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Sivri, M.T. (2017). ölüm kapıdaydı…. Psk. Yaz., 34:91-101.

(2017). Psikanaliz Yazıları (Psychoanalytic Writings), 34:91-101

ölüm kapıdaydı…

(Death was at the Door…)

Melis Tanik Sivri

Death was at the Door…

Increasing violence and destruction in the world and in our country bring up new questions about theory and technique in the field of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. The purpose of this article is to discuss the importance of the meta-containing function of supervision groups while working with trauma victims. In order to illustrate this, examples will be given from a supervision group process which was formed as a part of the Psychosocial Support Network, established after the successive terrorist attacks in Turkey. Traumatic events, experienced in the outside world and witnessed during the sessions may hinder the therapist's ability to contain which may make it impossible to “think under fire” (Bion). By working through the conflicting feelings of the trauma victim, brought to the supervision group process through the mechanism of projective identification, a deeper understanding of the trauma victim is achieved and the “blind spots” of the therapist are discovered. As the therapist-trauma victim dyad move away from “acting” to acquiring higher levels of symbolization, deepening of the therapeutic process, activation of the mourning work, and in some cases elimination of symptoms and better adaptation to the outside world is observed.

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