Robert Waska LPCC, M.F.T, Ph.D, a graduate in Psychoanalysis from the Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies and a full analytic member of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. He conducts a full-time private psychoanalytic practice for individuals and couples in San Francisco and Marin County, teaches and supervises in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has presented papers and conducted workshops internationally. Dr. Waska is the author of thirteen published textbooks on Kleinian psychoanalytic theory and technique, is a contributing author for five psychology texts, and has published over one hundred articles in professional journals. He also serves on the review committee for several journals and book publishers. His clinical work, now thirty years in the making, focuses on contemporary Kleinian topics including projective identification, loss, borderline and psychotic states, the practical realities of psychoanalytic practice in the modern world, and the establishment of analytic contact with difficult, hard to reach patients. He emphasizes the moment-to-moment understanding of transference, counter-transference, and internal phantasy as the vehicle for gradual integration and mastery of unconscious conflict between self and other.