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Psychoanalytic Studies of Change: An Integrative Perspective
Edited by Siri Erika Gullestad, Erik Stänicke, Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber
IPA & Routledge / Softcover / Mar 2024
9781032651903 (ISBN-10: 1032651903)
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272 pages
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Psychoanalytic Studies of Change presents recent studies of the process and outcome of psychoanalytic therapy with an integrative perspective.

A recurrent challenge in the discussion of therapeutic outcome is the gap between empirical, quantitative studies, reporting results on a group level, and the clinician’s interest in complex mechanisms of change presupposing microanalysis of dynamic interaction processes. This book bridges that gap via dynamic contributions from a variety of authors. Quantitative and qualitative studies are connected, epistemological and conceptual research is emphasized as specific domains, and in-depth clinical case studies are highlighted. The book also comprises several new contributions to epistemology and conceptual research, as well as chapters discussing the challenge of combining qualitative and quantitative methods in studying process and outcome.

Psychoanalytic Studies of Change will meet a need specifically within psychoanalysis for up-to-date research, but also provides an overview of the latest empirical research on psychoanalysis for a broader clinical and academic group of readers. It will appeal to psychoanalysts in practice and in training.


“This book invites you to immerse yourself in recent psychoanalytic contributions to the study of psychic change and unconscious processes. Written by authoritative voices in the field, the chapters cover an impressive range of expertise, from clinical to statistical and developmental studies, and from neuroscience to a metacognitive analysis of self-reflection. An invaluable guide, this book skillfully navigates the complex terrain of contemporary psychoanalytic research, bridging multiple methodologies and perspectives.” Ricardo Bernardi, Professor Emeritus, School of Medicine, Uruguay

“This book on psychoanalytic studies of change processes presents groundbreaking psychoanalytic and interdisciplinary research on complex interactional processes that may hinder or promote development. It gives insight into the specifics of psychoanalysis as a scientific discipline and demonstrates how early experiences form the personality and how psychoanalytic processes may promote new development given its focus on deep emotional processes. The book is highly recommended for clinicians but also for researchers who want to understand better how enduring changes may develop.” Sverre Varvin, Professor Emeritus, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

Table of Contents:

Part I Process and outcome

1. Trajectory of change in the Individual and the Diagnostic Group: Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) and the Treatment of Personality Pathology

John Clarkin, Nicole Cain, & Eve Caligor.

2. Clinical Outcome and Process Research in the MODE Study: From the Psychoanalysis of a Young Man in Emerging Adulthood

Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber and Gilles Ambresin.

3. Changes in dreams- an indicator for transformation processes in psychoanalysis: Clinical Outcome and Process Research in the MODE Study

Gilles Ambresin and Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber.

4. In the footsteps of Kandel. Epigenetics and therapeutic change

Juan Pablo Jimenez & Yamil Quevedo

5. Diagnosis of Personality Organization – Towards the Evaluation of Severity and Change

Stephan Doering

6. Group Analytic Psychotherapy. An effective treatment?

Steinar Lorentzen

Part II Conceptual studies

7. Psychoanalysis and its distinct epistemology

Erik Stänicke

8. Self-agency and self-reflection - building blocks for a dual self-theory

Werner Bohleber

9. The Mechanism of Change in the ‘Talking Cure’: A Neuropsychoanalytic Perspective

Mark Solms

10. In search of change: The role of affirmation

Siri Erika Gullestad

Part III Prevention

11. Contributing to public policies: A psychoanalytically informed program for helping mother and babies.

Rogerio Lerner.

12. The role of caregivers in the building of self-regulation and symbolization in early infancy

Clara Raznoszczyk Schejtman, Constanza Duhalde, Vanina Huerin, M. Pia Vernengo and Ines Vardy

13. “Building Baby Brains”. A psychoanalytically inspired training program for helping mothers and their babies in Pakistan

Alexandra Harrison and Elizabeth Levey

Part IV In search of methods

14. The self and self-harm – towards a more nuanced understanding of self-harm in adolescence

Line Stänicke

15. Relational competence in psychotherapy

Cecilie Hillestad Hoff

16. Developing therapeutic competence: Learning to work in the transference

Hanne Strømme & Stephan Hau

17. A microanalytic method to investigate psychoanalytic process: In search of the in-between

Juan Pablo Jimenez & Carolina Altimir

About the Editors:

Siri Erika Gullestad is professor emeritus of clinical psychology at the University of Oslo, Norway. She is a training and supervising psychoanalyst and was awarded the Sigourney Award in 2019. An experienced teacher and supervisor, she is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Theory and Practice of Psychoanalytic Therapy: Listening for the Subtext (with Bjørn Killingmo, Routledge).

Erik Stänicke is professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oslo, Norway, and a training psychoanalyst. He is an experienced supervisor and teacher and is the author of numerous books and articles.

Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber is professor emeritus for psychoanalysis at the University of Kassel, Germany. She is former director of the Sigmund-Freud-Institut in Frankfurt a.M., senior scientist at the University of Medicine in Mainz, a training and supervising analyst and author of numerous books and articles. She is the recipient of awards including the 2016 Sigourney Award and the IPA’s Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award.

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