The Concept of Healing The Constant and the Relative in Psychotherapy


Presentation of November 11th 2010 – interventions by Bruno Callieri, Mariangela Bucci Bosco (teacher at the Person Centered Approach Institute), the authors Maria Mirella D’Ippolito and Anna Nazzarena Nardini, the collaborators Vita Solaro and Lilia Palmiotti and the important DEBATE

Poster of the presentation day entitled “Healing with love

With the collaboration of Lilia Palmiotti of psychodynamic training and Vita Solaro of systemic-relational training.

This book … stimulated me to reflect on the ambivalent position of a quadruple identity suspended between metapsychological instances and narrative analyzes … Identity is perennially in statu nascendi, in time and space … Today … This generates the outline in an almost peremptory way of that “normative crisis of development”, which Rogers had intuited and which Erikson had formalized … The new psychopathologies know that identity is always in progress, liquid …, destined to relativize the nosologies of the various DSMs and IDCs and of the various psychotherapeutic theories … This is why in our activity of helping, of “helping relationship“, the look and the mimicry, the perception and the narration become evocative of the story … In this sense, psychoanalysis is … a variant of the narrative interview … In every narration … evocations aroused by each photograph … in a reference of identifications and projections, which brings us back to the density of F. Perls’ empty chair or Rogers’ “client”. … … I would like to remind my four Nymphs Egerie that it was … Merleau-Ponty who showed us the human being as an inexhaustible reserve of meanings … of “et encore cela”, of bridges that cross … from inner space … to the path-towards-the-horizon. In this atmosphere of transversal knowledge … I wish this beautiful book the evidence of success.

From the preface by Prof. Bruno Callieri

Therapeutic healing as the re-acquisition of an identity different from that steeped in pathology, this seems to be the leitmotif of the book … Psychotherapies were born and continue to be one of the few valid aids to integration … To respond to such a complex challenge … We need collaboration and intelligent integration of different approaches, as proposed in this book. Relativity of points of view is needed, which is different from relativism and confusing eclecticism; but also a continuous search for constants … first of all the centrality of the person of the therapist in the interaction with the person of the client, and of this interaction as a means to bring about change … Interaction and integration are also achieved at a methodological level, in the use of different tools, from the questionnaire-interview to the story of cases (indeed, of “people”), from the “micro” or idiographic level of clinical research as narration, to the macro of quantitative and nomothetic logic .. What my words can add is the satisfaction in seeing implemented some of the cardinal principles that presided over the birth of the Italian section of the Society for Research in Psychotherapy, an offshoot of the Society for Psychotherapy Research … We can speak of true clinical research only if these objectives are achieved: and it seems to me that they have been achieved in this book. It is no small merit.

From the afterword by Prof. Santo Di Nuovo

“To all the people we have followed and continue to follow, for all they have taught us and are still teaching us, and among them, to those who have given us their contributions”

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    • Formazione Psichiatrica e Scienze Umane, Rassegna di Psichiatria, Psicologia, Psicofarmacologia, Fenomenologia Applicata, Pedagogia, Sociologia, Antropologia, Six-monthly periodical, Year XXXIV, n. 2, July-December 2013 www.formazionepsichiatrica.itDowload the pdf
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