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Joan Miro, The Birth of the World

Graphing Desire, Writing Dreams

Following Freud and Lacan, we will consider the dream as a rupture and writing of the unconscious from an Other scene, not as a narrative with a hidden meaning.  The seminar will consider the field of the Other and the place of the analyst in guiding the analysand to hear the rupture of a dream and its signifiers. The seminar will focus on Lacan’s graph of desire as a structuring logic for subject formation as well as a guide for psychoanalytic treatment. 


Participants will present dreams from their patients/ analysands several times in the course of the seminar.  This is not a case study of the patient, but a case of the-analyst-in training working under constraints of the Lacanian clinic and transference.  Presenters will focus on signifiers as traces of dreams and explain their interventions in the unfolding dream work, following the effects of the interventions over time.


Respecting the limits of language and the unknown unsayable that comes with dreams, we will listen to the presenter in the place of the analyst speaking to the logic that is at work in her or his interventions. The aim of the seminar is to develop a series of writings ending with a condensed 10-minute writing that highlights the dream logic.

As a condition of joining the seminar, everyone will sign a confidentiality agreement. Limited to 12 participants presenting cases with dreams.


We ask seminar participants to read or re-read the following foundational texts prior to our first meeting. Additional readings will be added monthly during the year.  

Freud, S. Selections from The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud. Ed. J.Strachey.  (1915-16) Volume XV: Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis (Part II).

Freud, S. Selections from The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud. Ed. J.Strachey. Volume XXII (1932-36) New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis and Other Works, Lecture XXIX Revision of the Theory of Dreams

Faculty: Diana Cuello, PhD, Analyst of the School, and Annie Rogers, PhD, Analyst of the School
Dates/Times:  Monthly, September to May, 1st Fridays, 9-11am Pacific Standard time 
Location: On Zoom, by invitation

Contact: Diana Cuello at; Annie Rogers at 
Fee: $500.00 or School Tuition

Diana C. Cuello, Ph.D. is an Analyst of the School and Faculty member of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis. She completed her PhD at Duquesne University in 2011 and has a private practice in Mountain Top Pennsylvania since 2013.  Dr. Cuello offers psychoanalysis remotely via video and phone.

Annie Rogers, Ph.D. is Analyst, Faculty and Supervising Analyst of the Lacanian School of San Francisco. She is also Associate Member of the Association for Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy in Ireland and Professor Emerita of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dr. Rogers has a psychoanalytic practice in Amherst, Massachusetts. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University; a Whiting Fellowship at Hampshire College; and an Erikson Scholar at Austen Riggs; she is the author of A Shining Affliction (Penguin Viking, 1995) and The Unsayable (Random House, 2006), in addition to numerous scholarly articles, short fiction, and poetry. Her most recent book is Incandescent Alphabets: Psychosis and the Enigma of Language (Karnac Books in 2016).

Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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