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1st Edition

Revisioning Therapeutic Space

ISBN 9780367681258
Published August 1, 2022 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



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?





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