Indwelling, honoring Susie Orbach March 3, 2018

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On March 3, 2018, Indwelling: Living Securely in our Bodies will celebrate and honor Susie Orbach, co-founder of the WTCI, on the 40 year anniversary of her ground-breaking book, Fat is a Feminist Issue.  The transformative feminist ideas set down in FIFI still astound and as they have evolved are urgently needed today. Susie Orbach's intellectual and clinical life and her social activism continue to excavate and dislodge the interlocking and oppressive patriarchal and capitalistic structures that interfere with a person's ability to be embodied, and to live without fear and anxiety about food and feeding oneself.  In this historical and political moment a voice of resistance embedded in Orbach's critical thinking will help us be hopeful with an expansive vision of mental/body health. 
Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist, writer and co-founder of The Women's Therapy Centre in London and The Women's Therapy Centre in New York. Her first book Fat is a Feminist Issue has been continuously in print in the UK since 1978, with a new introduction in 2016. Her other books include Hunker Strike, What's Really Going on Here?, Towards Emotional Literacy, On Eating, The Impossibility of Sex, Bodies, Fifty Shades of Feminism (co-editor). Her most recent book In Therapy: The Unfolding Story is based on the prize winning Radio 4 series, which was met with large audiences and critical success.
With Luise Eichenbaum she has written Understanding women, What Do Women Want and Between Women. She lectures widely in the UK, Europe and North America, had a column in The Guardian for ten years, has provided consultation advice for organizations from the UK Government and the NHS to the World Bank. She is the co-author of Government commissioned papers on body image, and sat on the UK Government's expert panel. She was a visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.
She continues to help many individuals and couples from her practice in London.

Caroline Rothstein, a New York City-based writer, performer, and eating disorder recovery advocate.

Realize Your Beauty Stacey Lorin Merkl, Founder/Executive Director

Teen slam "Poet and other things", Helena Rampersaud.

— Music by singer/songwriter
Jessa Callan with Dan Castellani.

For Tickets to Indwelling March 3, 2018, Click HERE

Registration: general, $30 / students, $15 Send-A-Sister Donation $25 All are welcome; no ticket purchase is required, and you can pre-register selecting a donation amount that is comfortable for your circumstance. Underwritten tickets are available. Contact
This program is organized in conjunction with Student Health Services at The New School. New School Students: contact Student Health Services/NSSR.

Each spring, The WTCI honors influential leaders at Indwelling. The program includes a variety of performers and artists and, for the past 30 years, has included a Speakout, a time honored traditional forum for people to find their individual voices and share experiences, allowing the personal story of each to be heard, dignified, and transformed by our coming together. Indwelling is followed by a reception.

2017 Honoree and guest speaker Elena Rossini is an Italian filmmaker, writer and artist. Her film The Illusionists — a documentary examining the role of advertising and complicity of the media in perpetuating unattainable body images for women, and increasingly, men and children. Rossini screened her full-length documentary at Indwelling 2017, followed by discussion with the audience.

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In 2016, Indwelling honored our colleagues Linda Arkin, LCSW, Director and Amy Edminster, LCSW, Assistant Director of Connect and Change a project that began in 2004 as a committee of The WTCI. Kathy Conway PhD, LCSW a founding member of Connect and Change spoke about the project. For the last twelve years each of the psychotherapists in Connect and Change has been committed to providing ongoing, pro-bono psychotherapy to one individual who has left an abusive relationship. Linda’s direction has provided vision, commitment, and clinical innovations. Amy’s tireless effort has helped the project become strong and successful. We were delighted with the opportunity to honor our colleagues Linda and Amy, and Connect and Change. 

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2015 Honoree and guest speaker Danielle Sheypuk is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the problems of dating, relationships and sexuality among the disabled. Wheelchair-dependent since childhood, Dr. Sheypuk has acquired special insights into the challenges facing the community, both in the everyday physical world as well as in the areas of mental, emotional and interpersonal well-being. She is is a media commentator, disability-rights advocate and fashion model, with a private practice in NYC.



Sandra Manick, Gibney Dance, Here To Tell
Sandra Manick domestic violence survivor and a Sanctuary for Families mentor liaison and has been advocating for the issue for many years. Here to Tell gives voice to one woman’s journey from struggle to survival.


Maya Osborne performed excepts from her original one-womyn play; FAT TALK, which addresses how a woman is taught to address her body as an intrinsically flawed vessel. FAT TALK premiered at New York Live Arts Theater alongside 5 other moving works within the larger production.

Visual Artists


Caren Jo Shapiro, LCSW - Grappling with issues of abuse, gender, sexuality, femininity and masculinity, Caren Jo Shapiro’s paintings confront the overly consumed, idealized and oppressive values inherent in society. Shapiro is a licensed psychotherapist, who provides counseling services primarily to, women and members of the LGBTQ community on the Lower East Side.

ErinKelli Kilbane - expressionist artist, muralist, curator, and teacher from Staten Island. She is primarily a painter/drawer who exhibits an analytical and sculptural understanding to investigate anatomy and its interactions with the world around us