Your Family Tree, Family History And Psychogenealogy

What Exactly Does Your Family History Say About You?

It is not necessary to have already constituted a family tree to start a work on transgenerational. You come with what you know and, just as importantly, with what you do not know. Defects in transmission may sometimes be as long as detailed knowledge of family history. Later, during the process, if you have the desire, you will go in search of documents such as birth, marriage or death certificates that will teach you a lot. You may feel the need to interview some family members, very close ones but also some of the most distant ones you can not imagine yet what they might have to reveal to you.


Psychogenealogy teaches you to ask the right question, to the right person, at the right moment.


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To go back in time and generations, psychogenealogy uses a number of tools, all of which are intended to promote awareness:

Speech: you tell your childhood memories, present the various characters in your family, you reflect out loud about the family problems. Speech allows you to make connections, and to translate into words what emerges from your unconscious through your drawings, your awakened dreams or the family representations that you will be led to stage.

The Genosociogram: This is the essential tool, the document on which your work is based. This is the genealogical tree of your family, enriched with the major events that mark the history of each character. Ideally, the genosociogram contains dates of birth, marriage, and death; The first names, including the 2nd and 3rd; The major stages of life: diseases, removals, separations, inheritances, and any marking event (happy or tragic).

The genosociogram is a sort of mapping of your paternal and maternal lines. Thanks to him, we observe the rehearsals, the birthday syndromes, the connected characters with sometimes several generations of distance.

This graphical representation of the family body, carried out during the first sessions, serves as a support throughout the work. It evolves as you discover your family.

The awakened dream: plunged into a state of deep relaxation, you let your imagination follow the path that I propose to you. Images and scenarios arise, which can enlighten you on some unspoken family buried in your unconscious, or pose images on your inner family representations.

The drawing: after a dream awake, I often suggest you to put in picture what you have visualized. No matter the graphic quality of the drawing, we enter the universe of the symbolic. On the contrary, the less you “know” draw, the better your unconscious is expressed. The analysis of these drawings allows important awareness.

The “transgenerational gestalt”: you stage your family configuration in the space of the cabinet, by means of objects or figurines. We then work on the images obtained and the place of each one.

Photos: Viewing family photos as part of transgenerational work may lead you to see different characters and the ties that bind them together.

Photo-language: you choose from hundreds of images (old or contemporary postcards, photos, drawings, film scenes, landscapes, historical or fictional characters, reproductions of paintings, posters …) those that speak most to you Themes. These symbolic representations become the support of many realizations.

These tools are only a few examples of the type of work that occurs during psychogenealogy sessions. They can be used, or not, depending on your needs and your problems. The only one that is systematically worked and deepened is the genosociogram.

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I am an “integrative” psychoanalyst. The word appears barbaric, practice is not. It is a matter of articulating, “integrating,” different approaches to take into account, together, body, emotions, thought and unconscious. And at the same time, leave the ideological chapels. Finally, the question of common sense.

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Integrative psychoanalysis therefore takes very different forms according to the personality of the practitioner. As far as I am concerned, I rely mainly on psychotherapy by speech, with great attention to the body, just as “speaking”. I rely on the theories of psychoanalysis (unconscious, transfer …) as well as on the principles of humanistic psychology (the “here and now”, the non-directivity of the interviews, the relationship between body and emotions …). So the couch is not an obligatory passage.

I refer to the code of ethics of the SFPI (French Society for Integrative Psychoanalysis) which includes, inter alia, respect for the person and freedom of thought, prohibition of abuse of power and influence, and clarity Information on the duration, frequency and tariff of the sessions. It submits the practitioner to strict confidentiality.

I was trained at the NFL, a school of “integrative psychoanalysis” which, as the name of this discipline indicates, refuses any dogmatic approach and “integrates” different currents, such as bioenergy, gestalt, transactional analysis …

I am also trained in psychogenealogy, that is to say the study of the family tree to address and deal with family and personal problems. It is a powerful tool, which I use in specific consultation, or that I integrate as needed in analytical psychotherapy.

Passionate about Irvin Yalom, Donald Winnicott, Alice Miller, Karl Gustav Jung, Sigmund Freud, and a few others, I try not to follow any theory in particular to adapt to the unique needs of each patient. ‘Says Yalom,’ it is the relationship that heals’, not the principles that underlie it.

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