Friday, August 23rd 2013

Cinzia Bressi1Cinzia Bressi , MD, PhD is a professor of psychiatry and psychotherapy at the University of Milan, the chief of Psychotherapy Centre at Milan’s University hospital. She is a member of the British Jungian Analytical Association, British Psychotherapy Foundation of London. She is working analytically with adults and also with adolescents and their families. Currently is interested in reflective functioning and attachment in both analytical practice and theoretical aspects.

9:00 – 10:15 Cinzia Bressi (BAP) (British Jungian Analytical Association, British Psychotherapy Foundation, London) “Heard with the eyes”: Personal equation and fluid self-state communication in the therapeutic relationship

Abstract: Jung described the personal equation in psychotherapeutic practice as a collision between an individual mind and environmental conditions. Contemporary psychoanalytic thought has pointed out the analyst’s interpretation hold some performance or action-like qualities, in that the analyst’s words are a kind of unintentional action. I would like to highlight that enactment  belongs to the analyst’s subjective responses that are intrinsically related to his or her personal psychology. The analyst’s reflective function is compromised during mutual enactments. In such situations, I believe that in addition to the analyst’s personal equation, the timing of the reflective mental space, where the analyst can ‘hold’ the content of the projective identification, that is, a dissociated and non-representable part of the patient’s mind, is also of extreme importance. As analysts, if we receive our analysand’s pain and terror, without reacting of without seeking to change them, then these islands of affective reality, these parts of Self that were initially dissociated, can be recognized  and guided towards self-reflection through symbolic ability and verbal forms that are expressed within a relational context. The new emerges in projective identification, projective counteridentification and enactments and is being activated in  not-too-safe conditions.

The heart  of these analytical aspects is Jung’s  transcedent function, where “the union of conscious and uncounscious is consummated”. In other words, according to Jean Knox,  the transcendent function can be interpreted as a constant, dynamic confrontation and integration process between explicit conscious information and memories with the knowledge that we accumulate uncounsciously in the internal working models of implicit memory, the primary part of which represents the sense of Self and contributes to the patient’s process of individuation.


Nadia Fina1Nadia Fina (AGAP and IAAP member) works in Milan, Italy as Psychotherapist of adults and adolescents. Supervisors since many years in Health Services. Honorary Scientific Responsible for APG (Association for Group Psychoterapy)

and Nadia Fina (AGAP): Countertransference and Projective Counteridentification

Abstract: Countertransference and projective counteridentification need to be verified according to the form and content of the material the patient produces, and to the interaction of the analytic couple, so that what it is in the patient that causes the therapist’s responses and how such come about can be clearly understood. The analyst need to explore how the patient stimulates his or her countertransference responses and what this means for them both.

Moderator: Catherine Crowther (SAP)



10:45 – 12:00 Judith Woodhead (SAP): Moments of Embodiment. Moderator: Lisbet Myers Zacho (DSAP)