Co-sponsored by: The New York University Silver School of Social Work,
the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, & NASW-NYS
, CEU provider for NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts, Licensed Social Workers, Licenses Mental Health Counselors, & Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

Panel: Leonard Cohen: Embattled Spirit

Where: New York University, Kimmel Center for University Life; 60 Washington Square South, New York City

When: Friday, June 1st, 2018;   9:55 am - 10:45 am   


Panelists: Sandra Indig, LCSW-R , NCPsyA, ATR-CB, NYSSCSW &  Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD, Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis



The lyrics, poetry, sensuality, and psychohistory of Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) are seen through the lens of creativity/creative process and neurobiology. Cohenís relentlessly deep yearning to live a livable and meaningful life are explored. This discussion also includes recognition of Cohenís rootedness in biblical text and tradition, the will to flourish despite many challenges of living with a compulsive peripatetic life style, addiction to substances, and characterological challenges. 


Learning Points:

At the end of this educational activity, its participants will be able to:

1) discuss the two ways in which retreating from every-day life, including psychotherapy, can help or hinder, reduce or increase stress, anxiety, substance abuse, and possible pathology;

2) analyze how Leonard Cohenís psychohistory influenced his creative work and object or relational choices; his propensity to seek out and nourish violent and marginal persons;

3) illustrate how negative emotions and attachments often have survival value;

4) demonstrate how sound can function as a container for projected internal toxic objects. 



Cohen, L. (1974). New Skin for the Old Ceremony (Album).

Cohen, L. (2007). Book of longing. NY, NY: Ecco/ HarperCollins.

Cohen, L. (2010). Book of mercy. Toronto, Canada: McClelland & Stewart Co. 

Cohen, L. (2011). Poems and songs (Ereryman's Library Pocket Poet Series). 

Indig, S. (2016). Talking colors: Seeing words/ Hearing images. NY, NY: MindMend Publishing.

Indig, S. (2017). Reclamation and restoration: Heroes in the seaweed. In G. Hagman (Ed.), Art, creativity and psychoanalysis: Perspectives from analyst-artists (Chapter 8, pp. 106-122). London, UK: Routledge.

Light, A. (2013). The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of 'Hallelujah'. NY, NY: Atria Books. 

Remnick, D. (2017, October 17). Leonard Cohen makes it darker. The New Yorker.

Rolling Stone (2012). How Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah brilliantly mingled sex, religion. Retrieved from:  https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/exclusive-book-excerpt-leonard-cohen-writes-hallelujah-in-the-holy-or-the-broken-20121203

Rozentsvit, I. (2014). Biology of the beholderís visual and emotional response to art.  [Workshop and power-point presentation, NYSSCSW, March 30, 2014, NYC.]

Sacks, O. (20018). Musicophilia: Tales of music and the brain. NY, NY: Vintage Books.

Seinfeld, J. (1993). Interpreting and holding. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.

Simmons, S. (2013). I'm Your Man: The life of Leonard Cohen. NY, NY: Ecco/ HarperCollins.

Winnicott, D.W. (1971). Playing and Reality. London, UK: Tavistock.

Bios of the Presenters:

Sandra Indig, LCSW-R/LP, NCpsyA, ATCB (psych4arts@hotmail.com) is a psychoanalyst/ psychotherapist in private practice in NYC. She was trained at New York University (MSW) and at the Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy and Mental Health (certified in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis).  She is an artist, showing nationally and internationally, an active member of many art societies (The American Alliance of Museums); curated numerous exhibits (including three for the NYSSCSW); as well as serving as the chair of the Committee for Creativity and Transformation at the NYSSCSW.  Sandra was twice a nominee of NAAP Gradiva Award for contributions to art and psychoanalysis. For examples of her art work and writing go to www.sindig.com.

Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD, MSciEd (inna.rozentsvit@gmail.com) is a neurologist and neurorehabilitation specialist, trained in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. She is the founder of and the neuropsychoeducator at the Neurorecovery Solutions, Inc. (a non-profit organization). Dr. Rozentsvit is an administrator, a community outreach organizer, and a scientific faculty member at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, NYC, where she teaches classes on Introduction to Neurobiology for Psychotherapists and Psychoanalysts and Love Before First Sight: Neurobiology of the Parent-Child Bonds.  She also had founded a psychoanalytic publishing company, the ORI Academic Press and the transdisciplinary journal, the MindConsiliums, both with one of the main aims of promotion of neuro-psychoanalytic education to professionals and to general public. For her neuropsychoeducational blog, visit www.innarozentsvit.com.

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