Psychoanalytic Reading Group

Arjan Berkeljon, Ph.D.
(585) 371-8172

Course Description

In this course we will explore essential ideas in psychoanalysis and how they relate to contemporary clinical practice. We will read The Penguin Freud Reader, edited by Adam Phillips. This book includes new translations of a selection of Freud's foundational and well-known papers, such as Negation, Remembering, Repeating and Working Through, Beyond the Pleasure Principle and Screen Memories. In reading Freud as he might have sounded were he writing today, this course is focused on (re)familiarizing participants with concepts such as the unconscious, resistance, repetition, and transference/countertransference in the therapy relationship. Through discussion of readings and case materials this course aims to deepen understanding of psychoanalytic theory and to enrich participants' clinical work.

Course Time and Location

10 meetings, every other week, starting Thursday, February 22, ending on July 11, 2024 (June 26 is cancelled).
Time: 11:45am to 1:15pm.
Location: 63 Park Ave. Rochester, NY 14607
Cost: $750, due by the registration deadline.


Please confirm with Dr. Berkeljon by February 15, 2024. Registration is limited to 10 participants.
Contact information:; office number: (585) 371-8172


Arjan Berkeljon, Ph.D. trained in Clinical Psychology at Brigham Young University in Utah, and at the University of Rochester, where he was on the faculty for six years. He obtained Master's degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he conducted research in developmental psychology. He is currently in private practice and provides supervision as well as psychoanalytic psychotherapy to individuals, couples and groups.