New Horizons

The Analytic Center for Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy applies a modern theoretical and scientific discourse, which combines different levels of analysis regarding human functioning.

Its original contribution to the area is based on a triple axis: a) therapeutic population, b) goal of treatment, c) therapeutic procedure.

a)  Adolescents: Adolescents, due to the current clinical debate on their part, find themselves, regarding their treatment, swinging between children and adults. A.C.P. gives adolescence its own ontological status. Adolescence is no longer regarded as a period of prolonged childhood, or failed adulthood.

    Adults: A.C.P. confronts adulthood not as an end, but as a continuous developmental challenge, in its continuous opening to difference.

b)  Regarding the goal of treatment, it seems that we are currently stuck in a no way out: On the one hand, we aim at ΄΄good functioning΄΄, or at what is ΄΄best΄΄ for the person seeking our help. On the other, we aim either at his ΄΄truth΄΄, or his ΄΄desire΄΄. In the first case, however, what is implied is an one and only reality, whereas in the second, an one and only truth. What has nevertheless been made apparent by the current developments in science, philosophy, as well as the historical context itself, is that we can no longer speak of a singular truth or reality, but of plural truths or realities. What is relevant today is the conjunction, the combination of truths and realities. The unification of the multiple in thought and action is our time’s ΄΄desideratum΄΄, necessitating even more the research concerning meta-modern forms of subjectivity. Psychoanalytic theory since Lacan and Bion, as well as modern science and philosophy, since Feyerabend and Deleuze, constantly expand their territories. Exploring his human, essential and existential limits, contemporary man is required to uninterruptedly tie truths and realities together, coming to be his self’s own artist.

c)  Regarding the way the therapist listens, or binds together information coming from the client in his mind, A.C.P. aims at enriching the levels the therapist applies at hearing or decoding what is being communicated. The therapist does no longer confine himself to the strict boundaries of a singular theory, but constantly moves between literature, art, music, cinema, history, science and technology, since one’s ΄΄adds΄΄, ΄΄likes΄΄, ΄΄deletes΄΄ and ΄΄friend requests΄΄ in Facebook for instance, can sometimes prove more relevant than anything else for this person’s understanding. It is only in such a way that the therapist opens up to the pure ΄΄alea΄΄ of the outside, avoiding to confine it between the therapy’s walls.