Relational Psychoanalysis Potential Usefulness with Black South African Clients

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The aim of this article is to suggest that relational psychoanalysis may be a useful approach for working with clients from indigenous African cultures. In particular, the article considers the utility of relational psychoanalysis to understanding and enacting the therapeutic relationship with clients from an indigenous African cultural background. The notion of “we” self from the perspective of African cultures is a case in point for possible compatibility between relational psychoanalysis and black clients who come from background that place a high value on communal or “we” selves. An integrative therapy that combines African worldviews and relational psychoanalysis is possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-273
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychology in Africa
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • African cultures
  • Black client
  • Relational psychoanalysis
  • The Self
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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