‘In this compact and illuminating study of the evolving theoretical framework informing psychoanalytic work with couples, the authors highlight concepts that have been most drawn upon in developing dynamic couple therapy. They chart the shifting emphasis away from interpreting and reconstructing the past towards approaches that engage partners and therapists in constructing and reflecting on their encounters with each other in the present. The triangular space that is created through this process contains therapists as well as the couples with whom they talk, and invites us to revisit the essential nature of the therapeutic conversation in this light. A thoughtful and fascinating book that will interest everyone who is keen to understand the interior world of couple psychotherapy.’
—Christopher Clulow, PhD, Senior Fellow, the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, London
About the Authors:
Giulio Cesare Zavattini is Full Professor in couple assessment and clinical intervention; Lecturer in psychoanalytic psychotherapy; a member of the of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) and International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA); a Member of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BSCPC) and of the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (IACFP). He is also a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, and the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. His work has largely focused on the integration of psychodynamic theoretical and clinical work with empirical research strategies primarily in the areas of object relationships and attachment.
Barbara Bianchini is a psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, working privately with individuals, couples and groups. She is a full member of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BSCPC), a member of the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (IACFP), the Associazione di Psicoterapia Psicoanalitica di Gruppo (APG), and the Confederazione delle Organizzazioni Italiane per la ricerca Analitica sui Gruppi (COIRAG), where she teaches psychotherapy. She has been honorary judge at the Milan Court of Appeal in the children and minors section, and a consultant at the ASL Couple and Family Centre in Milan.
Marina Capello is a psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, working privately with adults, adolescents, and couples. She works in the legal field as outpatient psychologist at the Servizio Dipendenze nella Casa di Reclusione di Milano-Opera and as external advisor for the Ministry of Justice at the Ufficio Esecuzione Penale Esterna (UEPE) of Milan and Lodi, where she conducts training courses and supervision groups with psychologists and social workers.
Maria Adelaide Lupinacci is a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist, a member of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) and the IPA. She specialises in the psychoanalysis of children and adolescents. She was secretary of the SPI commission on the analysis of children and adolescents, and of the Centri di Psicoanalisi in Rome. She is author of many papers on the early Oedipus complex, countertransference, guilt, the mind’s space-time, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy of the couple. She works privately in Rome with adults, adolescents, children and couples.
Fabio Monguzzi is a psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, now in private practice after working with various health institutions in the public sector. He is affiliated to the Associazione per la Ricerca in Psicologia Clinica (ARP) and honorary Judge at the Milan juvenile court. He is a full member of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BSCPC) and a member of the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (IACFP).
Lidia Vitalini is a psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and a member of Metandro, which provides medical and psychological services for children from the age of one to four. She works privately with adults, adolescents and couples.