The movement called Institutional Psychotherapy is grounded in the ongoing effort to install the necessary conditions of possibility for the liberation of the clinic from alienation. To care for psychotic and other suffering people, we need to create a supportive transferential field in which the human encounter is essential. This touches the Real and makes possible, in a moment of crisis, a transformation of the position of the Subject. The Collective, the pathic sculpting of the space-between-people, allows for the emergence of the singular, the unexpected, the impossible. The starting point of this article is the author’s experience in the psychiatric clinic of La Borde (France). Through a number of concrete examples and critical moments, it hopes to show the interweaving of the elaboration of conceptual tools and the therapeutic situation within an institution.
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Approaching the Impossible
Working with psychic suffering one is often confronted with feelings of impotence. Yet this is not a necessary consequence of the impossibility proper to the professions of educating, analysing or governing. Throughout the essays of Imre Kertész, the impossibility – or the unthinkable – is conceived of as proper to the relation between experience and language. A specific example is encountered in what is called the negative experience. Speaking and writing are treated as two distinct possibilities in the encounter…
Encounter with Institutional Psychotherapy
The pathic, which is fundamental to all practice, releases this practice from a thematic, goal-directed and measurable realisation. It turns practice into a process that is continuously transforming itself in a wide variety of initiatives which are supported by a pathic continuum, like reception, taking time and polyphonic-tinged encounters. In this way Institutional Psychotherapy tries to take shape within a care system that is, in and of itself, closed. Download full text
The Space of Play and Psychoanalysis
Many psychoanalytic theories address the question of the space of play. Based on Freud, the author first of all tries to show that the originality of psychoanalysis lets us consider the space of play as a scene (Bühne) which opens onto the Other Scene, the unconscious. A structural analogy between play space and tragic scene will be considered. Next the author will study the Winnicottian invention of potential space which allows us to explain the experience of play from a…