Dear Colleagues: I have just successfully finished a Zoom Seminar on Early Affect Confusion: Relational Psychotherapy for the Borderline Client. One of the questions must ask was for me to clarify the distinction between a Borderline Disorder, Pattern, and Style. Here is what I have been writing the past couple of days. I
I am currently working on a short online presentation that I will provide for a feminist association who accepted my proposal of talking about how shame interferes in the helping relationship when professionals are dealing with gender violence victims.
I have been reflecting a lot on how shame becomes such a crucial issue for
I have not posted on this clinical forum recently. I have been busy studying, writing ,and organizing a series of Zoom Seminars. Today I am working on the Seminar that begins on Friday on the topic is the “Psychotherapy of the Borderline Client”.
I realized that over the past few years I have talked
I am happy to anounce that our first article on Relational needs satisfaction scale is finally published in high impact journal Frontiers in Psychology. I hope that the article will contribute to continuing research on relational needs and Erskine’s approach to integrative psychotherapy.
You can find the article here:
Dear Colleagues from Around-the-World:
I have been emotionally disturbed this past week by the display of racism and police brutality in the USA. The conflicts in most American cities brought vivid memories of 1967 & 1968 when I was involved in the civil rights movement and faced racist police who did all they could
I was involved in a dialogue today about my idea of Presence.
When I use the term "Presence" I am referring to the intense internal awareness of the psychotherapist with his or her own body sensations, affect, thought processes, desires and dislikes; these constitute an acute awareness of Self.
Simultaneously, presence involves a moment-by-moment non-judgemental
I have been too overwhelmed and so full of fear lately that it has become almost impossible to come out from my silence…
Then, I have realized that unless I move on, I will get stuck and paralyzed. Because I need and miss my productivity, my vital energy, my enthusiasm…
To battle my stagnation, I
I highly recommend reading the article by Isabella Nuboloni that has just appeared in our IIPA Journal, "A Tender Mother May Be There for Me!": Forms of Vulnerability and Relational Processes Promoting the integration of the Self".
It is beautiful, deep, touching and written in a pleasant and very agile style. That is my
I hope you enjoy the holiday and enjoy a little more free time 🙂
This fall I saw two films that will most likely be nominated for an Oscar.
Both of them impressed me greatly because they were able to stage the deep psychic dynamics that I often encounter in my clients' therapies.
Compassion, hope, and forgiveness are central in a relationally-focused, integrative psychotherapy. These three areas of therapeutic involvement are frequently in my mind attention when I am carefully listening to my client’s narrative. I am continually monitoring my expressions of empathy and desire to be compassionate so that I am affectively attuned to the