Adoptive parenting and group space


Through an analysis of the experience of working with groups of adoptive parents, this paper highlights that the real reason behind their more general request for help is actually the need to work through their decision to adopt, their difficulty in accepting a family identity without biological roots, and the uncertainty concerning their child’s affective attachment, which is potentially threatened by the phantasms of his biological parents.

The use of a “group” allowed the parents to fuse a “gnostic” with a “practical” approach, that of rational knowledge with emotive feeling, in order to rediscover  a wholeness of the self through good Read more


A small ritual and three phases of the process of elaboration in group psychoanalysis

Using an extended clinical account, I draw attention to two questions that are important to understanding the therapeutic efficacy of the small psychoanalytic group. The first is the relationship between therapeutic efficacy and the implementation of rituals, which confirm the transition from one condition to another in life, or which allow the sharing of experiences that may otherwise remain confined to a restricted private state. The second relates to the Read more