There are moments of connection between analysts and patients during any therapeutic encounter upon which the therapy can turn. Moments of Meeting in Psychoanalysis explores how analysts and therapists can experience these moments of meeting, shows how this interaction can become an enlivening and creative process, and seeks to recognise how it can change both the analyst and patient in profound and fundamental ways.

The theory and practice of contemporary psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy has reached an exciting new moment of generous and generative interaction. As psychoanalysts become more intersubjective and relational in their work, it becomes increasingly critical that they develop approaches that have the capacity to harness and understand powerful moments of meeting, capable of propelling change through the therapeutic relationship. Often these are surprising human moments in which both client and clinician are moved and transformed. Moments of Meeting in Psychoanalysis offers a window into the ways in which some of today’s practitioners think about, encourage, and work with these moments of meeting in their practices. Each chapter of the book offers theoretical material, case examples, and a discussion of various therapists’ reflections on and experiences with these moments of meeting. 

With contributions from relational psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and Jungian analysts, and covering essential topics such as shame, impasse, mindfulness, and group work, this book offers new theoretical thinking and practical clinical guidance on how best to work with moments of meeting in any relationally oriented therapeutic practice. Moments of Meeting in Psychoanalysis will be of great interest to psychoanalysts, psychoanalytic psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, workers in other mental health fields, graduate students, and anyone interested in change processes.

chapter |10 pages


BySusan Lord

part I|54 pages


chapter 1|32 pages

My journey in infant research and psychoanalysis

Microanalysis, a social microscope
ByBeatrice Beebe

chapter 2|20 pages

Moments of truth in psychoanalytic treatment

ByJonathan H. Slavin, Miki Rahmani

part II|58 pages

Jungian approaches to relational work

chapter 3|17 pages

Moments of complexity

Non-local aspects of moments of meeting
ByJoseph Cambray

chapter 4|16 pages

The aesthetics of being

ByMark Winborn

chapter 5|23 pages

States of grace

Eureka moments and the recognition of the unthought known
ByCatherine Crowther, Martin Schmidt

part III|142 pages

Relational analysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy

chapter 6|20 pages

Moments of meeting and the problem of shame

A brief history of relational therapy
ByPatricia A. DeYoung

chapter 7|15 pages

The therapist’s capacity to tolerate the intolerable

My tears, not his
ByMartha Stark

chapter 8|17 pages

Living inside the moment

A view from self psychology
ByDenise Davis

chapter 9|20 pages

Where did that happy ending come from?

Dreaming moments of meeting
ByJoyce Slochower

chapter 11|11 pages

You, me, and us

ByDavid Pocock

chapter 11|13 pages

Probing for realness and reciprocity in the early years of an analysis 1

ByMalcolm Owen Slavin

chapter 12|12 pages


“Now moments” in clinical space
ByEdie Boxer

chapter 13|14 pages

Mutual discoveries emerging from secrets, lies, deceptions, and truths

ByLinda G. Beeler

chapter 14|17 pages

Retirement from psychotherapy practice

A mutually generative rite of passage
ByElizabeth McKamy

part IV|59 pages

Alternative relational modalities

chapter 15|26 pages

Something more than “‘something more’ than interpretation”

Accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP) works the experiential edge of transformational experience to transform the internal working model
ByDiana Fosha

chapter 16|15 pages

Mindfulness, intimacy and presence

Moments of meeting in psychotherapy
BySusan Lord

chapter 17|16 pages

Finding each other in a crowded room

Internal family systems and group psychotherapy
ByAnnie Weiss

chapter |5 pages


ByHazel Ipp