Rendering Unconscious welcomes Dr. Bret Fimiani to the podcast! He is here to discuss his new book Psychosis and Extreme States: An Ethic for Treatment, part of The Palgrave Lacan Series edited by Drs. Calum Neill and Derek Hook.

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Bret Fimiani is faculty, board member and psychoanalyst of the San Francisco Bay Area Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, USA, and a clinical psychologist. He works with people experiencing psychosis and extreme states in his private practice in Oakland, CA and at the Haight-Ashbury Integrated Care Center in San Francisco. His research interests include adapting the Lacanian analytic frame for the treatment of psychosis and extreme states.

Founded in 1990, the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis offers a transmission of psychoanalysis through a savoir of the unconscious, built gradually in personal analysis and control analyses. These direct experiences of the unconscious, alongside an immersion in theory through seminars, events, reading groups, and cartels, inform ethical practices of analysis and scholarship.

Join me Monday, May 30th at ABF Stockholm! I will be joining Dany Nobus for a discussion on Group Pathology and the Analysis of the Ego: On the Dissolution of Psychoanalytic Organisations and the Question of Psychoanalytic Training.

Rendering Unconscious Podcast is hosted by psychoanalyst Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, who interviews psychoanalysts, psychologists, scholars, creative arts therapists, writers, poets, philosophers, artists & other intellectuals about their process, work, world events, the current state of mental health care, politics, culture, the arts & more.

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Dr. Sinclair is the author of The Pathways of the Heart (Trapart Books, 2021), Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: the Cut in Creation (Routledge, 2020) and Switching Mirrors (Trapart Books, 2016).

Dr. Sinclair is the editor of Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics & Poetry (Trapart Books, 2019) Outsider Inpatient: Reflections on Art as Therapy (Trapart Books, 2021) with Dr. Elisabeth Punzi, On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives (Routledge, 2018) co-edited with Dr. Manya Steinkoler, and The Fenris Wolf, vol 9 (Trapart, 2017) co-edited with Carl Abrahamsson. 

The song at the end of the episode is “Inventing Collaborations” by Vanessa Sinclair & Carl Abrahamsson from the album Switching Mirrors available from Highbrow-Lowlife. A special limited edition 2CD boxset including original artwork is available from Trapart Editions.

Many thanks to Carl Abrahamsson, who created the intro and outro music for Rendering Unconscious podcast.

If you would like a transcript of this episode please feel free to email me.

Image: Book cover