Object Relations Psychotherapy by Jill Savege Scharff
Watch renowned psychoanalyst Jill Savege Scharff masterfully demonstrate Object Relations Psychotherapy in an actual therapy session in this 3-part video.
An object relations approach eschews the blank slate and instead makes the relationship between therapist and client primary. As Scharff explains, the psychotherapist creates a holding environment for unconscious material to emerge and childhood wounds to be worked through—a process that’s mystifying and out of reach to many of us. In this video, Scharff brilliantly demonstrates this process: she remains neutral yet connected, follows her client’s lead, looks for the subtle affect and patterns of speech that signal underlying conflict, and ultimately encourages her client’s deeper issues of guilt towards his mother to surface and be addressed. Hosts Jon Carlson and Diane Kjos introduce Dr. Scharff and facilitate an enlightening discussion of the approach.From watching this video, you will:
• Develop an understanding of the key concepts of Object Relations Psychotherapy including the components of creating a holding environment.
• Gain insight into Jill Scharff’s psychotherapy style and how she remains neutral and connected as she pays close attention to her client’s subtle actions and reactions.
• Learn how to apply an Object Relations approach to your own therapeutic work with clients.