation, and rejection stops going to school and barely leaves his home for 3 years? In Jonathan's case, he subsequently spent his days playing video games and on the internet for up 14 hours a day. Not only was his degree of social interaction severely limited, his internet interest of choice was conspiracy theories of the most sensational order. These theories became Jonathan's reality and the lens through which he viewed the outside world. This presentation will provide a narrative for Jonathan's struggle to leave a delusional, sedentary world of social isolation into one of exercise, employment, and affinity.

Eric BeersEric Beers is a graduate of the NIP Child and Adolescent one-year program. He works as a psychotherapist for NY State in a child and adolescent psychiatric facility. He was previously employed as a Psychiatric Social Worker in the Bellevue Hospital pediatric emergency room. Eric is a graduate of the Hunter College School of Social Work where he completed his studies with academic honors.

Theresa AielloTheresa Aiello, PhD, is an associate Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work, where she is director of the Advanced Practice Clinical Certificate Program. She is faculty at NIP, and has taught in the NIP Child and Adolescent Program and at the Institute for Mental Health Psychoanalytic Program. She has authored many articles and presents her work widely at psychoanalytic and narrative conferences. She is in private practice.


The Dyads & the Triad: A Couple's Psychotherapy

April 24, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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This case presentation explores the trajectory and experience of one couple's psychotherapy. Upon arriving in the consulting room the couple initially presented that they were seeking therapy so as to end their 13 year marriage in "as peaceful a way as possible," effectively requesting of their therapist that he provide hospice care for their marriage. Over four years of meeting, this analytic triad explored and experienced the relational patterns that had stymied their connection. This presentation focuses attention on how dyadic and triadic childhood familial relational patterns find their way into adult relationships. These patterns then express themselves in adult communication, behaviors and expectancies that directly challenge a couple's ability to sustain emotionally fulfilling and authentic connection. Igniting and experiencing these dyadic and triadic patterns within a Relational psychotherapeutic experience offered this couple renewed hope and direction.

Konstantine PinterisKonstantine Pinteris, LCSW, holds degrees in psychology and social work from NYU. In 2014 he completed the four year psychoanalytic training program at NIP. Between 2012 and 2014, he directed the NIPPA Case Presentation Series, and in late 2014, he will be assuming the presidency of NIPPA. His published work includes chapters in The Encyclopedia of AIDS and the co-authored "On Dreams," to be published in the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology in Fall 2014.

Andrea RemezAndrea Remez, PhD, is on the faculty at NIP and teaches The Psychoanalytic Development of the Self to the third year class. She is an individual supervisor in NIP's four-year program and leads the Friday case conference for interns/externs. She is on the supervisory team of a program in dyadic therapy at New Alternatives for Children (NAC). Dr. Remez sees adults, couples, and parent-infant dyads in her private practice.