Seasoned Clinician's Notebook: Terri Onstad

Presented by Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas

Saturday, October 21, 2023
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
at via zoom

Therapist as Backup Band: Understanding Psychoanalytic Concepts Through Musical Metaphor
Presented by Terri Onstad, LCMHC


Program Description: Clinical work calls upon our ability to deeply listen, attune to, and “play” with the music our clients bring to us – like backup musicians. Terri Onstad, a psychoanalytic clinician and musician, will discuss how she understands and works with her clients using musical metaphors. She will illustrate how to play with the client's music by employing case examples and concepts, including transference and countertransference, interpretation, relational patterns, rhythm, and frame. This talk will provide fresh musical metaphors to enrich the work of newer and more seasoned clinicians alike.


About the Presenter: Terri Onstad is a licensed clinical mental health counselor practicing intensive psychoanalytic treatment in Durham, NC. Working with adults and couples, she uses concepts from attachment theory to frame her work. Terri received her Master of Education degree from Vanderbilt University in the Human Development Counseling program and is currently an advanced psychoanalytic candidate at the PCC.

Terri has undertaken advanced-level training in attachment theory and is a parent facilitator for the Circle of Security Parenting program. Her work with trauma is enhanced by her training in EMDR. Terri is an active member of the PCC community. She has served as chair of the Scientific Programs Committee and currently serves on the Curriculum Committee and the Anti-Racism Task Force. For six years, she has led a study group, Psychoanalysis at the Margins, concerned with issues and groups historically overlooked by psychoanalytic institutions.


This event is free of charge, but registration is required by 10/18/23.