List of publications from 2006 to 2008
(2006). "Review of White, Kate (Ed). Attachment and Sexuality in Clinical Practice. The John Bowlby Memorial Conference Monograph 2004. London: Karnac, 2005." Journal of Analytical Psychology 51(1): 156-158.
(2006). "When a problem shared is a problem. Who's illness is it anyway? Questions of technique when working with a borderline couple." Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Couple Work(2).
This paper explores the complexities of working with couples with borderline states of mind.
(2007). “The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships – Myths, Legends and Reality. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust News, February 2007.
(2007). "Review of Coles, Prophecy (ED). Sibling Relationships. London: Karnac Books, 2006." Journal of Analytical Psychology 52(4): 509-511
(2008) “Sexual Dread and the Therapist’s Desire” in Sex, Attachment Couple Psychotherapy. Ed. Clulow. C. (Karnac London)
Atkinson, E. and. Murray. Dr C.
(2008). "Infertility: The Perspective of a Couple Therapist." Journal of Fertility Counselling Vol 15(2): 17-20.
(2006). "Thinking about the experience of demetia: The importance of the unconscious." Journal of Social Work Practice 20(No. 3): 329-346. This paper explores the challenge of comprehending the experiences of dementia, and highlights the importance of understanding unconsious processes both at the level of the individual with dementia, and at the level of care-giving relationships in formal and informal settings. The contribution of insights from the research and clinical literature to understanding what may be happening at an unconscious level in dementia care settings is reviewed, and the implications for our understanding of the psychological needs of people with dementia and their carers are discussed.
(2007). Factors, Phenomenolgy and Psychoanalytic Contributions to Dementia Care. Looking Into Later Life. A Psychoanalytic Approach to Depression, Dementia and Old Age. Davenhill. London, Karnac.
Balfour, A., Davenhill, R., Rustin, M.
(2007). Psychodynamic Observation and Old Age. Looking into Later Life. A Psychoanalytic Approach to Depression, Dementia and Old Age. Davenhill. London, Karnac: 129-144.
Balfour, A. and. Amos, A
(2007). Couple Psychotherapy: Separateness or Separation? Looking Into Later Life. A Psychoanalytic Approach to Depression, Dementia and Old Age. Davenhill. London, Karnac: 75-89.
(2008). "Marriage as a Psychological Container': Another perspective." SCPP Psychoanalytic Perspectives in Couple Work 2008(4): 53-55.
(2006). Couple psychotherapy and attachment theory. New Paradigms for Treating Relationships. J. a. S. Savege Scharff, D. New York:, Aronson: (pp 253-266).
This chapter reviews the place of attachment theory in psychoanalytic work with couples. From the tradition of observing mother-infant interactions, and the representation of states of mind through narrative styles, it considers the nature of emotional truth and the role of mirroring in creating a sense of self. These perspectives are applied to the adult couple relationship, with a clinical illustration of the significance of reunions for couple psychotherapy.
(2006). New focuses on partnership between the sexes and within the generations. Demographic Challenges: Family Needs Partnership, Vienna: Federal Ministry of Social Security, Generations and Consumer Protection.
This paper contains the opening address of a session chaired by the author at a specialist conference organised by the Austrian government in the context of its EU presidency, in Vienna, between February 2nd - 4th 2006. It summarises research and clinical evidence for intergenerational connections between partnering and parenting.
(2006). Working with Difficult Couples in the Family Justice System. Durable Solutions: The Collected Papers of the 2005 Dartington Hall Conference. T. R. H. J. a. B. Thorpe, R. Bristol, Family Law: 67 - 77.
The assumption underlying this paper is that the key to finding durable solutions to problematic family processes affecting children in the family justice system lies in the relationship between their parents. Different kinds of anxiety accompanying family change are examined and illustrated and some conclusions are drawn for professional practice.
(2007). "John Bowlby and Couple Psychotherapy'." Attachment and Human Development 9(4): 343 - 353.
(2007). "Attachment, Couples and the Talking Cure." Therapy Today 18(6).
(2007). "Marriage, Partnership and Adult Attachment." Sexual and Relationship Therapy 22(3).
(2007). "Attachment, Idealisation and Violence in Couple Relationships." Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Couple Work(3): 11-24.
(2007). Can Attachment Theory help define what is mutative in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy? Couple Attachments: Theoretical and Clinical Studies. M. N. Ludlam, V. London, Karnac.
(2007). Editor's Preface to Families and Democracy. 53rd Conference of the International Commission on Couple and Family Relationships, Lyon.
(2007). The Marriage of the Macbeths. Couple Attachments: Theoretical and Clinical Studies. M. N. Ludlum, V. London, Karnac
(2006). "Art and the human psyche in a changing world." Journal of the British Association of Psychotherapists. 44((1)): 68-75. This paper is part of a public lecture series run by the British Association of Psychotherapists aimed at exploring contemporary issues in the modern world. It was delivered in conjunction with a presentation by the artist and art-critic Mathew Collings. It focused on two different things: firstly, some thoughts and questions about the nature of the artistic process from the point of view of a paper by CG. Jung on artistic creation, and secondly, the problems that art faces us with today. These are - how to determine what is art and what is not; how to encourage more of it; and how to understand what it has to say to us.
(2006). "Psychotherapie psychanalytic de couple au Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, a Londres." Dialogue. Recherches Cliniques et Sociologiques sur le Couple et la Famille Therapie psychoanalytique(2): 53 - 72. Cet article decrit le development de l'approche psychoanalytic de la therapie de couple au Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (auparavant Tavistock Marital Studies Institute). Il donne un apercu de quelques theories cles et de la pratique consistant a recevoir les couples en co-therapie. La notion de "faits Cliniques" est utilisee en lien avec un fragment de recherché clinique pour eclairer differentes perspectives de cette therapie psychoanalytic.
(2006). "Review of Casement, Patrick. "The Emperors New Clothes: Some serious problems in psychoanalytic training" International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2005, 86, Part IV, pp.1143-60." Journal of Analytical Psychology 51(4): 607-609.
(2006). "Contribution to a Review of the Role of Dreams in Couple Therapy: "La Vita Onirica nella coupia e nalla Famiglia"." Interazioni - Clinica e Ricerca Psicoanalitica su Individuo-coppia-famiglia 2(26): 63-64.
(2006). "Supervising Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A View from the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships." British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision Newsletter(December): 2-5. This short paper gives an overview of the distinctive tradition of training and thinking in staff supervision and its links to the supervision of clinical work with couples. In particular it focuses on the need to think about the setting of the work, the reflection process between the work and the supervision (including in group discussion of practice), and the need to focus on the supervisee’s professional rather than personal development. It ends with a suggestions about how the supervisor may need to change the way they supervise as the supervisee develops.
(2007). The Power of Our Attachment to Theory - Or Oedipus meets Ganesh. Couple Attachments: Theoretical and Clinical Studies. M. N. Ludlam, V. London, Karnac: 171-188.
(2007) Review of Haynes, J. (2007) “Who is it that can tell me who I am? The journal of a psychotherapist”. GB: intheconsultingroom.com. In: Journal of Analytical Psychology 52, 3, 273-274.
(2007) Review of Izod, J. “Screen, Culture, Psyche”. Hove: Routledge & Waddell, T. (2006) “Mis/Takes”. Hove: Routledge. In: Journal of Analytical Psychology 52, 2, 238-240.
(2008). "Review of Glocer Fiorini, L., Bokanowski, T. & Lewkowicz, S (Eds). On Freud's 'Mourning and Melancholia'. London: International Psychoanalytic Association, 2007. Pp 240." Journal of Analytical Psychology 53(3): 449 - 450.
(2008). "Review of Target, Mary.'Is our sexuality our own? A developmental model of sexuality based on early affect mirroring', British Journal of Psychotherapy, October 2007, 23, 4, pp 517-30." Journal of Analytical Psychology 53(4): 580-582.
(2008) Contribution to a review of the role of dreams in couple therapy: “La vita onirica nella coupia e nella famiglia”. Clinica e ricerca psicoanalitica su individuo-coppia-famiglia. 2. 26. 63-64
(2006). "Working with Couples." Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal(April): 18-20. This article discusses the reasons for and difficulties involved in seeing couples together. It presents some theoretical ideas about couple functioning. It aims to interest counsellors in health settings in becoming more 'couple minded'
(2007). "What Does Ending Mean in Couple Psychotherapy." Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Couple Work(3): 50-62.
(2008). "Service Evaluation of Multidisciplinary Therapy on an Acute Psychiatric Ward." Mental Health Review Journal 13(3): 32-39.
(2006). "Where is My Mother?" Infant Observation 9(3): 281-293. This paper offers an account of an infant observation experience in which the observer moves from an initial position in which there was a tendency to 'see problems' and pathologize, to one where it was possible to understand and recognize an ordinary but nevertheless distressing process of learning.
(2007). "Sharing A Heart: The Dilemma of a Fused Couple." British Journal Of Psychotherapy 23(3). In this paper the writer explores the work with a couple whom she came to think of psychically like Siamese twins, stuck together in order to survive and lacking separate psychic entities with intact coverings. Such a covering is something that we take for granted and which implies that each of us is a separate individual. However, this paper draws attention to the way that some individuals, who have not developed a robust enough sense of identity, might seek a desperate solution, by partnering with someone who shares their dilemma. Being ‘stuck’ together can help stave off intolerable anxieties but tends to raise claustrophobic anxieties. The paper investigates how the underlying anxieties are primitive and serious, and the terrors which are being defended against are often in the area of suicide or breakdown so that, although couple therapy can help to loosen this deadly structure, a more containing intensive individual treatment is likely to be necessary to support the process of individuation.
(2006). "A Meeting of the minds?" Family Law(May): 22-24. As couple therapy becomes more common, clinical psychologist Dr Avi Shmueli explains one approach to divorce and suggests how lawyers might use it to their client's advantage.