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VOL 25 – NO 1 – 2017


Flying blind in the psychotic storm – Nardus Saayman

Ethical emotional encounters: Contemplating challenges in psychoanalytically informed research – Clare Harvey

Alienation: A new orienting principle for psychotherapists in South Africa – Wahbie Long

Book review:

Apartheid and the making of a Black psychologist by Chabani Manganyi – Zamo Mbele


VOL 24 – NO 2 – 2016

The psychoanalytic petticoats of a Rogerian group process – Lisa Padfield

When virtuous (‘deugsame’) women flee: A reflection on dread and flight in group therapy in one South African setting – Lou-Mari Kruger

Expanding the terrain of psychoanalytic practice to diverse group settings in South Africa: Possibilities, challenges and future directions – Jason Bantjes

Book review:

Forced endings in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis: Attachment and loss in retirement – Wendy Cain

VOL 24 – NO 1 – 2016


The reflective function in obsessive-compulsive disorder – Jean-Philippe Arzul and Duncan Cartwright

Trauma and reparation: Adult daughters’ meaning-making of their relationships with their domestically violent fathers – Carla Durbach and Katherine Bain

Dream interpretation in theory: Drawing on the contributions of Freud, Jung, and the Kleinians – Joan Schön

Reaching across the divide: Considering the challenges for intercultural therapeutic dyads embedded in previously oppressive social contexts – Yael Adira Kadish


VOL 23 – NO 2 – 2015


Pathological organisations and psychic encapsulation in eating disorders: A contemporary consideration – Yael Kadish

Colliding worlds: Brief dynamic therapy from a self psychology perspective – Liesha Davies

The masculinity of male psychotherapists: Towards reflexive praxis – Thomas Burkhalter and Gillian Eagle


‘The Bodies and Minds of Babies in Relationship’: Psychoanalytic contributions to Johannesburg’s first infant mental health conference – Katherine Bain


VOL 23 – NO 1 – 2015


Finding a place for working with children in South African communities – David Hadley

Missing in action: Reflections on the employment of the paternal function in therapeutic practice – Nick Davies

Book review:

The Dark Side of the Womb: Pregnancy, Parenting and Persecutory Anxieties, by Joan Raphael-Leff London: Anna Freud Centre, 2015. ISBN 978-0-954-93194-0

Homeless Wanderers: Movement and Mental Illness in the Cape Colony in the Nineteenth Century, by Sally Swartz University of Cape Town Press, 2015. ISBN-10 1775820823 and ISBN-13 978-1775820826


VOL 22 – NO 2 – 2014


Providing a containing space for unbearable feelings – Rika van den Berg

The elusive paternal function: Clinicians’ perspectives – Nick Davies

Psychoanalytic training in South Africa: Attending to the marginalia – Lisa Saville Young


Obituary: Rika van den Berg (1956-2014)

Deborah Bidoli, Louise Frenkel, Mireille Landman, Di Nel, Micky Stern and Leslie Swartz


VOL 22 – NO 1 – 2014


Words, interpretation and setting: Changing forms of the talking cure – Sally Swartz

Training of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in contemporary South Africa: Theoretical dilemmas, clinical debates and diverse contexts – Cora Smith


Some considerations of the role of food in community work – Trevor Lubbe

Psychoanalysis and primary health care – Astrid Berg

Couple work in South Africa: A historical overview from Cape Town – Andrea Hill and Adrian Perkel

Trauma, reconciliation, embodiment: An account of the 9th and 10th SAPI conferences [Franschhoek, February, 2013; February 2014] – Joan Raphael-Leff

Book Review:

Race, Memory and the Apartheid Archive|: Towards a Psychosocial Praxis edited by Garth Stevens, Norman Duncan and Derek Hook – Allengary Naicker

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in South Africa: Contexts, Theories and Application edited by Cora Smith, Glenys Lobban and Michael O’Loughlin – Lou-Marié Kruger


VOL 21 – NO 2 – 2013

The long road home – Valerie Sinason

Till death-drive us apart: Associating injury and aggression in the couple – Adrian Perkel

Tri-bar mental structure in masochistic perversion – Clinton Michael van der Walt (University of the Witwatersrand) /Carol Long (University of the Witwatersrand)

Clinical features of the container function – Duncan Cartwright (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Psychoanalytic work on a cancer teenage ward – Barbara Segal


VOL 21 – NO 1 – 2013

Re-embodying the analyst – Karen Gubb (University of the Witwatersrand)

Hamlet – The lonely only and his siblings – Juliet Mitchell (University of Cambridge, University College, London University)

Reframing the frame: Reflections of a community service psychologist – Lisa Padfield (Private practice)

The farthest reaches – Frances Williams (Sharon Sibanda)


VOL 20 – NO 2 – 2012

‘Vrot kolletjies’: Shame, silence and enactment in psychotherapy with impoverished clients – Lou-Marié Kruger (University of Stellenbosch)

Thinking about contextual deprivation in mother-infant work in South Africa – Katharine Frost (Ububele Educational and Psychotherapy Trust) / Melanie Esterhuizen (Ububele Educational and Psychotherapy Trust) / Katherine Bain (University of the Witwatersrand) / Linda Rosenbaum (Private Practice)

Reflections on psychoanalytic writing – Carol Long


VOL 20 – NO 1 – 2012

The development of psychoanalytic understandings of male homosexuality: Moving beyond pathology – Gareth Mitchell (University of the Witwatersrand)

‘The mothers have mercy for me’: Change in parent-infant relationships through group psychotherapy – Katherine Bain (University of the Witwatersrand) /  Linda Rosenbaum (Private Practice) / Katharine Frost (Ububele Educational and Psychotherapy Trust) / Melanie Esterhuizen (Ububele Educational and Psychotherapy Trust)

‘My baby cries for nothing’: Mentalisation challenges in the face of negative countertransference when working with mothers who struggle to hold their babies in mind
– Linda Rosenbaum (Private Practice) / Katherine Bain (University of the Witwatersrand) / Melanie Esterhuizen (Ububele Educational and Psychotherapy Trust) / Katharine Frost (Ububele Educational and Psychotherapy Trust)


VOL 19 No 2 2011

‘Hold my hand, I’m dying’: Identification in attachment and melancholia – Katherine Bain (University of the Witwatersrand)

A group-analytic formulation of an incident of disruptive behaviour in a school – Jason Bantjes (University of Stellenbosch)

Dissociation and restoration in trauma survivors and their children – Bruce Bradfield (University of Cape Town)


VOL 19 No 1 2011

The prosthetic third in violent, psychotic, male patients – Clinton Michael van der Walt (University of the Witwatersrand)
* Winner: PPSA Mervin Glasser Postgraduate Student Prize

A phenomenological perspective on the unconscious – Jacki Watts (University of the Witwatersrand)

Psychoanalysis, siblings and the social group – Juliet Mitchell (University College London)


VOL 18 No 1 2010

The launch of the South African Psychoanalytic Confederation: A witness report – Elda Storck

The establishment of an accredited psychoanalytic training institute in South Africa – Mark Solms

Writing for special needs: The importance of the real relationship – Thomas Burkhalter

Reflections on society as borderline mother – Karen Gubb

A self psychology perspective on the formulation and treatment of psychopathology in children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders – Mariska Pienaar and Christopher D. Molteno

Book Review – Growing old: A journey of self-discovery, Danielle Quinodoz, translated by David Alcorn. London and New York: Routledge, 2010 – Julie Green (Johannesburg)

Book Review – Relational trauma in infancy: Psychoanalytic, attachment and neuropsychological contributions to parent-infant psychotherapy, T. Baradon (Ed.). London & New York: Routledge, 2010. – Dean Kilian (Johannesburg)


VOL 18  No 2  2010

Exploring Positive Countertransference in Psychotherapy with Psychotic Patients – Patrick Connolly (University of the Witwatersrand) / Wendy Cain (University of the Witwatersrand)

The Sense of Bodily Symptoms – Karen Gubb (University of the Witwatersrand)

Healthy Maternal Ambivalence – Joan Raphael-Leff

Forum: Commentary on ‘Writing for Special Needs: The Importance of the Real Relationship’ by Thomas Burkhalter – Valerie Sinason (Clinic for Dissociative Studies, London)

Forum: Inspiring Psychoanalytic Writing Apprehending Donald Meltzer – Neil Maizels

Book Review – The Adolescent Storm: A Handbook for Parents, Meg Fargher and Helen Dooley. Johannesburg: Penguin, 2010. ISBN 978-0-1430-2492-7. – Carol Long (University of the Witwatersrand)

Book Review – Elements of Counselling: A Handbook for Counsellors in Southern Africa (revised edition), Joan Schön, Lauren Gower and Victor Kotze. Westhoven: Sophiatown Community Psychological Services, 2010. ISBN 978-0-620-46606-6. – Esther Price (University of the Witwatersrand)

Book Review – Containing States of Mind: Exploring Bion’s ‘Container Model’ in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, by Duncan Cartwright. London and New York: Routledge, 2010. ISBN 978-1-58391-879-1. Gavin Ivey (University of the Witwatersrand)


VOL 17 No 1 2009

‘Linking the breaks’: containing the psychotherapists responding to the 2008 Xenophobic Crisis – Astrid Berg, Judy Davies, Kathleen Hanley, Andrea Hill, Jenny Perkel, Diane Sandler and Jane van der Riet

The couple as social microcosm: Some reflections on the impact of loss and difference on reparation in South Africa today – Andrea Hill and Sylvia Poss

Ghosts, aliens and things that go bump in the night: parent- child psychotherapy in relation to childhood sleep difficulties – Nicola Dugmore



Not knowing: Towards an ethics for employing psychoanalysis in psychosocial research – Lisa Saville Young

Ethics in tension: Dilemmas for clinicians conducting sensitive research – Carol Long and Gillian Eagle

The ethical container: Different dimensions informing ethical action – Lulu Bräsler

Exploring the ethical principle of social responsibility and other ethical issues in the context of the mental health professionals’ response to xenophobic violence in Cape Town – Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela


VOL 16 No 1 2008

Think in a Rectal Container – Arlene Joffe

Countertransference Reactions in Psychotherapy Group Work with HIV Positive Children – Julia Kuhn

Participators, Reciprocators and Renouncers:2 Paternal Orientations in the 21st Century – Joan Raphael-Leff


VOL 16 No 2 2008

Three forms of container pathology: towards a classification – Arlene Joffe

The inner worlds of anorexia and bulimia: a comparative exploration of internal object relations in eating disordered women – Lihie Gilhar and Gavin Ivey

Eggs between women – emotional aspects of egg donation in reproductive technology – Joan Raphael-Leff


VOL 15 No 1 2007

Hate in the phallic container – Carol Long

Envy and Jealousy in the supervisory triad – Gavin Ivey

The Tavistock Clinic short course for work with under-fives: the model and its applicability for private practitioners in South Africa – Nicola Dugmore


VOL 15 No 2 2007

Reading psychoanalysis in the diaspora: South African psychoanalytic psychotherapists’ struggles with voice – Sally Swartz

How do you know? The centrality of Bion’s container/contained concept in developing the capacity to think and to know – Tanya Wilson

The couple and its instincts – Adrian Perkel