Outline of a Process Model of Psychoanalytic Therapy

  • Ilka von Zeppelin
Part of the Monographien der Breuninger-Stiftung Stuttgart book series (BREUNINGER)


This chapter attempts to explain the therapeutic relationship and the therapeutic process by means of a cognitive regulation model, which treats the analyst-patient relationship as the interaction of two “process-systems„ (cp, Moser et al, 1981). This interaction follows explicit or implicit relation-rules; and each of these process-systems, which can be broken down into regulation-contexts (with their own specific functions) linked in a multiprocessing system, has its own cognitive regulation-system (Fig. 1). Reference will be made to this model, which is based on Clippinger’s (1977) model of the psychoanalytic dialogue, and on Schneider and Sandblad’s (1979) modelling approach, only where this is necessary to the understanding of the therapeutic relationship.


Cognitive Model Therapeutic Relationship Therapeutic Process Emotional Involvement Analytic Rule 
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