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Beginning Analysis: On the Processes of Initiating Psychoanalysis | New Library of Psychoanalysis Teaching Series
Reith, Bernard, Mette Møller, John Boots, Penelope Crick, Alain Gibeault, Ronny Jaffè, Sven Lagerlof, and Rudi Vermote
Routledge / Softcover / 2018-02-01 / 1138579289
New Library of Psychoanalysis
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How does a psychoanalysis begin? What goes on when analyst and prospective analysand meet for the first time, and what processes are activated to make the project for an analysis possible?

This unique contribution to the surprisingly sparse literature on this most essential aspect of the psychoanalytical practitioner’s work, is the clinical companion to Initiating Psychoanalysis: Perspectives, also part of the ‘Teaching’ Series of the New Library of Psychoanalysis. Replete with clinical illustrations, this book is based on the findings of an ambitious research project on first interviews carried out from 2004 to 2016 by an international group of psychoanalysts, the Working Party on Initiating Psychoanalysis (WPIP) of the European Psychoanalytic Federation. The authors, all members of the research team, are senior psychoanalysts from member societies of the European Psychoanalytic Federation, all with extensive experience in the practice and teaching of psychoanalytic consultation.

Psychoanalysts and analytic therapists, in particular those in training or setting up their practice, will find Beginning Analysis to be essential reading in deepening their understanding of how analysand and analyst arrive at the decision to begin analysis.


From the Foreword by David Tuckett: ‘This book is very, very important, particularly at the present time. It explores crucial questions for psychoanalysts and, indeed, psychoanalytic patients. What has to happen for a meaningfully psychoanalytic treatment to take off and to become established as worthwhile? What are the challenges in doing so? The authors report detail from eight years of discussions of clinical material held in 45 workshops with up to 500 psychoanalysts from all over the world. Facing the challenges for analysts and patients raised in those discussions, the authors describe how they came to extend the diagnostic-type envelope within which questions of first interviews have been hitherto contained and to begin to question the essence of what makes a psychoanalytic encounter "psychoanalytic. This book is a milestone, even a watershed."

"It takes two to create a psychoanalytic patient. The subtleties of the momentous first encounter, the scene in which explodes with full force the desires, fears and unconscious phantasies of both partners has been researched in a systematic way for the first time. Beginning Analysis: On the Processes of Initiating Psychoanalysis and the previous volume Initiating Psychoanalysis are essential reading for those wanting to build a psychoanalytic practice. Beginning Analysis: On the Processes of Initiating Psychoanalysis is also essential reading for those interested in how to do research using psychoanalytic tools."-Dana Birksted-Breen

Table of Contents

Foreword David Tuckett Chapter 1 Introduction: How and why do people enter psychoanalysis? Chapter 2 Are you an analyst, Ma’am? Overview of the clinical issues with an example of a case study Chapter 3 The lens we looked through: Exploring a method for qualitative clinical research in psychoanalysis Chapter 4 Analysts being analysts: The group exploratory method in action Chapter 5 Facing the storm and creating psychoanalytic space: The vicissitudes of the analytic couple in first interviews Chapter 6 The Opening Scene: From anticipation to initiation Chapter 7 Different Beginnings Chapter 8 Initiating psychoanalysis in institutional settings Chapter 9 Counter-Transference and Enactment Chapter 10 Where are we now? Appendices

About the Authors

Bernard Reith is a Psychoanalyst in private practice in Geneva, a Training Analyst and Chair of the Committee for Research in Psychoanalysis of the Swiss Psychoanalytical Society, Co-Chair for Europe, IPA Working Parties’ Committee and a Board member of the Analyst at Work Section of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Mette Møller is a Psychoanalyst in private practice in Copenhagen, a Training Analyst and former Chair of the Consultation Service of the Danish Psychoanalytic Society.

John Boots is a Child and Family Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst in private practice in Sydney, a Training and Supervising Analyst and past President of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society.

Penelope Crick is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Clinical Director and Head of Adult Services, Institute of Psychoanalysis Clinical Services at the London Clinic of Psychoanalysis and a Psychoanalyst in private practice in London.

Alain Gibeault is a Psychoanalyst in private practice in Paris, a Training Analyst of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society and past Director of the E & J Kestemberg Centre for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, past President of the European Psychoanalytical Federation and past Secretary General of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

Ronny Jaffe is a Psychoanalyst in private practice in Milan, a Training Analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society, President of the Milanese Centre for Psychoanalysis, a Co-Chair of the Committee on Ethics of the International Psychoanalytical Association and former Vice-President of the European Psychoanalytical Federation.

Sven Lagerlöf is a Psychoanalyst in private practice in Stockholm, a Training Analyst of the Swedish Psychoanalytical Association and former Chair of the Clinic of the Swedish Psychoanalytical Society.

Rudi Vermote is Head of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Unit for Personality Disorders, University Psychiatric Centre of the University of Leuven, Campus Kortenberg and Associate Professor of the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Psychology, University of Leuven and a Psychoanalyst and Training Analyst and past President of the Belgian Society of Psychoanalysis.

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