How does therapy cure? The relational turn in psychoanalysis

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The history of psychoanalytic psychotherapy has been marked by different emphases on intrapsychic and relational factors in the potential cure of patients. Until recent decades, the intrapsychic domain was privileged over the relational. The recent relational turn in psychoanalysis, especially evident in the United States (but also in Australia) has seen this weighting reversed. In this paper I give an historical overview of this divide in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I conclude with a case-study of abroadly relational therapy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-150
Number of pages24
JournalCounselling, Psychotherapy, and Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • psychoanalytic psychotherapy
  • psychoanalysis
  • relational psychotherapy
  • counselling
  • intrapsychic


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