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O’Connell, M. (2019). We’re In This Scene Together. Psychoanal. Perspect., 16(3):300-311.

(2019). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 16(3):300-311

We’re In This Scene Together

Mark O’Connell, LCSW-R, MFA

As both an actor and a therapist, the author of this article describes his personal connection to Atlas/Aron’s concept of dramatic dialogue in the therapeutic situation, and emphasizes his own conception of psychotherapy as a performing art in itself—one in which our reflections on our idiomatic process are more crucial than the technical actions we enact. Two pairs of vignettes help to illustrate his points, each including a significant learning moment for him as an actor, and a corresponding revelation as a clinician. These narratives illustrate how the author’s use of self serves a “generative and prospective function” for him as a performing artist—in and out of session, on and off stage.

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