Abigail Bliss, Psy.D., is a 2023 graduate of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, New England

Dissertation Committee:

  • Martha Straus, PhD, Committee Chair
  • Theodore Ellenhorn, PhD, ABPP, Committee Member
  • Gina Pasquale, PsyD, Committee Member


intersubjectivity, Jessica Benjamin, psychoanalytic psychology, psychodynamic psychocology, social psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic activism, race, politics, COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth, Freud

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This dissertation consists of a book proposal, including a completed introduction and first chapter, in addition to detailed chapter outlines summarizing the content for the actual book. After framing this project and exploring its inspiration, which includes Freud and his free clinics (Danto, 2005), the first chapter begins with explorations of multiple theories of intersubjectivity and the analytic third, considering how contemporary sociopolitical factors might affect the intersubjective experience. To this end, I demonstrate how race, politics, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the incorporation of telehealth practices affect the intersubjective experience in psychoanalytic/psychodynamic (PA/PD) psychotherapy. I then research and review PA/PD concepts applied to sociopolitical factors. Then, in service of this knowledge, I explore PA and PD activism, which dates back to Freud and continues to this day. These chapters lead toward consideration of the tasks and significance of PA and PD psychotherapy that ventures to consider factors beyond the intrapsychic, and ultimately builds toward an argument for engaged psychoanalytic activism.


Abigail Bliss

ORCID Scholar ID# 0009-0004-0388-9447