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Interpretation in Couple and Family Psychoanalysis

Cross-Cultural Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Timothy Keogh, Elizabeth Palacios


280 pages

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This collection of contemporary clinically-oriented papers covers a range of theoretical approaches to the fundamentally important technical issue of interpretation. It offers thought-provoking, cross-cultural clinical perspectives about interpretation with illustrations from cutting edge clinical practice with couples and families.

Divided into three parts, the first section of the book examines interpretation within the broader field of psychoanalysis, and notes how it has been applied to couple and family psychoanalysis. Part 2 considers the current use of interpretation with couples, including how it informs assessment, while Part 3 focuses on its application with families and considers a broad range of key topics, including the nature of family, social and intergenerational links, the arrival of a new-born, same sex couples’ families, bereavement in a family, and families with adolescent children. Each chapter is followed by a lively discussion piece. 

Interpretation in Couple and Family Psychoanalysis: Cross-Cultural Perspectives represents a major contribution to the field of couple and family psychoanalysis. It reflects the fruits of an unparalleled era of global collaboration
 and resultant re-shaping of approaches to clinical practice with couples and families. Mental health professionals dealing with couples and families will find it to have immediate relevance to their clinical work, either in their institutional or private practice.


"Interpreting deep unconscious conflicts to a couple or to a family can vex even the most experienced of mental health practitioners. Fortunately, Timothy Keogh and Elizabeth Palacios have assembled an internationally renowned community of sagacious psychoanalysts who share their extensive clinical wisdom in generous fashion. I only wish that I had access to such a magnificent text when I began my training. This book would have been the perfect road map." --Professor Brett Kahr, Senior Fellow, Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, London, and Trustee of the Freud Museum London

"This book will have immediate relevance to clinicians. It represents an edited collection of papers from a conference organised by the International Psychoanalytical Association’s Couple and Family Psychoanalysis Committee (COFAP) hosted by the Madrid Psychoanalytical Association (MPA) in Madrid in 2017. The conference was not only a high level scientific meeting, but one wherein there was a real debate of ideas from different cultural perspectives. This excellent book captures the theoretical and clinical plurality, which enriched the exchanges between colleagues at the conference that emphasised respect for thought, difference and creativity. It provides the reader with an exciting and accessible text on the important topic of interpretation." --Teresa Olmos de Paz, President of the Madrid Psychoanalytical Association

Table of Contents


About the editors and contributors

Series editor’s foreword

Christopher Clulow

Editor’s Preface

Timothy Keogh and Elizabeth Palacios


Chapter 00: Approaches to interpretation with couples and families


Timothy Keogh and Elizabeth Palacios

European perspective

Elizabeth Palacios

British perspective

Mary Morgan

North American perspective

David and Jill Scharff

South American Perspective

Janine Puget

Australasian perspective

Timothy Keogh


Chapter 01: Complex and Creative: The Field of Couple Interpretation

Mary Morgan

Discussant perspective: Hanni Mann Shalvi

Discussant perspective: Roberta Gorischnik

Chapter 02: The Role of Interpretation in the Assessment Phase of Couple Psychoanalysis

Timothy Keogh and Cynthia Gregory-Roberts

Discussant perspective: Damian McCann

Discussant perspective: Alicia Leisse De Lustgartgen

Chapter 03: Demand Analysis: The Treatment of the Couple

Pedro Gil & Carmen Monedero

Discussant perspective: Rosa Jaitin

Chapter 04: Therapeutic Intervention with the Couple Link

Miguel Alejo Spivacow

Section II Interpretation in Family Psychoanalysis

Chapter 05: Interpretation in Family Psychoanalysis

Diana Norsa & Anna Nicolò

Discussant perspective: Janine Puget

Discussant perspective: Carl Bagnini


Chapter 06: Links to the past and to wider social issues in a family assessment

David and Jill Scharff

Discussant perspective: Anastasia Tsamparli

Chapter 07: Interpretation in a Family with Adolescents

Mónica Vorchheimer

Discussant perspective: Jeanne Magagna

Discussant perspective: Pilar Puertas

Chapter 08: Crossroads in Contemporary Family Clinical Practice

Alicia Monserrat and Elizabeth Palacios

Discussant perspective: Carles Pérez Testor

Discussant perspective: Caroline Sehon

Chapter 09: Fighting the Darkness: A Family in Mourning

Janine Wanlass

Discussant perspective: Daniela Lucarelli

Discussant perspective: Susana Muszkat

Chapter 010: The Mess Monster: Family Therapy in the Context of the arrival of the New-born Brother

Antonia Llairó

Discussant perspective: Sonia Kleinman

Discussant perspective: Juan González Rojas

Chapter 011: The Mystery, The Turbulence and the Passion of Infantile Phantasy in the Couple Whose pain is it: A shared internal world of un-mourned objects

Karen Proner

Discussant perspective: Amita Sehgal

Discussant perspective: Anna Romagosa Huguet

Chapter 012: Ideas on Interpretation

Lia Cypel

Discussant perspective: Barbara Bianchini


About the Editors

Timothy Keogh is a Training Analyst with the Australian Psychoanalytical Society, Senior Lecturer, Medical School, University of Sydney, Co-chair for Australasia of the IPA’s Committee on Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, a Vice President of the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (IACFP) and the Vice President, Australasian Confederation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies (ACPP).

Elizabeth Palacios is a Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst with the Madrid Psychoanalytical Association and the International Psychoanalytical Association. She is Co-chair for Europe of IPA’s Committee on Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (COFAP), and President of the Aragonese Association for the Investigation of Child and Adolescent Psychic Life (AAPIPNA) member of FEAP.

About the Series

The Library of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis

The library consolidates and extends the work of Tavistock Relationships, and offers the best of psychoanalytically informed writing on adult partnerships and couple psychotherapy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family