Patricia Hugenberger, Psya.D.,
M.S.W., Director, Department of Continuing Education, BGSP
My interest in psychoanalysis began to take shape many years ago when I read a psychological evaluation of a three year old boy who was in a day care center where I worked as social worker. This boy had serious behavioral problems and the report addressed possible unconscious motivations. I remember thinking that I wanted to better understand the power of the unconscious and how to work with this little boy. This led me to pursue an MSW at Simmons, which at the time had a psychoanalytic clinical tract. After Simmons a friend steered me to BGSP where the intense and therapeutic study of the unconscious have provided me with a rich professional and personal experience. Modern psychoanalysis has helped me understand and work with patients in community mental health centers where I worked for twenty years, in school systems, and in private practice.
Psychoanalysis has also offered me enhanced pleasure with its application to understanding the world in general, both in politics and the arts, especially music, movies and television. My dissertation research draws on this appreciation of a deeper, more complicated view of human behavior, especially as it manifests itself in everyday life.