Past IEA Events

3rd Creative Seminar Series Event
IEA Student Presentations

Presented by: Britton Williams, LCAT, Vanessa Hannah Bright, LP, & Meredith Glidden, LCAT
Discussant: Kristin Long, LCAT, LP
Sunday, April 23, 2017 * 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Greenwich House * 27 Barrow Street, 4th Floor * New York, NY 10014

Unconscious Messages: Exploring the Impact of Assumptions, Biases & Stereotypes

Britton Williams is a psychotherapist in private practice and is in her second year of study at IEA. She is a graduate of NYU’s Drama Therapy program and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in residential treatment facilities, domestic violence shelters, day treatment programs, and hospitals. Britton’s work and research focuses on the impact of assumptions, biases, and stereotypes on individuals, relationships and communities. She currently works with adults and children in her private practice in Herald Square ( and at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Where’s My Face?: The Search for Authenticity Using Bodily Countertransference

Vanessa Hannah Bright is near final completion of IEA and has received her License in Psychoanalysis last year. She also has a Master’s in Acupuncture from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (New York) and is a licensed acupuncturist. She is a writer and publishes an independent blog called “Loving Psychoanalysis” where she explores the psychoanalysis of everyday experience, as well as her process of becoming (and being) a psychoanalyst. She now has a private practice, where she integrates her knowledge of Chinese Medicine, Buddhism, and somatic meditation with psychoanalytic work.

The Possibilities of Dreaming: The Use of a Student Analyst’s Dreams in Clinical Supervision

Meredith Glidden is a psychotherapist in private practice and is an advanced analytic student at the Institute for Expressive Analysis. Meredith received her Master’s degree in Drama Therapy from New York University. She has worked with dual diagnosis patients in Mt. Sinai Hospital’s psychiatric department and has extensive experience working with adolescents and families in both school and therapeutic settings. Meredith currently works with adults and adolescents in her private practice in the West Village.

Light refreshments will be served. This is a free event but an RSVP is required. You can RSVP through our ticketing system.

IEA Open House

Sunday, April 9, 2017 * 2:00 – 4:30 PM in New York City.

Join us for IEA’s annual Open House event!

This will be held at Greenwich House, 27 Barrow Street, 4th Floor (Near 7th Avenue, one block south from the Christopher Street Station on the #1 train, or any train into the West 4th Street Station) New York, New York 10014.

Light refreshments will be served.

This is a free event but an RSVP is required. You can RSVP through our ticketing system.

2nd Creative Seminar Series Event
A Tribute to Wilfred Ruprecht Bion’s Heritage

“The Becoming Room” – The Unfinished Film of Bion’s “A Memoir of the Future”

Presented by Meg Harris Williams
Sunday, March 26, 2017 * 10AM – 4PM
The Tibet House * 22 West 15th Street * New York, NY 10011
Light Refreshments will be served.

$80 Early Registration, $40 for Students with a Valid ID, $60 for IEA Members
$100 On-Site Registration

Buy tickets online here: The Becoming Room Tickets

Make your check payable to Institute for Expressive Analysis
Mail your check or Money Order to:

Cecilia Land, LP
IEA Program Chair
99 University Place, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003


In the winter of 1982-3 a film was partly made in India based on Bion’s autobiographical writings, focusing in particular on A Memoir of the Future. For a variety of reasons the film was never completed. Meg Harris Williams (scriptwriter) will be showing the existing sequences and commenting on those that were filmed and those not filmed.

Bion always said he was not a psychoanalyst but, even in old age, he was ‘becoming’ an analyst, and he saw this as true of the developing personality in general. As his heroine Rosemary, based on his childhood Indian ayah, says: ‘I feel I am becoming it even if I do not and never shall understand what I am becoming or being.’ In this process a variety of voices, old and young, male and female, primitive and sophisticated, try to achieve ‘at-one-ment’ in the face of the unknowable truth or ‘O’. The film illustrates the process in which the self-as-a-group tries to achieve a ‘disciplined debate’ in relation to questions which have their origin in childhood experience.

Meg Harris Williams is the Editor of Harris Meltzer Trust, a writer and an artist. She teaches at the Tavistock Centre in London, and the University of Surrey. She has written and lectured extensively in the UK and abroad on psychoanalysis and literature.  She studied English at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and Art at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, and has had a lifelong psychoanalytic education. She is married with four children and lives in Farnham, Surrey. Some of her books are: The Vale of Soulmaking (2005), The Aesthetic Development (2010), Bion’s Dream (2010), Hamlet in Analysis (2014), and The Becoming Room (2016).

Creative Seminar Series
“Swimming Lessons: Aging, Dissociation, and Embodied Resonance”

Presented by: Caryn Sherman-Meyer, LCSW
Discussant: Heather Ferguson, LCSW
Saturday, January 14, 2017 * 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Greenwich House * 27 Barrow Street, 4th Floor * New York, NY 10011

How do bodies communicate in the analytic relationship? What is the therapeutic action of embodied communication? In this presentation, Caryn examines the effects of a form of embodied communication that
she refers to as “embodied resonance.” Using a model of mind that is comprised of multiple self-states that become dissociated in response to trauma and that are carried, unsymbolized, in body and mind, she suggests that embodied resonance enables patient and analyst to make initial contact with dissociated self-states. Consequently, the analyst helps her patient understand, verbalize, and incorporate an expanded and truer sense of self into his life story. A detailed clinical example will illustrate how understanding the impact of a patient’s traumatic past can be a freeing experience that allows him to come to terms with his particularly traumatic aging present. Changes in self-understanding were reflected in changes in the patient’s body and changes in his experience of himself as an aging person. Caryn illustrates that whether implicitly known or explicitly verbalized, embodied resonance can offer an enriching, mutative attachment experience. Finally, Caryn’s somatic attunement to her own traumatic memories and dissociated self-states is discussed as a way to inform clinical impasses in analytic treatment.

Caryn Sherman-Meyer, LCSW, presenter, is faculty, supervisor and training analyst at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) in New York City. She is curriculum co-director in its Adult Training Program, founder and co-director of its License Qualifying Program in Psychoanalysis (LQP), and sits on the NIP Board of Directors. She is faculty and supervisor at the Institute for Expressive Analysis (IEA) in New York City. Caryn writes and presents on embodiment, eating disorders and bi-directional communication between patient and analyst. She is particularly interested in the reciprocal process of growth and change in the therapeutic relationship. Caryn supervises and practices individual, group and couples therapy in New York City.

Heather Ferguson, LCSW, discussant, is a psychoanalyst and group therapist in private practice in NYC. She is on the faculty at the Institute for Expressive Analysis (IEA) and on the faculty and a Coordinating Committee Member of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS), NYC. She teaches and writes about a range of topics related to eating disorder treatment, trauma, and grief.

Light refreshments will be served. This event is free, but a RSVP is required: