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Sabina Spielrein, Maria Bonaparte, Anna Freud, & Lou Andreas-Salomé:
Pioneer Female Analysts Who Challenged Freud's Vision of The Feminine

A Dramatic Reading illuminating the lives and struggles of the female psychoanalysts who were closest to Freud


The Players: Elliot Adler, Ph.D., ABPP; Sarah Berry-Tschinkel, LCSW; Louise DeCosta, Ph.D., LCSW;
Lauren Friedman, LCSW; and Susan Quinn
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fee: For each performance:
$ 65.00  General Admission
$ 55.00  SFCP Analyst Member, PPM, and Community Members
$ 45.00  SFCP Candidate

The relation of psychoanalysis, sexuality, and femininity is complex and laden with controversy. From its inception, psychoanalytic thought about female development was largely defined by men. Many of these first generation male analysts approached woman as a “dark continent” and femininity as a “mystery”. Freud himself puzzled with contradictory trains of thought.

Sabina Spielrein, Anna Freud, Lou Andreas-Salome, and Marie Bonaparte were among the intimate circle of Freud’s Women who challenged the main pillars of the 19th/early 20th century patriarchal social order.

The story of their unique relationships with Freud, the impact they had upon him as well as their personal struggles are presented as theatrical drama – in their own words based on exchanged correspondences.



Elliot Adler, Ph.D., ABPP (Sigmund Freud) is a psychoanalyst currently on the Teaching and Supervising Faculty, as well as a member of The Board of Directors at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychology. He is also currently a Supervisor and Faculty Member of the National Program in Psychoanalysis at NIP. He is a former President of Section One, (Psychoanalysis), Division 39 of the American Psychological Association; former Associate Dean of Training at The Postgraduate Center for Mental Health Psychoanalytic Institute. In a teaching career spanning more than 40 years, he has taught numerous courses and supervised psychoanalytic candidates in psychoanalytic training programs around the Metropolitan area and throughout the USA, including Denver, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Boston. He is co-author, with Janet Bachant, of Working in Depth: Framework and Flexibility in the Analytic Relationship published by Jason Aronson. He maintains a private practice in Westchester and Manhattan.

Sarah Berry-Tschinkel, LCSW (Sabina Spielrein, Author) is a psychoanalyst in private practice, maintaining offices in downtown Manhattan, as well as the Hudson River town of Cold Spring, NY. She is a graduate of the Smith College School for Social Work, and the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association. A former dancer and actress, her undergraduate degree is from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Drama Department. She has been a long standing contributor to the ART/New York series on contemporary art and artists, creating text and providing on camera narration for over 20 programs featuring artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Jean Michel Basquiat, and many others. Sarah is a member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association Steering Committee and serves as Secretary of the governing body, as well as co-director of Clinical Evenings for the organization. She was recently featured as plenary speaker at The Art & Psyche Conference in Siracusa, Sicily, and has presented at Smith College, IFPE in Pasadena, CA, The Charleston Jung Society, The Freud Museum, London and others.

Louise DeCosta, Ph.D., LCSW (Anna Freud, Creative Director, co-Author) is a faculty member, supervisor and training analyst currently affiliated with the Institute of the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society and a member of the C.G.Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology. In private practice for 40 years, her training includes work and study in the USA and London, UK at The Tavistock Clinic. For the past nine years, Dr. DeCosta has been the Creative Director of A Psychoanalytic Trilogy: dramatic readings of The Freud/Jung Letters (premier: 2011), The Freud/Ferenczi Letters (2013) and The Women: Our Psychoanalytic Mothers (2016) which won the Gradiva award for Best Play 2017. To date, these productions have been presented on 30 occasions in the USA, Copenhagen, Prague, Florence, Italy, Buenos Aires and at The Freud Museum in London.

Lauren Friedman, LCSW. (Lou-Andreas Salome) For the past 35 years, I have enjoyed a psychotherapy practice in New York City. My work has been greatly influenced by a sustained involvement with Buddhist thought , the practice of mindful meditation and the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and Norman Fischer. I am a graduate of the NYU School of Social Work, The Post graduate Center for Mental Health and The Westchester Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Having graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in the Drama Department, I have worked as an actor in theater, film and television, most recently, the film Marshall. Theater work has recently included, staged readings of The Orestia and Penthiselea at German House at NYU and in Italy. Television work has included The Triangle Factory Fire, Raid on Entebbe and Hester Street. Lastly, I have the distinction of being married to a man, who while a student at the London School of Economics, had the honor of escorting Anna Freud home from class.

Susan Quinn, (Marie Bonaparte, Lead Author) is an award-winning biographer. Her current book, Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady, the story of the intimate relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok, is published by Penguin Books (2016). She is also the author of A Mind of Her Own: The Life of Karen Horney (Summit, 1987) Marie Curie: A Life (Simon and Schuster, 1995) and Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art Out of Desperate Times (Bloomsbury, 2008). Quinn received the Boston Globe Winship award for A Mind of Her Own, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and Rockefeller residency to work on her biography of Marie Curie. The Curie book has been translated into eight languages. She was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by the University of Wisconsin. She has contributed to The Atlantic and New York Times, among other publications. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with her husband, Daniel Jacobs, who is a psychoanalyst.