2019 - 2021

IPSO President

Kathryn McCormick, MA, is a bilingual (Spanish) psychotherapist in private practice in Seattle, Washington, providing analysis and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.  She is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over twenty years of clinical experience, certified child mental health specialist, approved clinical supervisor for the State of Washington, Master’s in public health candidate at the University of Washington, and an advanced clinical associate in the child and adult analytic training programs at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She has clinical expertise in the areas of attachment, trauma, abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and intergenerational grief and loss.  Her clinical work includes under-served communities such as the Coastal Salish Tribes, queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming. For twenty years Kathryn has also worked as a tribal government employee on the Tulalip Indian Reservation in the Child, Youth, and Family (CYF) Mental Wellness Program for the Behavioral Health and Recovery Department, serving for over ten years as the CYF administrative clinical supervisor.  Since 2016, she has served as the administrative clinical supervisor of the Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy and launched the tribes’ evidence based psychoanalytically informed mentalizing model developed by Gilbert Kliman, MD, called Reflective Network Therapy (RNT). RNT serves high needs children (2-7) that have experienced neglect, abuse, trauma, and/or developmental delays. IPSO-President@ipso-candidates.org.uk

IPSO President Elect

Charles Baekeland holds a bachelor’s degree of science, is a licensed clinical psychologist, and a candidate at the Asociación Psicoanalítica de Madrid, in Spain. He worked at the Centro Madrileño de Psicología Aplicada Hospital with psychotic and borderline patients for several years, while training as a child and adolescent psychoanalytic-psychotherapist at the Sociedad Española de Psiquiatría y Psicoterapia de Niños y Adolescentes, and training in psychosomatics at the Instituto de Estudios Psicosomáticos y Psicoterapia Médica. He has published a number of papers in psychoanalytical journals on child psychoanalysis, inner life, autism, the mental functioning of fanatics, and the effects IPSO has on training and practice. Charles has lectured nationally on depression, loss, regression, the Oedipus complex and narcissism, and has presented cases internationally. He has participated in Visiting Candidate Programs in the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, the Société Psychanalytique de Paris, the Asociación Psicoanalítica del Uruguay, and the Asociación Psicoanalítica de Buenos Aires. His areas of psychoanalytic interest lie in deepening psychoanalysts’ acquaintance with the field of psychoanalytic epistemology, and in pooling the wealth of knowledge to be found in IPA Institutes across the world in order to advance psychoanalytic training. He works in full-time private practice. IPSO-PresidentElect@ipso-candidates.org.uk

IPSO Vice President For Europe

Artur Sousa is a clinical psychologist, who was born, lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. He worked for around twenty years in the Serviços de Saúde Mental (mental health care units) under the Serviço Nacional de Saúde (national health care system). His clinical experience was built through working in multidisciplinary community teams providing care to patients who suffer from severe mental illness, and to their families. His experience at the Serviço Nacional de Saúde was an opportunity to grow from learning how to navigate between the real everyday needs of these patients, and the challenges they present to the professionals working with them. Dedicated to psychoanalytical thinking, Artur’s enthusiasm and curiosity proved fruitful to create projects and ideas that lead to further ventures. He is a candidate at the Sociedade Portuguesa de Psicanálise, where he completed his training; IPSO events and Representatives were a source of inspiration to continue working with creative minds and proposals. He is interested and touched by social, cultural and political subjects, and is continuously establishing links ––mainly through connections with health policies and institutions, education, university and community issues–– between psychoanalysis and the contemporary world in order to adapt psychoanalytic training to the conditions and needs of new generations of analysts. IPSO-Europe@ipso-candidates.org.uk

IPSO Vice President Elect For Europe

Monica Bomba
is an analyst in training at the Centro Milanese di Psicoanalisi, that belongs to the Società Psicoanalitica Italiana. She works as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at a hospital and as adjunct professor at the Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy. She has been appointed head of research at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and coordinator of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health hospital ward. She is IPSO representative in Milan and was part of the organizing team of the 24th IPSO European Meeting that took place in Milan in 2018, entitled: Transformations in Psychoanalysis. She has published many papers in international journals and presented her work at national and international congresses of child and adolescent psychiatry and psychoanalysis. Her focus of interest is the study of archaic states of the mind, severe psychopathology in children and adolescents, and couple and group dynamics. She participates in numerous study and research groups in the psychoanalytic field, with a particular attentiveness for the dialogue between psychoanalysis and art. In Milan she founded a small and heterogeneous group, of candidates and musicians, who play with psychoanalytical ideas and music. Monica is also a passionate photographer and video-poetry maker. IPSO-Europe@ipso-candidates.org.uk

IPSO Vice President For Latin America

Silvia Acosta
became a psychologist in 1995, and obtained a research fellowship from CONICET, the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (National Council of Scientific and Technical Research of the Argentine Republic) in 1997. She earned her PhD in 2003, studying dropout from psychodynamic treatments. She was also a researcher in seven projects that won awards from the Research Advisory Board of the IPA. As a result, she published in local and international journals. She received the Psychoanalytic Research Exceptional Contribution Award in 2005, the Psychoanalytic Training Today Award in 2007, and did IPA Research Training at the Psychoanalysis Unit of the University College of London. Silvia was a main professor of research methodology in the Doctoral Degree in Psychology and Master Programs in Psychoanalysis of the Universidad del Salvador from 2002 to 2017, directing more than a dozen PhD and Master theses until today. Currently she is member of the Sexual & Gender Diversity Studies Committee of the IPA, and is also: the Argentinean representative of Pensamiento Psicoanalítico Latinomericano (Latin American Psychoanalytical Thought) in FEPAL; a member of the Editorial Committee of the Spanish Annual of the IJP; an active collaborator of IPA Psychoanalysis in the Community; as well as of the Task Force of the Future of Psychoanalysis. IPSO-LatinAmerica@ipso-candidates.org.uk

IPSO Vice President  Elect For Latin America

Florencia Biotti
is a licensed clinical psychologist. She graduated in 1995 and did her clinical internship at the Hospital Materno Infantil Ramón Sardá in Buenos Aires from 1996 to 2001. There she worked in mental health care for adolescent pregnancy and neonatal intensive care –– she then continued for a year as a grantee in the area of obstetrics. During that time, while training psychoanalytically, she took postgraduate courses in systemic therapy. In 2005 she started her career as a teacher at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) teaching a course called Developmental Psychology: Childhood, and then became the director of studies. Meanwhile, Florencia cooperated in two research projects at the Secretaría de Ciencia y Técnica de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, where she participated in the presentation of a number of projects in several congresses, and publications in journals of the UBA. Her training at the Asociación Psicoanalítica de Buenos Aires (APdeBA) started in 2015, after she had done postgraduate studies on prevention and psychological support in infancy and childhood. She currently belongs to the children and adolescents’ team, and one of the adults’ teams, at the Liberman Center, the Clinic of APdeBA. She has been working in private practice since 1997.  IPSO-LatinAmerica@ipso-candidates.org.uk

IPSO Vice President For North America

Kristin Whiteside
is a clinical psychologist and advanced candidate at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center (SDPC) in San Diego, California. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with degrees in psychology and French and completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. Kristin received her clinical training in educational settings such as California State University San Marcos Counseling and Psychological Services and The Preuss School UCSD. Seeking a deeper understanding of the individuals she treated, she entered training in Adult Psychoanalysis. Kristin has taught an introductory course in psychoanalysis to doctoral students at Alliant International University and helped to develop a course at SDPC entitled: Initiating a Psychoanalytic Process. She has presented writings on challenges encountered in her clinical work and in psychoanalytic training at the American Psychoanalytic Association meetings. Kristin is an active candidate member of SDPC, where she serves on the Extension Committee. She offers psychoanalytic treatment to adolescents and adults in her private practice in Encinitas, California. She enjoys time with her family exploring the diverse sights and landscapes of the West Coast and beyond. 

IPSO Vice President  Elect For North America

Gerard Sobnosky
is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Los Angeles.  He holds two Master’s degrees in psychology, from Antioch University Los Angeles, and Walden University, and is completing his PsyD degree in psychoanalysis at the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP) in Los Angeles, where he is an advanced clinical associate.  He serves on the Education Committee at NCP, and regularly leads psychoanalytic discussion of films with the public, as part of their Mind and Film series.  He teaches dream analysis workshops for clinicians, and is an active member of the International Psychoanalytic Association’s new Subcommittee on Addiction. Gerard is active in the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), where he is treasurer of the Candidates Council, serves on the Finance Committee, and serves on the American Psychoanalytic Foundation, which funds projects that implement and disseminate psychoanalytic thought. He has taught psychodynamic psychotherapy as part of the American Psychoanalytic Association’s China-American Psychoanalytic Alliance to build a psychoanalytic training program in China.  He lived and worked in Turkey for 3 ½ years and speaks conversational Turkish. He enjoys singing and playing in his local rockabilly trio.  IPSO-NorthAmerica@ipso-candidates.org.uk

IPSO Treasurer

Karoline Parth
is a candidate at the Wiener Psychoanalytische Vereiningung (Vienna Psychoanalytic Association) in her third year of training, where she is active in the candidate representative group as well as the organizing committee of Freud im Korb, a lecture series arranged by Viennese candidates that hosts monthly lecture evenings at Café Korb. These events are open to the public and aimed at bringing psychoanalysis closer to anyone interested, while facilitating discussion on psychoanalytic issues in the cultural context. Karoline currently works in private practice as well as a post-doc research assistant at the Department for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at the Medizinische Universität Wein (Medical University of Vienna) where she completed her PhD in mental health and behavioural medicine, with a focus on psychotherapy process research. She now mainly works on issues such as training research and psychoanalytic core competency. Her graduate background lies in cultural studies and theoretical psychoanalytic studies, which she completed in England at University College London. Her interests in clinical theory lie in post-Kleinian and object relations theories on personality functioning and psychotic processes, as well as psychoanalytic field theory. Based on her background in cultural studies, she also has an interest in the application of psychoanalytic concepts to cultural phenomena, such as individual and collective belief systems, belletristic literature and pop-culture. 

IPSO Editor

Cláudia Antonelli was born in São Paulo. She left Brazil at the age of eighteen to build a background in foreign languages and cultures at the United Nations of Geneva, and later on in New York. During this period, she had the opportunity to visit many different countries and cultures across the world. Ten years later she returned to Brazil to become a psychologist specialized in mental health, and earned a Master's in clinical psychology and psychoanalytical method with an emphasis on cultural formations. She is currently doing an academic PhD on the subject of medicalization and subjectivity at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, at the Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, while doing her IPA training at the Grupo de Estudos Psicanalíticos de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil (Sponsoring Study Group of Campinas). Claudia also writes articles on diverse cultural aspects of daily life at the local newspaper of her town. She has written a book based on her Master’s called O Estrangeiro: Eu e Você. Um olhar Psicanalítico Contemporâneo (The Foreigner: You and I - a Contemporary Psychoanalytical Look) published by NEA Publishers in Germany.  As the IPSO editor, Cláudia is particularly interested in promoting possibilities of communication among IPA candidates from different corners of the world.  IPSO-Editor@ipso-candidates.org.uk

IPSO Editor Elect

Thomas Marcacci
lives and works in Bologna. Before dedicating himself fully to psychoanalysis, he graduated in moral philosophy in Florence, and worked on business ethics and corporate social responsibility as adjunct professor at the Università di Napoli, as well as in private contexts. He graduated in psychology in Cesena and he specialized in psychoanalytical psychotherapy of children and adolescents at Centro Studi Martha Harris of Bologna, where he is now a professor. For several years he collaborated as a researcher with the Università di Bologna, focusing on two fields of interest: the group and organizational dynamics within clinical institutions, and the etiology of psychosis. He participated in the EUGEI research program, a European network which studied the interaction of gene and environment at the onset of psychosis. He is currently a candidate at the Società Psicoanalitica Italiana in Rome and is working in full-time private practice. In 2017 Thomas opened a psychoanalytical clinic in Bologna, Centro Evo, where he leads a team of psychoanalysts, psychiatrists and educators, with the aim of studying and healing psychic affliction throughout the individual’s lifespan, from pregnancy to senility. He is committed to combining passion for clinical activity with the attempt to enhance psychoanalytical thought, through scientific research as well as dialogue with artistic and cultural productions, and social experiences of our times.  IPSO-Editor@ipso-candidates.org.uk