E-Journal of Psychotherapy Research

The E-Journal of Psychotherapy Research was created by a non-profit association, the Psychology and Psychotherapy Research Society for the sharing of new tools in psychotherapy and new applications of existing theories. It is an open access journal, designed for short precise papers. The selection of papers will be based on a peer-review procedure which implies initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by two anonymous referees.


The request for psychological help in the digital age: offering counseling through chat and video counseling

Davide Algeri

Distance psychological counseling is becoming a phenomenon of increasing relevance. The following study aims to understand the characterization of the users of such online services. In particular, data taken from the online help desks on Facebook and Skype provided by the Italian Service for Online Psychology (Servizio Italiano di Psicologia Online [SIPO]). Data regarding 2013 logins through two channels were analyzed, keeping the results which emerged differentiated. The questionnaires administered online to users whom had requested a consultation indicate how different and peculiar the two instruments are and how each reaches different targets. Behind a substantial difference in its users and in the content treated by the two channels, there is however a common element: the awareness and trust with which the subjects turn to the online psychologist, witnessed also by the motivation to begin psychotherapy following the encounter with the professional psychologist online.


The sky in a room: an experience of peer supervision among systemic therapists

Pasqua Teora, Maria E.Castiglioni, Donatella Carnaccini, Pamela Meda

The article describes and conceptualizes an experience of peer supervision that has been carried out since 2002 by four senior colleagues specializing in systemic-relational therapy, all of whom come from a supervision group which was directed until his death in 2002 by Gianfranco Cecchin, co-founder of the Centro Milanese di Terapia della Famiglia.

Albert Pesso interviewed by Piera Serra

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Editor’s note: The original conversation has been edited for grammatical clarity.

The first question is, what are the most important aspects of PBSP method?

There’re so many of them. Of course the body, and how to access the information in the body in a way that the client is understanding and aware of it. The reason we look at the information in the body is because we’re concerned whether people have had, in their history, sufficient satisfaction of maturational needs. We believe that we are seeing the world through the lens of memory, of history, and if we haven’t had our basic needs met, we’re going to repeat that dysfunction in the present and in the future. So we track how they are perceiving the present, look for the historical base for that, find the history that hadn’t been satisfying and then make a new memory; but we are making a new memory by being in access with their emotional self and not their cognitive self. I’m making a new memory, getting in touch with their emotional self by what’s in their body and then having them imprint a new memory, as if it had happened in the past, so it isn’t just happening in the present. That’s a very fast condensation of the basic aspects of the work.

Rejection and avoidance of food in a child of three years following a medical problem affecting the mouth: a proposal for clinical psychodynamic home intervention

Silvia CiminoLuca Cerniglia

Recent literature has highlighted the lack of studies concerning possible clinical interventions in cases of early eating disorders. We will report the case of a three-year-old girl who refuses and avoids food as a result of a medical problem affecting the mouth. Through the presentation of the various stages of assessment and intervention, the aim of this paper is to contribute to the development of verifiable and empirically based treatment, introducing innovative clinical work, which includes psychodynamic home intervention for the child. By means of empirical tools given to the parents

An interview with Wendy Behary

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E-Journal of Psychotherapy Research talks with Wendy Behary about thapeutic process:

Part 1: When the narcissist manipulates the partner, are they doing so intentionally?

Part 2: Tips on self-disclosure

Part 1: When the narcissist manipulates the partner, are they doing so intentionally?

Wendy, have you ever heard your narcissistic client admitting that they have intentionally manipulated their partner? For example, being detached to try to trigger a partner to start complaining or asking: “Would you like to go to the theatre or to the cinema?” and then: “You shouldn’t like that movie” etcetera… Have you ever heard the client admitting: “Yes, I do that intentionally…”?

They don’t actually even know they’re doing it, that’s the thing! So, I don’t think of it as intentional. I feel it’s just that they have an idea of what’s best, and if someone doesn’t pick the answer that they have chosen, or deemed correct, they feel insulted and they criticise their partners as a camouflage for their shame. They don’t even know they really did it… if I say: “Look, you offer two choices: that was very nice, very gallant, you ask: What would you like to do? Would you like to do this? Would you like to do that? Your partner says: “I’d like to do that” and then you say: “What? That’s stupid!”

Two stains on the ghost

Giampaolo Lai

The aim of this paper is to present and discuss the application of extensionism to the professional field of verbal therapy. Extensionism is the passing through the borders of close reductionism, in order to explore and occupy the pertinent adjacent worlds. The material is a conversation about a dream in which the patient, Milly, sees her mother, who has been dead for more than ten years, with two stains, on her belly and on her breast, that will certainly lead to her death. From the standpoint of extensionism, Milly is confronted with the possibility of her mother in the dream being not so much a naturalistic mental projection, as a real ghost existing independently in the spiritual world of dead souls. The result of extensionistic procedures is the priority given to the fatal stain on her mother’s body over her own sense of anger against her mother, also fully expressed in a manuscript of hers about to be published. A practical consequence is that the manuscript is dedicated to her mother, “To my mother”, in a dramatic shift of a narrative line, which transforms a prosecution closing speech into a funeral ceremony, a gift, a prayer, all ritual activities suited to reconciling dead ancestors with descendants who are still living. 

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  • Editorial Board


    Matteo Selvini, Scuola di Psicoterapia della famiglia Mara Selvini Palazzoli, Milano

    Scientific Editors

    Grazia Attili, Sapienza Università, Roma

    Alfredo Canevaro, American Family Therapy Academy, Buenos Aires

    Juan Luis Linares, Università Autònoma, Barcellona

    Marco Vannotti, Cerfasy (Centre de Recherches Familiales et Systémiques), Neuchâtel