Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Systemic Psychotherapist
What is the ‘relational turn’ in psychoanalytic thinking? How is it similar and different to object relations and intersubjectivity theories? This paper draws together key relational psychoanalytic themes: the mutuality of the therapeutic encounter; the inevitability of enactment of dissociated self-states in both therapist and patient; the reciprocal influence of memory and perception; object relating and subject relating; and psychotherapy as a ‘developmental second chance’. These are illustrated by moments of meeting and failures to meet in David’s clinical practice.
David Pocock is the current Chair of the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy. He was for many years Head of Family Therapy at Swindon CAMHS while also maintaining an independent psychotherapy practice for the last 17 years. He co-edited with Carmel Flaskas Systems and Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Integrations in Family Therapy. Karnac 2009
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