Dreaming the unthinkable, narrating the non-memory. Precursors of the fairytale as “mediating object” and as “shared dream” in the psychotherapeutic treatment of psychoses


In this paper the author confronts the problem of how to make communication possible in the psychotherapy of child psychoses, in cases where the symbolic capacity is seriously compromised or never structured, and the self is extremely vulnerable, without a sense of temporality, and imprisoned in a “circular time” that seems incapable of  articulations and resolutions. Through a brief clinical presentation, the idea is suggested of a “mediating object” – synthesis of the patient’s scanty and chaotic contribution and of the analyst’s reverie – on which to base a “transitional communication” that does not prematurely impose a separateness (implicit also in the interpretation) that the young psychotic patient cannot yet tolerate. A clinical vignette is then presented Read more

Photolanguage© : a method for use with groups in a therapy or training context


The purpose of this special issue is to provide information to the reader about how a Photolanguage© session actually works. Before presenting the setting and its specific features, a few words about the origin of the method and a Read more

“Nothing is going on ” from a frozen mourning to mourning one can handle Following through of the nurses with the help of Photolanguage


This article aims at showing that Photolanguage© facilitates the ability to speak out for the nurses who are otherwise totally silent in the discussion group. I witness here the experience of the discussion groups in which the state of shock Read more


Discovering the Inner World through Fairy-Tales


We present the clinical work, carried out by a team of therapists with autistic and psychotic children, within a Fairy-Tale Workshop. By becoming a container for projections, the fairy-tale, the mediating object of the group, helps provide a sense, a form to sensations-emotions that have not yet become thoughts, but which can later be named. It enabled and supported the emergence of symbolic thinking within the therapeutic group. A parallel group work allowed parents to get in touch with the children’s inner world, and to consider them no longer as a part of themselves, but as having their own life and potential resources to be Read more


The Co-construction of the imaginary space in a group of children through the narration of stories and dreams


This work originates from the idea that the use of a mediating object (Privat P., Quélin-Soulignoux D., 2000) such as the narration of stories and dreams that emerge in the group, may create a new potential space where children may discover the dialectical relation between reality and imagination through the direct experience of what Winnicott D.W. (1958) defines as “me” and “not-me”.
The author will describe through clinical material, how children once engaged in group psychotherapy,, start to build together a common language of meanings, from chaos to a shared play in which they may talk about their feelings, fears and “bad dreams”.
Eventually, group psychotherapy is considered as a new creative space of symbolization, where Read more