Issue 3 – August 2016



A quarterly publication 25th year, issue 3 August 2016




Noémi Berger, László Bokor, Tibor Cece Kiss



Theoretical Study

Gabriella Salz, Katalin Szili: “Levitation” as an embodied method to overcome trauma

Research study

Gábor Pál Török, Zsuzsa Marlok, Tamás Martos: Is self- supervision possible? Introduction of the method and efficiency testing of self-supervision in helping professions

Research study

Márta Kiss: Illness and recovery narratives of users of psychiatry




The way we work

Amaryl Árkovits: The case of Kinga

József Krékits: Comment on the case of Kinga

Árpád Mondok: Comment on the case of Kinga

Erika Szautner: Comment on the case of Kinga

Team presentation interview – Hungarian Daseinanalytical AssociationKrisztina Pál, Gábor Szőnyi, Márta Takácsy

Curved mirror – A good therapist starts and ends the session punctually – The psychocheson paradigm – Piroska Milák, István Soós

Survey – Who participate, what they expect and how do they like the 12th conference of the Pszichoterápia journal – Krisztina Pál, Gábor Szőnyi

Competition –

I saw, I heard, I read… – On cultural experiences and psychotherapy – Zsuzsanna Mogyorósy-Révész Mária Magdaléna Nagy




Discussions, comments

Debate: Role of religion – does it hinder or foster therapy or consultation? – Árpád Mondok ♦ Klára Unger Aranka Tiringer Krisztina Pál, Lili Valkó

Debate: Body – to use (or not to use) in therapy?– Ildikó Erdélyi Adrienne Incze ♦ Tünde Perfalvi-Zobor

Ethical questions in therapeutic practice 17. Melinda Bimbó Miklós Cserey Judit Tóth, Árpád Mondok

In memoriam

Emma C. Molnár – István Ormay

News and reports

Conferences – Márton Herneczki ♦ Júlia Kálmán ♦ István Kappéter

Book reviews – Zsuzsanna BeneAdrienne HarkányiTibor Cece KissGyörgyi Kovács István Tiringer ♦ István Tiringer

List of professional books and periodicals

Professional programs







Theoretical Study

“Levitation” as an embodied method to overcome trauma

Gabriella Salz, Katalin Szili

In the present study, we aim to answer the question how trauma affects the processes of memory recollection, what forms a non-integrated memory can take in the present, and what kind of physical, visual and verbal modes of appearance they might own in the process. How do traits of memories turn up from the implicit memory during a therapy, and how do these support the processes of comprehension. Based on contemporary psychoanalytical theories, memory studies, the concept of embodiment and trauma interpretations, we would like to present a case study, in which the given trauma is represented in the body and the mode of existence, as well. Trauma initiated a process, where only body sensations reflected in an environment with similar stimuli to the original one, at the same time it had serious effects on the attachment patterns through implicit memory. To understand the therapeutic process, we are going to use the contemporary psychoanalytical theoretical framework developed by Bucci, which shows the relationship between the symbolic and sub-symbolic levels, therefore highlight the applications of different modes of expression in non-verbal therapies.

Keywords: dissociation – embodiment – implicit memory – non-verbal therapy – trauma




Research study

Is self- supervision possible? Introduction of the method and efficiency testing of self-supervision in helping professions

Gábor Pál Török, Zsuzsa Marlok, Tamás Martos

In our study we tried to find justification for self-supervision and test the efficiency of self-supervision without the assistance of a supervisor or a supervisory group. Giving an overview of the basic tendencies and theoretical questions of supervision, we looked for the role of self-supervision in the system of supervisory schools, both in theory and practice. The starting point of our investigation was the self-supervision method of Reinhard T. Krüger, German psychotherapist and psychodramatist, based on role reversal. The efficiency of this method has been analysed in an experiment with the help of an applied control model based on Pennebaker’s expressive writing. In our study we show the process of both supervisory models then we introduce the process of efficiency testing and the most significant results. The effects of the two types of techniques were measured by a client relationship scale developed by a research team, which will also be introduced.

According to the results, both techniques help to reduce the feeling of emotional stress and frustration. In the case of self-supervision based on role reversal, the ability to side with the client increased more significantly. The results reinforce the possibility of the effective application of self supervision.

Key words: supervision psychodrama role taking expressive writing efficiency testing





Research study

Illness and recovery narratives of users of psychiatry

Márta Kiss

Theoretical background: Today in Hungary the biomedical narrative dominates the psychiatric care depicting psychiatric illness as a chronic disturbance of genetic and biochemical processes, similar to somatic diseases. In the last decades however the so called recovery-narrative has gained influence interpreting psychiatric problems in a way that more or less contradicts the biomedical model. Aim of the study: The goal of my study was to find out more about the ways in which people who have suffered from psychiatric symptoms and recovered give meaning to their experience. The paper examines whether individual interpretations reflect elements of the narratives that society constructs to represent psychiatric disease and recovery. Method: To answer the question of my research I recorded narrative interviews of 11 recovering users of Awakenings Foundation of Budapest. In the focus of these interviews was the life story, the disease and the recovery of my interviewees. The gathered interviews were analysed then using a narrative method. Results: The interviews have shown that most participants employ the elements of both the biomedical and the recovery narratives to make sense of their experience and the two narratives seem to complement each-other in the process of interpretation of events. Conclusion: The appearance of the recovery narrative next to the biomedical increases one’s freedom to interpret the personal reality in a way that suits them best.

Key words: individual life-story – narrative analysis – recovery narrative – biomedical narrative – narrative reality construction



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