In my professional practice, in addition to following psychodynamic technique and theory , I have complementary theoretical and technical influences, therefore I make use of some concepts and techniques that derive from three other main theories:
- The biopsychosocial one;
- The systemic-relational one;
- That of relational psychoanalysis.
Before moving on to a brief description of the aforementioned, it is necessary to premise that systemic-family psychotherapy and relational psychoanalysis are training schools with a structured path recognized by the Order of Psychologists, as well as psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Each psychotherapist is trained in one or more of the psychotherapy specialization schools recognized by the Order. Personally I am a specialist in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and notions of systemic-family theory and technique were part of my academic training.
Theoretical bio-psycho-social influences
The bio-psycho-social model was proposed by George Libman Engel and Jon Romano of Rochester University in 1977, as opposed to the biomedical model hitherto used for the definition of health and disease.
It is a model that promotes health in the approach to the person, thus opposing the vision of health as a mere “absence of pathology”.
For this reason, this model always takes into consideration factors coming from all the areas that define the life experience of an individual, namely the biological one (genetic, physiological, chemical etc.), the psychological one (of emotions, of the functioning of thought. , character, etc.) and the social (historical, economic, cultural, etc.) and the combination of these.
Theoretical influences and systemic-relational techniques
As regards the systemic-relational approach, I have always made my own the concept that the person is not an entity in its own right but is part of a family context that can be defined as a system and therefore with characteristics and forms of express themselves that they are flexible in time and context.
Systemic-relational psychotherapy was born from the systemic model, theorized, starting from the late 1950s, at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto (California), by Paul Watzlawick and Gregory Bateson.
Finally, my personal interest in relational psychoanalysis (definition proposed by Stephen Mitchell, an American psychoanalyst, in the 1980s) leads me to implement in my professional experience concepts such as that of the structuring of the mental life of human beings fundamentally dependent on relationships with human beings. others, thus overcoming a classic view of psychoanalysis whereby the individual is at the mercy of his own drives.