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Making Good Use of Suffering: Intra-relational Work with Pathogenic Affects

Transformance Talk based on Transformance:
The AEDP Journal, Volume 6, Issue 1

by Jerry Lamagna, LCSW


Join Jerry Lamagna and members of the AEDP community in this new Transformance Talk to learn about his important article and have a chance to participate in a Q&A with members of the AEDP community.

From the Abstract to Lamagna’s Transformance Journal article, Making Good Use of Suffering: Intra-relational Work with Pathogenic Affects:

The unbearable psychic pain of pathogenic affect presents a formidable challenge to AEDP-trained therapists. As an experiential re-iteration of abandonment in the face of overwhelming distress, it sometimes renders patients incapable of engaging interpersonally, thus limiting the effectiveness of dyadic regulation. Because of the overwhelming distress and the dysregulation that results, pathogenic affect is generally seen as a clinically undesirable state that blocks therapeutic change.  In this paper, the author suggests an intra-personal approach to working with pathogenic affect …”

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Meet the Presenter

Jerry Lamagna, LCSW

jerry-lamagnaJerry Lamagna, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and Westfield, New Jersey. After completing his graduate studies at Adelphi University in 1993, he participated in a six month residency at the Caron Foundation’s Center for Self Development, and for six years thereafter his work focused on issues in chemical dependency/ACOA treatment. He currently works with individuals in AEDP psychotherapy, addressing problems related to trauma, dissociation, addiction, depression, low self worth and personality disorders. Throughout his career, Mr. Lamagna’s interest in affect based, experiential treatment approaches has led to his extensive training in psychodrama, EMDR, ego state therapy, trauma/dissociative disorder treatment, and most recently, AEDP. The study of these modalities has inspired his ongoing efforts to integrate relational, intra-psychic, and experiential elements into his clinical work. Mr. Lamagna, along with Dr. Kari Gleiser has developed a modified version of AEDP for the treatment of dissociative disorders. He has presented at national conferences sponsored by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), the International Experiential and Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA), the New Jersey chapter of NASW and the AEDP Institute. In January 2007, the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation published a paper written by Mr. Lamagna and Dr. Gleiser entitled “Building a secure internal attachment: An intra-relational approach to ego strengthening and emotional processing with chronically traumatized clients.” A subsequent article, "Of the self, by the self and for the self:Internal Attachment, attunement and psychological change" was published in the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration in 2012.