Revisiting Self Psychology

September 22nd, 2009


“There is not one kind of healthy self — there are many kinds.”
– Heinz Kohut

In the past couple of years, I’ve started teaching graduate students and providing informal consultation to MFT Interns. This work has inspired me to revisit some of the foundational literature in our field, including self psychology.

In my practice, I use a variety of approaches and work with many different kinds of clients, including adults, couples and children. Self psychology provides a helpful starting place for all of this work. Basically, self psychology says that a healing therapeutic relationship is based on empathy, understanding and repairing any ruptures that may occur. This provides a foundation for clients to address the deeper concerns that bring them in to therapy.

I recently wrote a two-part article on self psychology in the San Francisco-based professional journal, Bridge. If you’d like to see a copy of the journal, please drop me a line and I’d be happy to send one to you.

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