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In therapy: Sonia, this patient who opened the doors of a concentration camp to me

Me, shrink

In therapy, as in the series of the same name, one speaks and the other listens, above all. However, listening is not a simple blotter, receptacle of the ills of his patients. In this one-on-one that can last for years, the discussions sometimes resonate or deeply mark a practitioner.

With this series “In therapy”, Rue89 gives the floor to psychoanalysts and psychologists so that they can tell us about the most significant therapeutic relationship of their career. If you are a shrink and wish to share your experience with us (even anonymously), contact us: [email protected]

Interview with the practitioner Gérard Haddad, psychiatrist, also engineer and essayist. His book “The day Lacan adopted me” (Biblio Essais, 2005) retraces his own analysis, carried out over eleven years by Jacques Lacan, the famous and controversial French psychoanalyst.

The encounter

1985. I began my career as a psychoanalyst in my office on 16e district of Paris. From the window of my office, in this vast Haussmannian apartment, I see my patients crossing the interior courtyard. To decorate my workspace, I called on a decorator friend. The salmon-colored fabric adorning the walls goes wonderfully with the classic furniture by cabinetmaker Georges Jacob. The seats and chests of drawers with arched legs are reminiscent of the Louis XV style. Beside my little library, there are paintings of no great value, including a realistic painting by Fra

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