Couple and Family Psychoanalysis: Volume 12 Number 2

Editor : Christopher Clulow

Couple and Family Psychoanalysis: Volume 12 Number 2

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Couple and Family Psychoanalysis is an international journal sponsored by The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, which aims to promote the theory and practice of working with couple and family relationships from a psychoanalytic perspective.


EDITORIAL by Elizabeth Palacios


– The binds that bond: Disavowed vulnerability in couples with early relational trauma by Ortal Kirson-Trilling

– Through a glass darkly: Bion, unknowing and the couple by Judith Pickering

– Hate in the service of love: The negative therapeutic reaction revisited in couple therapy by James Poulton, Hassim Sefi

– Sexual aversion disorder: A case study, conceptualized and treated from psychodynamic perspective by Norma Caruso

– On psychoanalytic psychotherapy with aggressive couples by Anastasia Tsamparli

– On couple countertransference: Thoughts about the therapist’s experience in psychoanalytic work with couples by Robert Monzo


– Marriage and family in modern China: A psychoanalytic exploration by David Scharff. Reviewed by Damian McCann

– Tell me the truth about love by Susanna Abse. Reviewed by Robert Monzo

– Same-sex couples and other identities: Psychoanalytic perspectives edited by Damian McCann. Reviewed by Joanne Brown


– Mum, by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, directed by Abigail Graham. Reviewed by Marian O’Connor

– Couples therapy & The fly on the wall. Produced by Showtime USA (2019-21), aired on BBC2 and available on BBC iPlayer. Reviewed by Ella Bahaire

– After love (director Aleem Khan, 2021). Supernova (director Harry Macqueen, 2021). Reviewed by Catriona Wrottesley


Paul Pengelly, by Christopher Vincent

Gillian Walton, by Ruth Brook Klauber

About the Editor(s)

Christopher Clulow, PhD, is a Senior Fellow of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, London, where he works as a visiting lecturer and researcher. He has published extensively on marriage, partnerships, parenthood and couple psychotherapy, most recently from an attachment perspective. He has a long history of contributing to thinking about the processes involved in ending relationships, and his most recent work has involved heading up a project identifying competences for treating depression through couple therapy under the Department of Health's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative. He has also recently consulted to and evaluated interventions provided by a mental health agency to reduce depression in parents of young children. He is a founding member and past Deputy Chair of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors and a member of the editorial board for the journal Couple and Family Psychoanalysis.

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