Immigration in Psychoanalysis: Locating Ourselves presents a unique approach to understanding the varied and multi-layered experience of immigration, exploring how social, cultural, political, and historical contexts shape the psychological experience of immigration, and with it the encounter between foreign-born patients and their psychotherapists.

Beltsiou brings together a diverse group of contributors, including Ghislaine Boulanger, Eva Hoffman and Dori Laub, to discuss their own identity as immigrants and how it informs their work. They explore the complexity and the contradictions of the immigration process - the tension between loss and hope, future and past, the idealization and denigration of the other/stranger, and what it takes to tolerate the existential dialectic between separateness and belonging.

Through personal accounts full of wisdom and nuance, the stories of immigration come to life and become accessible to the reader. Intended for clinicians, students, and academics interested in contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives on the topic of immigration, this book serves as a resource for clinical practice and can be read in courses on psychoanalysis, cultural psychology, immigrant studies, race and ethnic relations, self and identity, culture and human development, and immigrants and mental health. 

chapter |12 pages


ByJulia Beltsiou

part I|25 pages

Immigration as Psychological Opportunity

chapter 1|24 pages

Only What Is Human Can Truly Be Foreign

The Trope of Immigration as a Creative Force in Psychoanalysis
ByFrancisco J. González

part II|47 pages

The Effects of Immigration on Self-Experience

chapter 2|12 pages

Nell—A Bridge to the Amputated Self

The Impact of Immigration on Continuities and Discontinuities of Self
ByHazel Ipp

chapter 3|16 pages

Seeing Double, Being Double

Longing, Belonging, Recognition, and Evasion in Psychodynamic Work with Immigrants
ByGhislaine Boulanger

chapter 4|18 pages

The Immigrant Analyst

A Journey from Double Consciousness Towards Hybridity
ByGlenys Lobban

part III|37 pages

Otherness in Immigration

chapter 5|20 pages

Seeking Home in the Foreign

Otherness and Immigration
ByJulia Beltsiou

chapter 6|16 pages

Migration in Search of Sexual Identity

ByDino Koutsolioutsos

part IV|24 pages

Native Language, Foreign Tongue

chapter 7|8 pages

Living between Languages

A Bi-Focal Perspective
ByJeanne Wolff Bernstein

chapter 8|14 pages

The Place across the Street

Some Thoughts on Language, Separateness, and Difference in the Psychoanalytic Setting
ByIrene Cairo

part V|17 pages

Name Changes

chapter 9|16 pages

Names, Name Changes, and Identity in the Context of Migration

ByPratyusha Tummala-Narra

part VI|17 pages

Trauma and the Immigration Process

chapter 10|16 pages

On Leaving Home and the Flight from Trauma

ByDori Laub

part VII|23 pages

Mourning and Melancholia in Immigrants

chapter 11|22 pages

The Immigrant’s Neverland

Commuting from Amman to Brooklyn
ByLama Zuhair Khouri

part VIII|7 pages

Forever an Immigrant? The Immigrant in Older Age

chapter 12|6 pages

Out of Exile

Some Thoughts on Exile as a Dynamic Condition
ByEva Hoffman