Intersubjective Processes and the Unconscious looks at how the minds of the therapist and the patient interact with each other in a profound and unconscious way: a concept first described by Freud.

This book expands Freud’s ideas further and examines how these have been greatly elaborated by contributions from the Kleinian School as well as from the work of Bion. It explores how, together, patient and therapist co-create a narrative through these unconscious intersubjective processes. Topics of discussion include:

  • the unconscious dimensions of intersubjective processes
  • an historical overview of Freudian, Kleinian and Bionian contributions
  • an integrated theory of the nature of unconscious intersubjective processes
  • the central importance of dreaming in intersubjective processes
  • the clinical implications of this intersubjective model

The author offers in-depth clinical examples and case vignettes to illustrate the application of these principles when working with trauma, countertransference dreams and supervision. As such, this book will be invaluable to all psychoanalysts and psychotherapists interested in the topic of intersubjectivity as well as those who want to learn more about the interactional dimensions of Freud, Klein and Bion.

chapter 1|19 pages


chapter 10|18 pages

Final reflections: dreaming the future