“Coercive Protections and the Quest for Connection”

This discussion of Dr. Mitran’s lecture by Josien Gussenhoven (Holland) and Dr. Nilofer Kaul (India) took place on October 15th, 2023. If you have any queries about this event please write to:

The lecture was not read on Sunday April 3rd, 2022, the registrants were requested to read the lecture in advance . On the evening itself Josien Gussenhoven (Holland) and Dr. Nilofer Kaul (India)  discussed Dr. Theodore Mitrani’s lecture and Dr. Mitrani  reacted to their discussions and to questions from the audience.

Dr. Theodore Mitrani

is both an Emeritus Training & Supervising Infant, Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychoanalyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California, Los Angeles. Before his retirement, he was Chairman of the Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program at PCC and Co-editor of the books Encounters with Autistic States: A Memorial Tribute to Frances Tustin and Frances Tustin Today. Dr. Mitrani served till recently as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Frances Tustin Memorial Trust. He currently lives in Paris, France.

Josien Gussenhoven

is a training psychoanalyst of the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society who works with adolescents and adults in Holland, in different cultures. She worked for 10 years in polyclinical services and has been in private practice for 30 years. After graduating from the University of Amsterdam, she first taught psycholinguistics and children’s development of speech. In the transition from teacher to psychotherapist and then to psychoanalyst she experienced the reliving of the child in the grown up as the core of the analytic relationship and experience. She was supervised by Joyce Mc Dougall, Judith Mitrani, Maria Rhode and Rachel Blass, took part in intervision-groups throughout Europe and values long-lived readings groups of the work of Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion and Frances Tustin. As a member and training analyst of the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society, she founded a working group on Frances Tustin in Holland. She teaches on narcissism and her focus in her supervisions is on the autistic core and on primitive mental states. From January 1st, 2022 Josien has become a board member of The Frances Tustin Memorial Trust.

Dr. Nilofer Kaul

is a training and supervising psychoanalyst based in New Delhi, lndia. Till recently she taught English Literature at a college in Delhi University. She published articles in the Psychoanalytic Review, and the British Journal of Psychotherapy. She has also contributed articles to edited volumes On Regret and On Arrogance. In 2018, she won the Frances Tustin Memorial Prize for her paper ‘Parasitism: An Autistic Island’ which she will present in Warsaw at the Frances Tustin International Conference, 2022. She published her book Plato’s Ghost: Minus Links and Liminality in Psychoanalytic Practice in 2021 with Phoenix, UK.