A Relational Intersubjective Approach to Conjoint Treatment - Philip Ringstrom proposes a couples therapy model based on the intersubjective and relational paradigm whose goal is to enable two "‘real selves’ to intimately connect under that same roof", and at the same time the partners become able to repair the inevitable ruptures and to overcome the mismatches that arise from both the similarities and the differences between two subjects in a relationship. Ringstrom’s treatment model is organized in six non-linear steps, like Escher’s ascending and descending staircases. It is outlined in three basic points: - self actualisation; - mutual recognition; - the development of a relational mind of its own. Ringstrom’s Conjoint treatment also shows us the progress of psychoanalytic theory beginning with Freud (where there is Es, there will be Ego), through Ego Psychology (where there is Ego, there will be objects), until Benjamin’s latest formulations (where there are objects, there will subjects).
Keywords: Mutual Recognition - Actualization of One Self - Attunement