MCPP Monthly Meeting


Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy



The Story of Maggie: Our Evolution Over 35 Years

by Robert Hooberman, Ph.D.


The Michigan League, Henderson Room, Ann Arbor, MI

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

April 14, 2019

No registration needed. 



It is increasingly accepted in the psychoanalytic world that an essential pathway toward change is in the development of an intimate relationship, and as with all intimacies, each participant influences the other. In this presentation I describe an extremely long analysis in the context of how our mutual development and evolution have had synergistic and beneficial effects. I will use this case material to elucidate my ideas about the tension between desires for progress and anxieties over change. We all know that trauma has pernicious effects. In that regard I will describe how trauma profoundly affects crucial separation-individuation dynamics and contributes to difficulties in finding new and more satisfactory solutions to internal conflicts. Self-defeating and masochistic needs deriving from perceived guilt often predominate in such cases, and I will describe their prominence in Maggie’s dynamics.


Robert Hooberman, a psychologist/psychoanalyst in Ann Arbor where he treats adolescents, adults and couples. He has been a supervisor of candidates, graduate students and other mental health professionals. Dr. Hooberman has held a number of positions at MCPP including President and Director of Training. Besides presenting both locally and nationally, he has written 4 books.



At the end of this presentation attendees will be able to:

  1. describe the importance of intimacy in psychotherapeutic success.
  2. elucidate how guilt interferes with satisfactory adjustment to life.
  3. have an understanding of the concept of mutual influence.
  4. discuss both the benefits and pitfalls of extremely long analyses.
  5. describe various impediments toward successful resolution of long standing psychic struggles.

 Questions?  Please email David Freiband, Ph.D., V.P. for Programs, at



Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (MCPP) is an independent, contemporary training institute founded on feminist principles and open to diverse theoretical perspectives.  We offer a positive professional community and welcome colleagues from within and without the psychoanalytic community to join us for our free monthly programs and classes. Monthly programs include continental breakfast.

This presentation is open to all interested persons, regardless of their level of experience or knowledge of psychoanalysis. There is no registration needed for our Sunday presentations.

Two social work CEUs and psychology CE credits are available. There is a $10 fee for non-members.*  

The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative to provide CE credits for social workers. The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  

The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for psychologists. The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Click here for the APA certificate. 

For more information please contact V.P. for Programs, David Freiband, at Regarding CEUs for social workers, please contact Marybeth Atwell, LMSW at and CEs for psychologists, please contact Ralph Hutchison, PhD at

* None of the planners and presenters of this continuing education program have any relevant financial relationship to disclose.