1st Edition

Psychogeotherapy
Revisioning Therapeutic Space




ISBN 9780367681241
Published December 30, 2020 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

Psychogeotherapy offers a critical exploration of the roles played by ideas of space and containment in psychotherapy. Employing approaches from psychogeography with a focus on the praxis of ‘aimless walking’, it explores alternate models of therapeutic space and what the author terms ‘psychogeotherapy’.

The book gives a fresh and creative perspective on therapeutic work and its relationship to space, drawing on a range of existing approaches including Freudian, post-Freudian, Jungian and post-Jungian perspectives. With perspectives from various disciplines such as art, social studies, cultural studies and philosophy, the book interrogates the dominant models of containment in psychotherapy and discusses these models from different perspectives to shed new light on classical concepts of therapeutic space and containment in depth psychology and psychotherapy.

This book will be of great interest for academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of analytical psychology, psychotherapy, psychogeography and mental health.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Beginning of the flâneur’s journey

Depth psychology and space

Depth psychology and identity, memory, experience

Containment

Psychogeography

Research questions

Structure

Summary

Chapter 2: Revisiting the foundations: Freud and Jung

Introduction

Topographic and archaeological model of the psyche: S. Freud.

Origins of the topographic model

Theatre of memory

Self-regulatory system

Body-map orientation

Power relations

Archetypal manifestation

Euclidean model of space

Summary: Freud

The well-sealed vessel and dwelling: C.G. Jung

Dwelling and de-structuring

Sacred geometry and maternal space

Building as a process

Summary

Chapter 3: The container as a concept of space

Introduction

Playing within boundaries: sandplay

The nature or beyond boundaries: ecopsychology

Holding and transitional spaces: Donald Winnicott

Between id and ego spaces: Paul Schilder

Manifestation of inside: Adrian Stokes

Chapters 2 and 3: Summary

Chapter 4: The container as a concept of space

Introduction

Containing space – introduction

Thought as meaning

Idealisation

Biological model

Uterine container

The general concept of containing space in depth psychology

Chapter 5: Containing space in depth psychology: moving beyond the fixed image

Introduction

Boundaries and borders

Categories of thinking

Geometrisation and perspective

Feminine space and colonisation

Self-contained and autonomous identity

Uncontained states of mind and defensiveness

Shadow: Claustrum and Panopticon

Summary

Chapter 6: Between containing spaces and new spaces: a critical comparison

Introduction

Experience: between Erlebnis and Erfahrung

Memory: Between Theatre and Mnemosyne

Meanings: between connections and structures

Emergence: between connections and patterns

Space: Between designed space and lived space

Walking as a method: between praxis and theoria.

Chapter 7: Psychogeography as a therapeutic space: features and a case study

Introduction

Psychogeotherapeutic space: features

Recording experiences

Dérive as a new reverie

Transitions and non-bounded space

Without a map, centre or destination

Aesthetical dimension: transformation of perception

Détournement

Creating situations & moments

Playfulness

Sensual and embodied

Discovering the Uncanny

The co-existing unconscious

Interconnectedness

Relationality: the encounter

The socio-political dimension: inside out/ outside in

Case study – ‘The analytic third. Working with intersubjective clinical facts’

Chapter 8: Discussions, limitations and conclusions

Introduction

Discussions and limitations

Conclusions

How can psychogeography change depth psychology?

Memory

Identity

Experience

References

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Author(s)

Biography

Martyna Chrześcijańska is a lecturer at London Metropolitan University, School of Social Professions. She completed her PhD in Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies.