Couple and Family Psychoanalysis

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An international, peer-reviewed journal, promoting the theory and practice of working with couple and family relationships from a psychoanalytic perspective

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Couple and Family Psychoanalysis provides a forum for disseminating current ideas and research and for developing clinical practice.

It is sponsored by the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology and published by Phoenix Publishing House.

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Contents of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis: Volume 12 Number 1
Special issue - Therapy in the time of Covid-19

Editorial by Jill Savege Scharff

Articles
  • Community Response to the Impact of COVID: Psychoanalytic crisis intervention with a couple
    Elizabeth Palacios
    Commentaries on Palacios’s paper by Graciela Abelin-Sas Rose and Leora Benioff
  • COVID-19, Catastrophic Lockdown, and a Couple Retreat
    Joanne Brown
  • To Gaze beyond the Screen: Appreciating the communicative function of mise en scène in online psychotherapy
    Pierre Cachia
  • How Close is Too Close? Some thoughts on couple psychotherapy in a time of constricted living imposed by Covid
    Kate Thompson
  • Inside Out and Outside In: Exploring the interplay between social and psychic structures in the pandemic era
    Andi Pilecki Eliza-Christie
Book Reviews
  • Psychoanalysis and Covidian Life: Common Distress, Individual Experience
    by Howard B. Levine and Ana de Staal – reviewed by Caroline Sehon
  • Freud’s Pandemics. Surviving Global War, the Spanish Flu, and the Nazis
    by Brett Kahr – reviewed by Christopher Clulow
  • Psychoanalytic Work with Families and Couples: Clinical Perspectives on Suffering
    by Susana Kuras Mauer, Sara Moscona and Silvia Resnizky – reviewed by James Poulton
  • The Curiosity Drive: Our Need for Inquisitive Thinking
    by Philip Stokoe – reviewed by Robert Monzo
Arts Reviews
  • Good Grief
    by Lorien Haynes, directed by Natalie Abrahamid
    Reviewed by Elle Sidel
  • Singer Rita Antonopoulou and guitarist Manolis Androulidakis
    outdoor concert at the Pedion Areos Park, Athens, June 2021
    A personal experience by Nora Tsatsas
Conference Reports
  • 9th International Congress of the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (IACFP): “Advances in couple and family psychoanalysis in the contemporary world.”
    by Anne Anttonen
  • 9th International Congress of the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, and first International E-Congress: “The Irrepresentable.”
    by Rosa Jaitin
Obituary
  • Janine Puget—19 December 1926 to 5 November 2021
    Rosa Jaitin (edited and translated by Christopher Clulow)

Notes on contributors

New writer prize

Forthcoming events
  • The International Review of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 25(2): Advances in Couple and Family Psychoanalysis in Today’s World

  • L’Association Française des Centres de Consultation Conjugale
    Dialogues 233 and 234

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Previous issues

Couple and Family Psychoanalysis: Volume 11 Number 2

Guest Editor: Christopher Vincent

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.

CONTENTS

EDITORIAL

ARTICLES
To be or not to be three: a clinical narrative, an unanswered question by Jill Savege Scharff
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v11n2.2021.113

The role of secrets in the invention or reinvention of families by Susana Muszkat and Monica Vorchheimer
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v11n2.2021.129

A brief psychodynamic intervention for couples with unresolved grief: a case study report by Diana Kenny, Timothy Keogh, Cynthia Gregory-Roberts, John Kearney, and Judith Pickering
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v11n2.2021.142

Creative illusion in couples: thoughts about the value of transitional experience for couple relationships by Julie Friend
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v11n2.2021.158

The application of contemporary self psychology to couple psychotherapy by Carla Leone
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v11n2.2021.170

Shame, culture, and gender: rethinking the treatment model for couple therapy after an affair by Yun Pang
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v11n2.2021.187

BOOK REVIEWS
The Tavistock Century: 2020 Vision edited by Margot Waddell and Sebastian Kraemer – reviewed by Stanley Ruszczynski
Sexuality and Gender Now: Moving Beyond Heteronormativity edited by Leezah Hertzmann and Juliet Newbigin – reviewed by Perrine Moran
Working with Attachment in Couples Therapy: A Four-Step Model for Clinical Practice by Jim Donovan – reviewed by Christopher Clulow
Jack by Marilynne Robinson – reviewed by David Hewison

ARTS REVIEWS
Normal People, TV series directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald – reviewed by Erica Herrero-Martinez
Aida, by Giuseppe Verdi, set design and direction by Franco Zeffirelli – reviewed by Maureen Boerma
– Thoughts on reading “Aftershocks”, a contemporary poem by A. E. Stallings – reviewed by Susan Pacey

OBITUARY
Jeannie Milligan (1949–2021) by Brett Kahr

Couple and Family Psychoanalysis: Volume 11 Number 1 (Special Issue: Separation and Divorce)

Guest Editor: Kate Thompson

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.

CONTENTS

EDITORIAL

ARTICLES
Notes on working with divorcing and separating couples by Avi Shmueli
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v11n1.2021.1

Co-parent therapy and the parenting plan as transitional phenomena: working psychoanalytically with high-conflict separating and divorcing couples by Dana Iscoff
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v11n1.2021.14

Fractured families, fractured systems: overcoming the silo mentality in family justice work by Amita Sehgal
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v11n1.2021.27

Creating a family state of mind: using psychoanalytic ideas to treat families where children resist or refuse contact with a parent by Kathy Sinsheimer
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v11n1.2021.41

Marriages and remarriages: different stages of a dating relationship by Isabel Cristina Gomes and Lidia Levy
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v11n1.2021.53

Divorce in China by David Scharff
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v11n1.2021.63

Micro-separations: how to traumatise your spouse on a daily basis by Brett Kahr
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v11n1.2021.76

BOOK REVIEWS
The Brain has a Mind of its Own: Attachment, Neurobiology and the New Science of Psychotherapy by Jeremy Holmes – reviewed by Christopher Clulow
Psychoanalytic Approaches to Loss: Mourning, Melancholia and Couples edited by Timothy Keogh and Cynthia Gregory-Roberts – reviewed by Kate Thompson

FILM REVIEWS
Hope Gap, directed by William Nicholson – reviewed by Perrine Moran and Nora Tsatsas
Marriage Story, directed by Noah Baumbach – reviewed by Viveka Nyberg

DOCUMENTARY REVIEW
Supporting children when parents separate. An online resource from the Centre for Social Policy. A filmed interview of Professor Mervyn Murch by Dr Christopher Clulow by Avi Shmueli

Couple and Family Psychoanalysis: Volume 10 Number 2

Editor: James L. Poulton

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.

This issue contains a special section to celebrate the centenary of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology.

CONTENTS

EDITORIAL

ARTICLES
– Can the “internal couple” be our faithful life-long partner? by Molly Ludlam
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.129

– Couples for couples: co-therapy as interpretive action by Christopher Clulow and Amita Sehgal
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.143

– Drugs, sex and love: narrative of an object relations couple therapy by Jill Savege Scharff and Dina Oren
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.157

CENTENARY CELEBRATION
– The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, 1920-2020 by Brett Kahr
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.173

– A brief history of Tavistock Relationships by Andrew Balfour
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.179

– Our relationship to the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology and Tavistock Relationships by Jill Savege Scharff and David E. Scharff
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.186

– Four decades of international collaboration with Tavistock Relationships by Philip A. Cowan and Carolyn Pape Cowan
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.191

Responses to ‘Should “sensate focus” have a place in couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy’
– Should “sensate focus” have a place in couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy? by Maureen Boerma and Catriona Wrottesley
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.198

– Commentary on Integrative Teaching and Treatment Modalities in Couple Psychosexual Therapy: reply to Susan Pacey by Carla Trusty-Smith
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.203

OCCASIONAL REVIEWS
– Mental health implications of COVID-19 quarantine and the experience of online couple therapy by David Hewison
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.208

– Psychic space and psychic retreats: Reflections on Tavistock Relationships 2019 Advanced Couples Summer School
 by Gael Beckett
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.213

BOOK REVIEWS
– How to Flourish as a Psychotherapist by Brett Kahr – reviewed by Susanna Abse
– Engaging Couples: New Directions in Therapeutic Work with Families 
edited by Andrew Balfour, Christopher Clulow, and Kate Thompson – reviewed by Sandra Evans

ART REVIEWS
– Portrait of the Artist Käthe Kollwitz, Exhibition at The British Museum – reviewed by Molly Ludlam
– The Wife, directed by Björn Junge  – reviewed by Susan Pacey and Nora Tsatsas
– Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury, directed by Nadia Latif – reviewed by Marian O’Connor

REPORT
– The Seventh IPA Conference on Couple and Family Psychoanalysis San Francisco, California, 6-9 February, 2020 by Leora Benioff and Lee Slome

 

Couple and Family Psychoanalysis: Volume 10 Number 1 (special issue: musical connections)

Editor: Christopher Clulow

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.

The journal board have put together a Spotify playlist to accompany this special issue on musical connections – click here to enjoy!

CONTENTS

EDITORIAL

ARTICLES

BOOK REVIEWS

  • A Couple State of Mind: Psychoanalysis of Couples and the Tavistock Relationships Model by Mary Morgan – Reviewed by Jill Savege Scharff
    DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n1.2020.108
  • Art Therapy in the Early Years: Therapeutic Interventions with Infants, Toddlers and Their Families edited by Julia Meyerowitz-Katz and Dean Reddick – Reviewed by Bridget Grant
    DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n1.2020.111

ARTS REVIEWS

Couple and Family Psychoanalysis: Volume 9 Number 2 (Special Issue: Winnicott)

Editor: Molly Ludlam

CONTENTS

EDITORIAL

PERSONAL VIEW – Oedipus simplex: the British blind spot by Deborah Anna Luepnitz

ARTICLES

  • The first Mrs Winnicott and the second Mrs Winnicott: does psychoanalysis facilitate healthy marital choice? by Brett Kahr
  • Responses to “The first Mrs Winnicott and the second Mrs Winnicott: does psychoanalysis facilitate healthy marital choice?” by Brett Kahr: “Of the nature of a therapeutic act” by Jeremy Elkins
  • Thoughts on Winnicott’s childless state and its relation to his profound contributions to childhood development theory by Bernard Macleod
  • Wives and analysts: or, how Winnicott became Winnicott by Neil Vickers
  • D. W. Winnicott and the capacity to marry well by Lindsay Wells
  • On Winnicott’s marriages: a response by Brett Kahr
  • The couple, the self, and the problem of the other by Angela Joyce
  • Re-visioning creativity in couple psychoanalysis: the importance of Winnicott and Bollas in clinical practice by David Hewison
  • Should “sensate focus” have a place in couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy? by Susan Pacey
  • Celebrating a Persian Winnicott by Mahyar Alinaghi

BOOK REVIEWS

  • Ruthless Winnicott: The Role of Ruthlessness in Psychoanalysis and Political Protest by Sally Swartz – Reviewed by Catriona Wrottesley
  • The Rough Patch. The Art of Living Together by Daphne de Marneffe – Reviewed by Christopher Clulow

ARTS REVIEWS

  • Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-Garde Barbican Art Gallery – Reviewed by Martha Doniach
  • The Height of the Storm by Florian Zeller, directed by Jonathan Kent – Reviewed by Laura Gibbons
Contents Autumn 2019 Edition (Vol 9, Number 2)

Editorial

Molly Ludlam

Personal View

  • Oedipus simplex: The British blind spot
    Deborah Anna Luepnitz

Articles

  • The first Mrs Winnicott and the second Mrs Winnicott:
    Does psychoanalysis facilitate healthy marital choice?
    Brett Kahr
  • Four Responses to “The first Mrs Winnicott and the second Mrs Winnicott:
    Does psychoanalysis facilitate healthy marital choice?” by Brett Kahr
    Jeremy Elkins, Bernard Macleod, Neil Vickers, and Lindsay Wells
  • “On Winnicott’s marriages” a response
    Brett Kahr
  • The Couple, the self, and the problem of the other
    Angela Joyce
  • Re-visioning creativity in couple psychoanalysis: The importance of Winnicott and Bollas in clinical practice
    David Hewison
  • Should “sensate focus” have a place in couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy?
    Susan Pacey 
  • Celebrating a Persian Winnicott
    Mahyar Alinaghi

Book Reviews

Ruthless Winnicott: The Role of Ruthlessness in Psychoanalysis and Political Protest,
by Sally Swartz, London: Routledge, 2019
Reviewed by Catriona Wrottesley

The Rough Patch. The Art of Living Together,
by Daphne de Marneffe, London: Vintage, 2019
Reviewed by Christopher Clulow

Arts Reviews

Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde, Barbican Art Gallery,
Reviewed by Martha Doniach

The Height of the Storm, by Florian Zeller, directed by Jonathan Kent, translated by Christopher Hampton
Reviewed by Laura Gibbons

Notes on Contributors

Forthcoming Events

Instructions to Contributors

Contents Summer 2019 Edition

Editorial

pp. 7-10

Author: Ludlam, Molly

ARTICLES

    • Sexual Fantasy, Unconscious Phantasy, and The Dynamics of Attachment*
      pp. 1-14
      Author: Clulow, Christopher
    • Love, Hate, and Otherness in Intimate Relating*
      pp. 15-21(7)
      Author: Morgan, Mary
    • Response to "Love, Hate, and Otherness in Intimate Relating" by Mary Morgan*
      pp. 22-23
      Author: Greco, Ondina
    • Contemporary Approaches to the Encapsulation and Dispersion of Trauma: Holocaust Trauma As a Barrier to Couple Intimacy*
      pp. 24-35
      Authors: Mann-Shalvi, Hanni; Sehon, Caroline; Keogh, Timothy
    • Developing Restorative Relationship Therapy: Towards Working Safely with Couples Where There is Abuse
      pp. 36-54
      Authors: Goupillot, Bob; McConville, Tim
    • Brief Intervention with a Chinese Family of a School-Refusing Fourteen-Year-Old Girl
      pp. 55-72
      Authors: Scharff, David E.; Wanlass, Janine
    • Joan Riviere's "the Bereaved Wife" (1945) and Beyond ...
      pp. 73-76
      Author: Bower, Marion

REVIEWS

  • Occasional Review: "Psychotherapy Relationships That Work III" by John C. Norcross and Michael J. Lambert. Psychotherapy, 55(4): 303–315 (2018)*
    pp. 77-80
    Author: Hewison, David
  • Book Review: Supporting Children When Parents Separate: Embedding a Crisis Intervention Approach Within Family Justice, Education and Mental Health Policy, by Mervyn Murch, Policy Press, 2018
    pp. 81-85
    Author: Box, Sally
  • Arts Review: In a Lonely Place, directed by Nicholas Ray, USA, 1950
    pp. 86-87
    Author: Hardy, Ann
  • Arts Review: Mrs Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf, adapted by Hal Coase, directed by Thomas Bailey, at the Arcola Theatre, Dalston, London, October 2018
    pp. 88-89
    Author: Shane, Ruth
  • The Congress and the Confluence: Thoughts on the AIPCF Congress, Lyon, France, 26–28 July, 2018
    pp. 90-93
    Authors: Jools, Penny; Freeman, Brad
Contents Summer 2018 Edition

Editorial

Molly Ludlam

Personal View

Andrew Balfour

Articles

  • “Suddenly the Window Opened and I Saw . . .” Twenty-second Enid Balint
    Memorial Lecture 2017
    Ignês Sodré  
  • Response to “Suddenly the Window
    Opened and I Saw 
    . . .” by Ignês Sodré
    Krisztina Glausius  
  • A Partnership of Two Therapeutic Models:
    The Development of Mentalization Based Treatment—Couple Therapy (MBT–CT)
    Within A Psychoanalytic Framework
    Viveka Nyberg and Leezah Hertzmann
  • On Increasing Session Frequency in
    Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy:
    Some Clinical Considerations
    Amita Sehgal
  • Conception “In Vitro”: A Composite
    Framework in Psychotherapy with a Couple
    Hana Salaam Abdel-Malek  

Letter to the Editor

Errata

Damian McCann

Occasional Review

  • Psychodynamic therapy: as efficacious as other empirically supported treatments? A meta-analysis testing equivalence of outcomes
    by C. Steinert, T. Munder, S. Rabung, J. Hoyer, & F. Leichsenring
    Reviewed by David Hewison

Book Reviews

  • Family And Couple Psychoanalysis:
    A Global Perspective
    edited by David Scharff & Elizabeth Palacios
    Reviewed by Sanna Aavaluoma
  • Handbook of Attachment. Theory, Research,
    and Clinical Applications
    edited by Jude Cassidy and Phillip R. Shaver
    Reviewed by Christopher Clulow  
  • Couples on the Couch: Psychoanalytic Couple
    Therapy and the Tavistock Model,
    by S. Nathans and M. Schaefer
    Reviewed by Catriona Wrottesley

Arts Reviews

  • Disturbing the Peace
    directed by Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young Reviewed by Perrine Moran
  • The Ferryman
    by Jez Butterworth
    Reviewed by Stella Vaines

Report

  • Summary of Couple and Family Presentations: International Psychoanalytical Association, 50th Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina 25–29 July 2017 by Shelley Nathans

Obituary

  • Nina Cohen 1934–2017
    An appreciation by Christopher Clulow

Notes on Contributors

Forthcoming Events

Instructions to Contributors

Contents Autumn/Winter 2017 Edition

Editorial

Molly Ludlam

Articles

  • “Somewhere (There’s a place for us)…”: A cross-cultural approach to psychoanalytic psychotherapy with cross-cultural couples
    Perrine Moran
  • The role of interpretation in the assessment phase of couple psychoanalysis
    Timothy Keogh & Cynthia Gregory-Roberts
  • Response to “The role of interpretation in the assessment phase of couple psychoanalysis”
    Damian McCann
  • Response to “The role of interpretation in the assessment phase of couple psychoanalysis”
    Alicia Leisse de Lustgarten
  • Does Oedipus never die? The grandparental couple grapple with “Oedipus”
    Catriona Wrottesley
  • Fear of break-up, fear of breakdown: why some can come to psychoanalysis only as a partner in a couple
    Klaus Wiedermann

Book Reviews

  • Lectures on Technique by Melanie Klein 
    edited with Critical Review by John Steiner
    Reviewed by Francis Grier
  • Handbook of Emotions (Fourth Edition)
    edited by Lisa Feldman Barrett, Michael Lewis, and Jeanette Haviland-Jones
    Reviewed by Christopher Clulow
  • From Ultrasound to Army: The Unconscious Trajectories of Masculinity in Israel,
    by Hanni Mann-Shalvi
    Reviewed by Mónica Vorchheimer

 

Arts Reviews

  • Manchester by the sea directed by Kenneth Lonergan, 2016.
    Reviewed by Kate Thompson
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee directed by James Macdonald
    National Theatre Live, May 2017
    Reviewed by Christopher Clulow
  • Consent by Nina Raine directed by Roger Michell
    Reviewed by Marian O’Connor

Poem

  • A Mind of its Own
    Robert Monzo

Reports

  • International Congress on Couple and Family Psychoanalysis
    “Interpretation in Family and Couple Psychoanalysis”
    Madrid, 23-26 February, 2017
    Jill Savege Scharff

The SPRING Project

Vivian Eskin and Elizabeth Fritsch

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