Dr. Sarah F. Usher, author of Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Technique, and   "What is this Thing Called Love? A guide to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Couples."   will be presenting at the Argyle Institute:
Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy: Theory and Technique
OPQ Acreditation # RA01165-15 (5CE hours)

May 7th 2016

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Argyle Institute
4150 Ste Catherine St. West, Suite 328
Westmount, QC
H3Z 2Y5

Dr. Sarah Fels Usher is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in full time private practice. She is the founding director of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the Toronto Psychoanalytic society and book editor of the Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Her first book Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Technique, now in its second edition, is a psychotherapy guide for students and beginning therapist.

Dr. Usher is author of the book What is this Thing Called Love? A guide to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Couples.

Course Description:
A psychoanalytic perspective on couples gives therapists the opportunity to bring into consciousness an understanding of the unconscious meanings of a couples’ disharmonies. It provides also, an understanding of transference and countertransference issues emerging during treatment.

Couples often engage in psychotherapy after periods of unhappiness. While urgently needing to expose problems, they may feel embarrassed and ashamed by what they perceive as personal failure. Sensitive issues about themselves or each other, complicates their relationship. The presence of a third person listening, can help clarify and distinguish phantasy from reality.

Conflicting therapeutic issues arise in the course of the therapy. Emphasis on the interaction alone minimizes the complex contribution of individual history and psychodynamics, while exclusive emphasis on individuals misses the way interpersonal interaction governs a couples’ intimate life.

Central to our understanding of the psychodynamics of a couple’s relationship is understanding their conflicting needs for autonomy and intimacy, and the love and hate these arouse.

Course Objectives
  1. Describe theories about love in couples.
  2. Describes couples' therapy from a psychoanalytic perspective.
  3. Describe the manifestation and therapeutic use of transference and counter transference in psychoanalytic couple therapy.
  4. Describe difference between individual and couples' therapy.
  5. Demonstrate synthesis of theory through case studies by presenter and clinical vignettes offered by participants.
Coordinator: Donna Moffatt at donna1moffatt@gmail.com

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Dear Friends of The Dorian Centre,

Music and Sound will be ringing through the spaces of The Dorian Centre this month! We are featuring two events in this regard: Firstly, we are pleased to introduce our first Chanting and Meditation evening with two very special musicians who have been leading and performing chants on three different continents for many years. We are also introducing a Monthly Sound Healing Circle featuring the voice. Details below...

Check out our website - www.centredoriancentre.com - for listings of our many therapies available on an on-going basis. And please note the address where all events take place:

The Dorian Centre for the Healing Arts 
Queen Elizabeth Health Complex - 6th floor 
2100 Marlowe (enter on 2111 Northcliffe for weekend evening programs) 
Montreal (N.D.G.) H4A 3lA

We hope to see you soon!

Shelley Snow 

An Evening of Chanting and Meditation


Join us for a special evening of Kirtan chanting and meditation with our guests, Roselyn Journeaux and Charles Deschênes. Kirtan (from the Sanskrit word meaning “to sing”) is a folk form arising from the Bhakti movement in 15th century India. The Bhaktis wrote ecstatic love poems to the divine, and these poems were then sung in call and response fashion. Known as Kirtans, this form of chanting has been re-discovered in modern times *. Combining group singing with harmonium and drum, Roselyn and Charles create a heart opening atmosphere, giving space for inner discoveries, voice development and more.

▪ History of Kirtan courtesy of Dave Stringer, at


Roselyn Journeaux, recording artist since 16 years old is a warm and heartfelt singer with 20+ years experience in varied music styles, including, opera, jazz and Kirtan. Born in Australia, she trained in the United Kingdom and Canada, and has performed in Europe, the United States and Canada.

Charles Deschênes first went to India in a spiritual quest more than 30 years ago. Over the years he experienced and developed the art of chanting (kirtan), as well as the science of tablas and other Indian musical instruments. The refined musicality of his drum playing enhances the participant's experience of devotion and brings them to new unexpected heights.

Both Rosalyn and Charles have played at ashrams, meditation and yoga centres in Europe, India, the United States and Canada.

Date: Saturday November 22nd 
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 
Cost: $20

To reserve your place: info@centredoriancentre.com or call: (514) 679-0398

Monthly Sound Healing Circle


Sound Healing is the use of sound as a form of vibration that can favorably impact our bodies and minds in many ways. In this monthly group, the focus will be on developing and using the voice to engage in making sound in many forms. Our intention will be to bring balance, harmony, insight, spiritual connection, mental calm and more, into our lives. Group 'toning', in which open vowel sounds are vocalized on the length of the elongated breath, will be a major vehicle for this work. An aesthetically beautiful and powerful experience, group toning truly demonstrates the enormous potential of sound as an important tool for mind-body health and well-being.

Shelley Snow, Ph.D., M.T.A., is a psychotherapist, music therapist and the founder and director of The Dorian Centre. She conducted the first major study by a music therapist on sound healing for her doctoral research in 2011. She has been exploring this field for many years, has led workshops on sound internationally, and is currently collaborating with neuroscientists at McGill University on a study of toning. She has incorporated work with sound into her Music Psychotherapy work and conducts Sound Therapy at the Centre.

Date of 1st group: Sunday, November 30th 
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm 
Cost: $20

For more information or to reserve your place, please emailinfo@centredoriancentre.com or call (514) 679-0398.