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What is Psychoanalysis?
Psychoanalysis is not just talking. It tries to find a particular answer to ones suffering. A symptom is not a mistake of twisted thoughts or an abstract inconvenience. It holds a truth about who one is or how one tries to take hold of life. It is like a clue to the puzzle of one’s life, loves, hates, longing, mourning, doubting, … Lacanian psychoanalysis does not dismiss the truth that lies hidden in the symptom. It dignifies the truth by listening to what it has to say. The analyst invites the subject to speak. To speak about concerns, anxieties, things that make you angry, and whatever comes to mind. In this way one begins to work with the suffering, rather than against it. The symptom will gradually loose its constraining grip and will make way to possibilities not noticed before. And thus the speaking subject finds his/her own solutions to his/her life.
Welcome to my website.
I’m a Lacanian psychoanalyst with a private practice in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. This website is a window on my clinical practice, my other work (lectures etc.) and psycho-analysis as such.
Trained as a psychologist and a psychotherapist (University of Ghent) I started working in 1990 with children and youngsters. Gradually I took up the work with adults as well.
I do some team supervisions and give from time to time lessons as a volunteer in the Red Cross Reception Centre for Refugees (Sint-Niklaas). Cultural differences are important. Yet we all try to find an answer (a savoir y faire) to the fact that we are speaking beings.
This summer I got engaged in the Artists Village. This is a project from the WARP, an organization to promote contemporary art. The idea of the village is to bring young artists together to show and talk about their work to professionals (renown artists, curators etc.) and amongst themselves. This year two psychoanalysts were invited (Lieven Jonckheere and myself) to be ‘commentators’. (an account in English)
Recently, I gave a lecture 'Beyond Silence' on the congres Arvo Pärt: Sounding the Sacred in Frodham University NYC. It was about the sometimes profound effects of 'silence' in Pärt's music on the listener (not unlike in psychoanalysis).
The visitor may find links to some texts of myself in English. More important, you may use some links to browse the web. This way you can meet contemporary Lacanian psychoanalysis.
Philippe Grisar Vrouweneekhoekstraat 95 9100 Sint-Niklaas - Psycholoog - psychoanalyticus - psychotherapie voor kinderen, jongeren en volwassenen
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