1st Edition

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Between Identity and Change

Edited By Luigia Cresti, Isabella Lapi Copyright 2025
    192 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Between Identity and Change reconsiders psychoanalytic psychotherapy for contemporary contexts.

    This book stems from several years-long study and research pathway and intends to offer pragmatic and innovative working tools. The contributors approach psychoanalytic psychotherapy as its own practice with distinctive features and benefits to patients. Each chapter considers the history of the field as well as today’s social and cultural context, presenting innovative approaches based on each author’s clinical experience. A range of settings and applications, including online therapy, artistic expression, and psychotherapy with personality disorders, are explored.

    Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Between Identity and Change will be of interest to psychoanalytic psychotherapists and psychoanalysts in practice and in training.

    Note on translation

    Author list


    Rosa Romano Toscani



    Manuela Trinci



    Luigia Cresti, Isabella Lapi



    1. Luigia Cresti, Antonio Suman

    Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy between identity and change


    2. Luigia Cresti

    Non-interpretive therapeutic factors: containing functions in the therapeutic relationship


    3. Luigia Cresti (with clinical contributions by E.Di Mauro and G. Mercuriali)

    The body in the therapeutic relationship


    4. Isabella Lapi

    Gestures that touch, actions that heal


    5. Stefania Pampaloni, Cristina Pratesi

    New territories for the patient. The therapist's dreams


    6. Alfredina Fiori, Cristina Pratesi

    Patients unable to dream


    7. Corrado D'Agostini

    Adaptations of technique in the psychotherapy of borderline patients


    8. Cristina Diana Canzio

    Psychotherapy and artistic expression.


    9. Cristina Pratesi

    “Directing our caravans to the West”. Distance Psychotherapy


    10. Antonio Suman

    And the door closes. Concluding reflections




    Luigia Cresti is a psychologist, adult and child psychotherapist. She is a Founder Member and former president of the Florentine Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (AFPP) and a former European Delegate for EFPP. She is also Editor in Chief of the scientific journal, Contrappunto.

    Isabella Lapi is a psychologist and child and adult psychotherapist, and president of AFPP. She is former chief Consultant of Mental Health Department, expert in training of medical staff, specialist in bioethics, perinatality and mourning.

    “The editors of this remarkable book have forged their ideas and concepts with an assembled group of inspired and engaging authors. Their contributions are rooted in clinical work and deep theoretical understanding. This book is not only a blueprint for clinicians and students alike, but will stand as a reference in defining the discussion of the identity of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, present and future.” - Hansjorg Messner M.A, EFPP board member, BPC and senior BPF member


    “A multi-voiced, well-articulated book, with diverse theoretical and clinical approaches but with the common denominator of the specific methodological training of Freudian psychoanalysis in its various forms and the passion for good work. In a dynamic balance between attention to the confusing inconveniences of the civilisation of our times and a firm basic trust in our basic paradigms, it offers a testimony and a point of reference for teaching activity and daily clinical practice as well as for a broader vision on the ethical role of a talking therapy in today's society.” – Simona Argentieri, Psychiatrist, Psichoanalyst, Member of Associazione Italiana di Psicoanalisi

    “This book focuses on the development of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy from a contemporary scientific and cultural perspective. The authors, rather than look once again how to differentiate those above, they moved their attention on the new and stimulating contributions on the psychotherapeutic theory and technique. Change and Identity are the key words leading the reader through a fascinating journey inside the clinical practice.” - Cristina Călărășanu, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, EFPP Vice President and  Chair of the Couple and Family Section.