I am a Lacanian psychoanalyst offering both online and in-person sessions in English and French. My physical location is in Berlin, Germany, but I accept clients interested in online analysis from around the world.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, I received my training and education in psychoanalysis in the university department created under the personal auspices of Jacques Lacan in Paris. Currently directed by Lacan's son-in-law Jacques-Alain Miller, the department of psychoanalysis at the Université Paris 8, founded as an experimental school in 1968, remains the citadel of the authentic Lacanian orientation; Slavoj Zizek is a well-known graduate. I received my masters in psychoanalysis in 2009 under the direction of the noted Lacan scholar Gérard Wajcman. After completing five years of doctoral studies in the same department, I transferred to the department of philosophy, where I took my PhD in 2019 under the psychoanalyst and philosopher Bertrand Ogilvie. As the department of psychoanalysis was shaped by Lacan, the historically significant department of philosophy was shaped by its remarkable faculty, including Michel Foucault, Jean Lyotard, Alain Badiou, and above all Gilles Deleuze. The cornerstone of an analyst's training is his own analysis, and concurrently with my theoretical education, I was analyzed by a student of Lacan's. I participated for many years in the section clinique at the Hôpital Paul Giraud in Villejuif, France, and worked with psychotic patients at the Hôpital Sainte-Anne in Paris. I have written and done translations for various publications affiliated with Miller's Ecole de la Cause Freudienne, including the Lacanian Review Online, Les Feuillets du Courtil, and Hurly-Burly. Although a committed Lacanian, I have not limited my study to the specifically Millerian interpretation of Lacan's teaching, and I have extensive knowledge of all the major schools of psychoanalytic as well as philosophical thought. After sixteen years in Paris, I have recently relocated to Berlin.
The goal of my practice is the creation of a discursive space in which Lacan's complementary and ultimately identical ethical imperatives of speaking well and pursuing one's desire to the end are elevated to guiding principles. The singularity and dignity of each client is at the heart of the Lacanian practice, and for that reason there will be no ready-made diagnoses with their invitation to complacency in the face of a commodified symptom, only an attempt to discern and analyze the neurotic structures unique to each client. The specific purpose of the space we will create together remains the lifting of repression through what Lacan refers to as full speech, that is to say, speech that originates in the unconscious, the last essence of which is desire. Freudian free association remains the ideal technique for the gradual dissolution of what might be referred to as the calcified death language which forms the unconscious architecture of suffering and cuts us off from our living centers. On my end, I will adopt the Lacanian position of la docte ignorance, or knowing ignorance, symbolized by the third ear that hears from a position halfway between the speaker and the listener. I accept clients from all walks of life, but my practice is especially suited for clients with a background in art. I receive clients in French and English.
Qualifikationen und Erfahrungen
Ph.D., Philosophy, Université Paris 8, Paris, France, 2019
Masters, Psychoanalysis, Université Paris 8, Paris, France, 2009
Bachelors, Philosophy/Plan II Honors Program, University of Texas at Austin, 2001
2020-today: Psychoanalyst with private practice in Berlin
2014-2015: Hôpital Sainte Anne, Paris, France
2006-2009: Section Clinique at the Hôpital Paul Giraud, Villejuif, France