1st Edition

The State of the Psychoanalytic Nation, Volume I

Edited By Paul Cundy, Jessica Yakeley Copyright 2024

    This book charts the ways in which psychoanalytic psychotherapy has been implemented, developed and researched within the public sectors of twelve different countries around the world. It discusses how psychoanalytic practitioners locally have responded to the challenge of evidence-based practice. For each country the authors describe:

    • How people can access talking therapies as part of the national healthcare system, including a brief history of how this system has developed and the place of psychoanalytic psychotherapy inside/outside of this system historically

    • How clinicians train and qualify as a psychoanalytic practitioner, and demographic profiles of their communities of psychoanalytic practice

    • How evidence-based practice has impacted the mental health system and, in particular, access to and provision of talking therapies e.g. through the development and implementation of treatment guidelines

    • How outcome monitoring and reporting of access, waiting times and recovery rates are used in the commissioning and provision of psychological therapies

    • What is needed to secure a viable future for psychoanalytic psychotherapy

    The first of two volumes, this book will be of great interest to all practicing psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists. The chapters in these volumes were originally published as special issues of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.


    Jessica Yakeley

    1. Psychodynamic therapy in Canada in the era of evidence-based practice

    Allan A. Abbass, Giorgio A. Tasca, Helen-Maria Vasiliadis, Jessica Spagnolo, David Kealy, Paul L. Hewitt, Catherine Hébert, Martin Drapeau and Norman Doidge


    2. Access to psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in the US

    Eric M. Plakun


    3. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Austria

    Karoline Parth, Melitta Fischer-Kern, Hemma Rössler-Schülein and Stephan Doering


    4. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Finland

    Olavi Lindfors and Matti Keinänen


    5. Psychodynamic therapy in the public sector in Italy: then and now. The opportunity of evidence-based practice in the birthplace of ‘care-in-the-community’

    Paolo Migone


    6. Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the South African context

    Yael Kadish and Cora Smith


    7. State of the psychoanalytic nation: Switzerland

    Fabrice Herrera, Bernard Reith, Jean-Nicolas Despland and Gilles Ambresin


    8. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Denmark: development, implementation in the public health service and present status

    Bent Rosenbaum, Francisco Alberdi, Anne Lindhardt and Tove Mathiesen


    9. The psychoanalytic psychotherapy endeavour in the Greek public sector

    E. Layiou-Lignos, L. Anagnostaki, I. Malogiannis and H. Karamanolaki


    10. Enduring the chaos. Psychoanalytical psychotherapy in Poland

    D. Dembińska-Krajewska, K. Prot-Klinger, L. Kalita and J. Groth


    11. ‘State of the psychoanalytic nation’ Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

    Claudio Pignoloni


    12. State of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Bosnia and Herzegovina since the 1992–95 war

    Esmina Avdibegović, Bojan Šošić and Maja Dobranić-Posavec


    Paul Cundy is a Consultant Adult Psychotherapist and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Lead at North East London NHS Foundation Trust, UK. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Leicester, UK and Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

    Jessica Yakeley is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy, Director of the Portman Clinic, and Director of Medical Education at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. She is a fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, London, UK and former Editor of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.