1st Edition

Psychogeotherapy Revisioning Therapeutic Space

By Martyna Chrześcijańska Copyright 2021
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Beginning of the flâneur’s journey

    Depth psychology and space

    Depth psychology and identity, memory, experience



    Research questions



    Chapter 2: Revisiting the foundations: Freud and Jung


    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


    Chapter 3: The container as a concept of space


    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


    Containing space – introduction

    Thought as meaning


    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


    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


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


    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


    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


    Creating situations & moments


    Sensual and embodied

    Discovering the Uncanny

    The co-existing unconscious


    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


    Discussions and limitations


    How can psychogeography change depth psychology?






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