List of publications from 2002 to 2006
(2005). "Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy." The Psychotherapist 27(Summer): 9-10. Susanna Abse writes about couple psychotherapy, relationship counselling and psychosexual therapy in the The Psychotherapist, the journal of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
(2004) ‘The couple, their marriage, and Oedipus: or, problems come in twos and threes’. In: Grier F. (Ed) Oedipus & the Couple. London: Karnac pp49-72
(2002). See annotation. The New Dictionary of Pastoral Studies. Carr, W. et. al. London, SPCK. Entries on: adultery, bigamy, couple counselling, divorce, marriage counselling, mixed marriage, monogamy, polygamy, premarital counselling, remarriage, single parents and step famil
(2003). Guest Comment - comments of parenting after divorce, Parentline Plus.
(2003). Less is More. The Bulletin, One Plus One. 7.
(2003). Foreword. The Counselling of Couple in Healthcare Settings: a Handbook for Clinicians. D'Ardenne, P., and Morrod, D. London, Whurr: vii-ix.
(2003). "An Attachment Perspective on Reunions in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy." Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies 5(3).Psychoanalysis has been slow to acknowledge attachment theory as one of its own. Yet traditions of observational and representational research associated with it have much to offer in shedding light on intrapsychic as well as interpersonal phenomena. This paper explores these traditions and their potential clinical utility for couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In particular, attention is drawn to behaviour and representations associated with the experience of reunion in therapy sessions.
(2003). Foreword. Couples and Sex: An Introduction to Relationship Dynamics and Psychosexual Concepts. Martin-Sperry, C. Abingdon, Radcliffe Medical Press: 184.
(2003). Loss, Anxiety and the Capacity to Change. Mediation und Kinderbegleitung. Salzburg, Germany, Bundesministerium für soziale Sicherheit und Generationen: 52-57.
(2004) ‘Reflections on the commission on couple and family relationship’. In: New Harmonies: Families holding relationship, work and the generation in balance. Proceedings of the 50th International Conference of the ICCFR, Lowen, Belgium 2003, pp 20-21
(2005). "Couples and parenting: missing the link?" Couples and Parenting. Sexual and Relationship Therapy 20(3).
(2005). Partnership and Marriage. Human Development. An Introduction to the Psychodynamics of Growth, Maturity and Ageing. E. w. J. Raynor, A., Rose, J., Twyman, M. and Clulow, C. London, Brunner Routledge.
Clulow, C., Evans, C., Shmueli, A. and Vincent, C.
(2002). "Is Empirical Research Compatible with Clinical Practice?" British Journal of Psychotherapy 19(1). This paper explores the provocative question in the title through the authors' experiences of working within a couple psychotherapy service.
Clulow, C., and Vincent, C.
(2003). Working with Divorcing Partners. The Practitioners Guide to Working with Families. Bell, M. and. Wilson, K. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan. Drawing on clinical practice and action research the authors describe some unconscious processes operating within families and in relation to practitioners during the transitions of separation and divorce. These are understood within the conceptual frameworks of attachment theory and Klenian object relations theory. Particular attention is paid to the operation of defensive processes against anxiety triggered by the experience of separation and loss, and implications for professional practice are explored.
(2005). "Becoming parents in the context of loss." Couples and Parenting. Sexual and Relationship Therapy 20(3)
Davenhill, R., Balfour, A., Rustin, M., Blanchard, M., and Tress, K.
- (2003). "Looking into Later Life: Psychodynamic Observation and Old Age." Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 17(3): 253-266. Psychodynamic observation has been used successfully as a core component of training for child and adult psychotherapists with the NHS. This paper will describe the use of the psychodynamic observational method in the multidisciplinary training of health professionals working with older adults. In taking on the role of receptive observer within the framework provided by the psychodynamic observational method, it is hoped that the observer will come closer to the older person's experience and develop an attuned capacity to see and retain detail. In becoming aware of the emotional impact the interplay between the individual and their environment may produce, participants will learn from their own experience about factors, conscious and unconscious, which can support or impede development and adjustment to transitions in the later part of life. It allows thinking in depth to take place about the experience of the older person as well as the difficulties encountered in the caring role. The first half of the paper will describe the 'how to' of setting up a psychodynamic observation. The second half will describe two observations, one in a more normative setting of an outpatient health clinic for older people, and the other in a nursing home where the older person and staff are confronted with a greater degree of physical and mental deterioration
(2003). Review of Wool Gathering or How I Ended Analysis. Gunn, D. Hove, Brunner-Routledge, Journal of Analytical Psychology. 48: 124-125.
(2003). Review of An Introduction to Meaning and Purpose in Analytical Psychology. Mathers, D. Hove, Brunner-Routledge, Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. 76: 103-104.
(2003). "Searching for the Facts in the Clinical Setting with Couples." Journal of Analytical Psychology 48: 341-354. This paper describes a research proposal to examine whether or not the underlying analytic concepts behind the couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy model used at the Tavistock Marital Studies Institute in London are sufficiently coherent, both conceptually and clinically, to be used as the basis for a system of audit which respects the unique data produced in analytic psychotherapy. This 'psychoanalytic' system of audit is one which is characterised particularly by the use of the therapists' subjectivity, rather than attempts to be objective and gather data through such things as random controlled trials or generic outcome questionnaires. The paper describes the approach to the subject and the mix of qualitative and quantitative methods used. As the Tavistock Marital Studies Institute has a history of contact with Jungian analysts from the Society of Analytical Psychology, Jungian concepts are included in the model. The research is part of a professional doctorate in couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Tavistock Marital Studies in conjunction with the University of East London, entitled 'Conceptualising audit in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy'.
(2003). "'Oh Rose, Thou Art Sick!': Anti-Individuation Forces in the Film American Beauty." Journal of Analytical Psychology 48: 683-704. The film American Beauty is used as a vehicle to explore difficulties in the individuation process, to look at a particular aspect of couple relationships in which mourning is avoided, and to make a general comment about the relationship between film and psychological experience. The thesis of the paper is that the individuation process is both an intra-psychic experience and inter-psychic one which relies on relationships with external figures to enable development. The adult couple relationship is taken as one of the key areas of emotional life for the individuation process and as an area that cab best show up false starts, successes, or even retreats in psychological development. Using the poetry of William Blake and the work of Michael Fordham, I show a process of anti-individuation going on in the relationship between the characters of Lester and Carolyn Burnham in the film.
(2003). Review of Learning From Our Mistakes: Beyond Dogma in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Casement, P. Hove, Brunner-Routledge, Journal of Analytical Psychology. 48: 729-30.
(2004) Critical Notice of: Shamdasani, S (2004) Jung and the making of modern psychology: the dream of a science. Cambridge: Cambridge University. Journal of Analytical Psychology 49, 4, 576-581
(2005). "Sex and the Imagination in Therapy and Supervision." Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Couple Work 1: 72-87. This paper explores links between sex and the imagination. It looks at a contemporary Kleinian view of the place of the primal scene in adult mental and imaginative life, and critiques the use that the British psycho-analyst, Ron Britton, makes of the French philosopher of the imagination, Gaston Bachelard, in support of his view that it is the 'other room' in the mind where the parents are imagined to be having sex. I suggest that Britton has narrowed-down the implications of Bachelard's thinking, and that it is more akin to Jungian conceptions of the imagination than psycho-analytic ones. This echoes the differences between Jung's case study of a child, 'Anna' and Freud's 'Little Hans'. I illustrate this with an extended clinical example from a supervision of a couple therapy with a couple who are experiencing striking difficulties in consummating their marriage. I conclude with a reflection on the impact of the imagination on the supervisory relationship as well as on the couple relationship.
(2003). "Assessment for Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy." British Journal of Psychotherapy 19(3). A therapist assessing with a view to couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy needs to hold several potentially conflicting points of view in mind simultaneously. Firstly the therapist attends to the experience of the session as an interaction with the 'shared internal world' of the couple, in the present, seeking to understand the dynamic meaning of whatever happens in the course of the meeting. At the same time the assessor needs to explore the question of appropriateness of different possible treatments, which may necessitate explicitly seeking certain kinds of information, relating, for example, to early experience or to risk assessment.
(2004) ‘The painful truth’. In: Grier F. (Ed) Oedipus & the Couple. London: Karnac pp141-162.
(2005). "Come essere uno in ude: la terapia psicoanalitica di coppia." Ricerca Psicoanalitica XVI(2).
Lanman, M., Grier, F. and Evans, C.
- (2003). "Objectivity in Psychoanalytic Assessment of Couple Relationships." British Journal of Psychiatry (182): 255-260. Psychoanalytic couple psychotherapists are concerned with aspects of couples' functioning that the couple initially may be unaware of. This form of therapy aims to facilitate change in the relationship between the partners. It focuses not simply on partners as individuals and not only on the conscious and rational level, but also on the interaction between partners that operates unconsciously, which, if not engaged with, can interfere powerfully with the possibility of lasting change. The approach considers a couple's relationship in terms of how the functioning of the two individuals can be perceived as fitting together to form one predominant joint mode of relating. This paper describes the trial of a measure that assesses this shared underlying 'fit'. Such assessment requires that the assessor is trained in perceiving unconscious processes, both in themselves and in their patients, and also is accustomed to thinking of couples as a unit in this sense.
Lanman, M., and Grier, F.
(2003). "Evaluating Change in Couple Functioning: a Psychoanalytic Perspective." Sexual and Relationship Therapy 18(1): 13-24. To date, most measures used to assess couples' relationships have been based on self-report by each individual, without a formula for reaching a combined 'couple score'. On the other hand, there are a few 'observational' measures which assess the interaction between partners on the basis of taped interviews with couples. These instruments tend to be tightly tied to overt verbal sequences of behaviour. Both these approaches have been applied predominantly to the study of cognitive behavioural or eclectic therapies, although providing some research evidence that the more 'insight orientated' approaches achieve more lasting change. The authors wished to find or develop a measure which could explore the quality of change resulting from different types of therapy, including 'insight orientated' approaches. In particular, an instrument is needed which can pick up the type of changes sought by psychoanalytically orientated therapy, since these may not show a simple correlation with established self-report or observational measures. A measure is discussed which evaluates the aspects of interaction of which the couple may be unaware, using clinical inference as well as observation
(2004) ‘On being able to be a couple: the importance of a “creative couple” in psychic life’. In: Grier F. (Ed) Oedipus & the Couple. London: Karnac pp9-30.
(2005). "Assessing couples for psychoanalytic psychotherapy." Mellanrummet 12
(2002). "Couple Counselling Within Primary Care." Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal 2(33).
This article describes and reviews services to couples available nationally. It offers a debate about the dilemma that most couples use their GP as their first port of call and yet services are available primarily in the voluntary sector. In addition more training is needed for this area of work.
(2002). "Second Time Round." Famiglie Ricostituite e Nuove Filiazioni 1: 41-52.
(2002). "Sharing a Heart - The Dilemma of a Fused Couple." SPMP Bulletin.This paper explores the theoretical and technical challenges of working with a couple who are linked to each other adhesively. By using an example from the Balkans, in which people are no longer able to think, but instead use rigid and meaningless categories to describe themselves and others. A link is made with a couple who defensively stay together in a barren way for fear of being separate but cannot manage any relating. The paper explores some of the possible reasons for this kind of connection - namely an early developmental failure which can leave individuals without a sufficiently developed mental apparatus, described in the literature as a psychic skin. The paper argues that a failure to apprehend this level and kind of difficulty, might not only impede the therapeutic work, but even resulting in the couple constructing as more resilient defensive outer layer.
(2004) ‘Oedipus gets married: an investigation of a couple’s shared oedipal drama.’ In: Grier F. (Ed) Oedipus & the Couple. London: Karnac pp181-20
(2003). Review of Manuscript Ref 130-3: The Adult Attachment Q-Set (AABQ): An Observational Measure of Dyadic Interaction Based on the Adult Attachment Interview. The Adult Attachment Q-Set (AABQ): An Observational Measure of Dyadic Interaction Based on the Adult Attachment Interview. London, Attachment and Human Development.
(2005). "On thinking of parents as adults in divorce and separation." Couples and Parenting. Sexual and Relationship Therapy 20(3). Through examining templates of situations between divorcing couples offered in HM Government's Next Steps package, this paper argues for thinking about divorcing parents as adult couples whose dilemmas would benefit from consideration from a psychotherapeutic perspective. Four templates are examined, and in each case an important aspect of what occurred is considered as a manifestation of the couple's shared internal psychological functioning. This reinforces the view that adult functioning is paramount for functioning well as a parent, and implies a need for joint working between child and family services, especially those specifically for adults