Developments in Field Theory for Psychotherapists, Psychoanalysts and Counsellors

Editor : Robert Snell, Editor : Richard Morgan-Jones, Editor : Del Loewenthal

Developments in Field Theory for Psychotherapists, Psychoanalysts and Counsellors

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : September 2023
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 152
  • Category :
  • Category 2 :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 97486
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032513997
  • ISBN 10 : 1032513993

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This book explores developments in psychoanalytic field theory internationally, and their relevance for therapeutic theory and practice. The roots of psychoanalytic field theory can be traced back to the work of Kurt Lewin, and it has taken particular shape in the hands of the Barangers, Bion and Ferro. The book's focus is on developments in field theory post-Bion ('Post-Bionian Field Theory') in Italy, with contributions from Brazil, Serbia and the USA, in the form of chapters by Boffito, Civitarese, Fagundes, Levine, Mazzacane, Mojovic, Morgan-Jones and Snell and Penna and Hopper. Among the themes the book explores are the transformative potentials of play and the centrality of dreaming. The book is informed by a psychoanalysis not so much of decoding and archeological uncovering as one of being and becoming, within a shared 'field' in which therapist and patient are partners in creating, exploring and developing. The chapter by Mojovic and the commentary by Penna and Hopper extend the use of field theory: in other historical and geographical developments field theory and group analysis have productively been brought together, notably in Argentina where the two are most closely linked. This book will be essential reading for students and scholars of Psychology and Psychotherapy interested in field theory and contemporary psychoanalysis. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling.

About the Editor(s)

Robert Snell is an analytic psychotherapist, a member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Therapeutic Education at Roehampton University. He has a doctorate in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute, and is the author of Théophile Gautier: A Romantic Critic of the Visual Arts, co-author with Del Loewenthal of Postmodernism for Psychotherapists: A Critical Reader), and author of Uncertainties, Mysteries, Doubts. Romanticism and the Analytic Attitude.

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Richard Morgan-Jones is an organisational consultant and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with a practice in Eastbourne, UK. He directs Work Force Health: Consulting and Research. His original education was at Cambridge, Oxford and Exeter Universities in Anthropology, Theology and Education. He worked at the National Institute for Social Work in London 1980-1992 as a consultant and trainer where he developed a course in consulting skills.

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Del Loewenthal is Professor of Psychotherapy and Counselling, and Director of the Research Centre for Therapeutic Education, at the University of Roehampton where he also convenes Doctoral programmes. He is an analytic psychotherapist, chartered psychologist and photographer. He is founding editor of the European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling. He is chair of the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association and former founding chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy Research committee. He also has a small private practice in Wimbledon and Brighton.

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