The talk was held and recorded on 21 July 2022. It is based on In Leaps and Bounds: Psychic Development and its Facilitation in Treatment by Salman Akhtar. In it, he outlines ten different interventions intended to promote, unmask, and consolidate patients’ development, thus demonstrating how an enriched understanding of personality development can inform a clinician’s approach and enhance treatment for their patients. With development as a lifelong process, Dr Akhtar shows how to facilitate growth while not departing, or departing only slightly, from the basic guideposts of neutrality, anonymity, and abstinence. Among the specific and additive techniques he describes are creating space for thinking, validating the patient’s reality, and enhancing the patient’s sense of personal agency. An absolute masterclass from a world-leading psychoanalyst.
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