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Beyond Transference and Countertransference

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Beyond Transference and Countertransference

I’d like to bring your attention to a new workshop as part of the 40 Days – Alchemy of Tranquility series. This one, specifically for psychotherapists addresses bringing the perspective of ultimate reality to relativity of the intersubjective field. The main presenter, as always, is Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar, a bona fide Sufi master from an ancient, venerable lineage. He will be joined by a team of therapists and healing professionals, me among them, who have taken on the work of integrating his traditional teachings with contemporary modalities, to offer a secular-spiritual approach to the deeply compassionate work of healing.

This workshop will be offered at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto on the weekend of March 5th & 6th. You can register or find more information here.

upcoming events

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

There are two new events coming up, both on the same weekend in October:

  1. On Sunday, October 24th, I will be presenting, along with Dr. Amineh Pryor and Dr. Arife Hammerle at the Science and Nonduality Conference at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael, CA.  Our panel, entitled The Unity of Ancient Wisdom and Current Research is from 3-4 pm. My talk will be on my favorite subject (and the topic of my doctoral research)  Presence in Psychotherapy.
  2. On Saturday and Sunday, October 23rd – 24th, we will have the first 40 Days workshop of this year’s series at Dominican University, also in San Rafael -details to follow.

Both programs are part of  40 Days: The Alchemy of Tranquility® program offered by the Community Healing Centers in collaboration with the International Association of Sufism (IAS).

The Dignity of Being Human – Spirituality and Psychology Panel

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

On Saturday, June 26th there will be a panel presentation The Dignity of Being Human on spirituality and psychology at the 17th Annual Sufism Symposium. In the past, these panels have been really rich explorations of the multiple ways that spirituality and psychology are related. And after all, why shouldn’t they be? Both are about self-knowledge. Presenters have come from a variety of backgrounds, both psychologically and spirituality, and there has always seemed to be a spontaneous synchronicity between the presentations.

This year promises a very exciting program. The presentations, moderated by Dr. Amineh Amelia Pryor will include:

  • Mary Toth Granick, LMFT – Sufi Psychology: An Integration of Mind, Heart, Body, and Spirit
  • Michelle Ritterman Ph.D. – Stance, Trance, and Transmission: Responding to This Moment
  • Robert Walters, Ph.D. – The Deep Spiritual Wisdom Hiding Within Psychoanalytic Texts

The panel is from 3 – 5 pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Rafael. Cost is $30 and there are CEUs available for MFTs.  AND you can register online!

40 Days – Spring Workshop

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

40 Days Workshop

The Alchemy of Tranquility

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Dominican University, Guzman Hall, Room 302

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

This is the fourth in a series of workshops for psychological balance and spiritual development with Sufi Master Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar. The Spring workshop is entitled “Are you ready for practice?”

Call  415 499-1115 or go to for more information.

Members of the Sufism and Psychology Forum will be presenting…

Monday, January 18th, 2010

I will be moderating a panel on Sufism psychology at the Association of Transpersonal Psychology conference in February. Panelists Arife Hammerle, Ph.D., Brian Heery, Ph.D., and Amineh Pryor, Ph.D.,  all members of SPF, are students of Sufism and presenters at the 40 Days – Alchemy of Tranquility workshops.

The theme of the conference is Spirituality in Action. It will be at Menlo College in Atherton, CA from February 12-14.