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.


Video Pesso PieraAlbert Pesso interviewed by Piera Serra 

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… [more]

wendy behary copertina per e-jAn interview with Wendy Behary:

Part 1: When the narcissist manipulates the partner, are they doing so intentionally?
Part 2: Tips on self-disclosure

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?

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… [more]


Matteo Selvini, Editor, interviewed by Germana Cavallini

GC: Welcome, everyone. We are at the Mara Selvini Palazzoli Psychotherapy Training School to tackle the topic of research studies in the field of psychotherapy. We will be talking with Dr. Matteo Selvini. What might facilitate the creation of a new approach in psychotherapy? And how does this come about?

MS: Well, I believe that at the heart of it is the pain and discomfort of the therapist himself.. [more]

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. [more]

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 [more]

Two stains on the ghost

Giampaolo Lai

Where do dreams come from? Scholars of dreams, both past and present, have given at least three answers to the question about their origin: where do dreams come from? [more]

Analytic Psychodrama for Overcoming Interpersonal Violence: A Mixed Group of Victims and Perpetrators

Annalisa Versari

Why include victims and perpetrators in the same group? In literature we find forms of treatment that imply the participation of both the perpetrators and the victims in the same treatment group [more]

Why a new e-journal for psychotherapists?

Piera Serra

The idea to start E-Journal of Psychotherapy Research came into being a few months ago, after a working dinner in a beautiful little town on Lake Garda, close to a recently held convention. Discussion at that dinner focused around how best to help adult clients complaining of conflict with a parent. It was at this point that a colleague started outlining his methodology, which could perhaps be described as “identifying with a mother or father cleansed of their own pathology”. As an example of this, he talked about depressed female clients who complained about their relationship with a mother who belittled them. His therapeutic intervention involves explaining to the client that their depression is the result of “identifying” with their mother’s own “pathology” (be it anxiety, pessimism, lack of self-worth etc.). This “pathology”, however, is not their mother’s true nature, but rather a sort of parasite housed within her that concealed the person she really is; a true mother would be serene and value her offspring. “Because children identify, consciously and subconsciously, with the parent of their same gender since childhood, you also identify with this pathology and tend to reenact it in your relationships with others”. He further advises his clients to stop and imagine their “true” mother. That is, a mother cleansed of the pathology that have possessed her and tends to transfer itself to her own daughter. “This pathology wears your mother’s face as a mask: you believe it truly is her, you come to identify as your mother this sickness that shadows her real nature, which is, in fact, positive. This same pathology also takes hold of you.” He goes on to explain to his clients that by identifying with that true mother, instead of the mother’s pathology, they can, little by little, uproot and remove the depression they had absorbed over the course of the time spent identifying with this female mother figure, who had been twisted by depression herself… [more]

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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