Psychoanalysis, Creativity, and the Arts

Expanding understanding through a new lens.


Chair: Rosa Aurora Chavez, MD, PhD

Washington DMV metropolitan area is the home of a cultural and intellectually vibrant community. Magnificent museums and galleries; theater, dance and music performances from all schools and styles; international cinema festivals; audacious chefs with flavors from all over the globe; writers, artists, academics … and psychoanalysts.

The Psychoanalysis, Creativity and the Arts program seeks to find multiple ways to contribute to the understanding and appreciation of art from psychoanalytic perspectives, and at the same time open ourselves to new ways in which art can expand our understanding of psychoanalysis and enrich our practices and our lives.  

The program aims to:

  • facilitate dialogues between artists, psychoanalysts, and the community; 
  • enhance our understanding from psychoanalytic perspectives of intrapsychic and interpersonal processes that make creativity and art possible; and
  • develop new ways in which art can expand and deepen our understanding of psychoanalysis and enrich our practices and our lives.


For years our Theater Program offered post-show discussions after theater plays in the DC area. Psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and scholars from our center engaged in lively conversations with actors and actresses, directors, writers, and other members of their production team, and with the audience. 

We are now extending this program to all the arts, and transforming it into a more complex program that includes: post-show conversation panels after diverse artistic performances such as theater, music, dance, visual and plastic arts, film, poetry, literature, culinary arts, martial arts, and other artistic manifestations; action seminars to discuss relevant psychoanalytic theories (related to these artistic fields and to the creative process) and to develop strategies for the program; planning and implementation of events; and fundraising.     


Advisory Team

Marshall Alcorn, PhD, Literature Advisor

Johanna Arenaza, PsyD, Dance Advisor

Bernard Arons, MD, Music Advisor 

Robert Fenton, DSW, Theater Advisor

Joanne Gold, MA, MSW, MEd, Arts and Aesthetics Advisor

Silvana Kaufman, MSW, Film Advisor

David Miller, MD, Visual Arts Advisor

Upcoming Programs


Tuesday, February 4, 2025 | 8:00 amSunday, February 9, 2025 | 5:00 pm

2025 APsA National Meeting

2025 National Meeting, February 4 – 9, 2025 Palace Hotel, San Francisco Visit for more information.


Saturday, June 7, 2025 | 8:00 amMonday, June 9, 2025 | 5:00 pm

2025 APsA 113th Annual Meeting

APsA 113th Annual Meeting June 7th – June 9th, 2025 Virtual Visit for more information.

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