Birthday syndrome, family secrets, rehearsals, family history? In this article, you will discover in a few key points what psychogenealogy is, what it is, who practices it, how a typical session is and to whom it is addressed to know if this therapeutic method corresponds to your needs.
What is psychogenealogy?
Psychogenealogy or transgenerational analysis is a therapeutic method that aims to alleviate the malaise of the person who consults by offering to analyze the genealogy from which it came to better understand the place and missions that have been left to it by the generations of women and men who preceded it.
Psychogenealogy accepts the idea that there is a transmission from the unconscious to the unconscious and that the unspoken traumatic continue to work in the unconscious of the descendants until they have found a way of representing themselves just, be it through the word, the manifestation of emotions, the artistic representation …
Thus, the psychogenealogy proposes to honor those to whom one owes the life while restoring to them the pains, traumas, schemas of thought, action … in which the person does not find himself anymore today. It is therefore a work of quest for emancipation, individuation in the present that helps you to realize the therapist.
Who practices psychogenealogy?
The therapist is called a psychogenealogist or transgenerational analyst, has received specific training from certifying training centers and adheres to a demanding code of ethics, particularly with regard to the issue of the management of family secrets (to be requested at first consultation).
How does a psychogenealogy session take place?
Most often, the person who comes to the clinic comes with a specific questioning, a difficulty that concerns him in his daily life: difficulty to couple, social or professional difficulties recurring …
The practitioner focuses his work on this questioning, the personal quest in the here and now. After an anamnesis (a kind of biography discussed), he uses media such as drawing, staging figurines, graphic cards, setting the body in motion … to help the patient to propose a first representation of his family.
Quite quickly, the person develops a genosociogram which is the instantaneous of the family unconscious carried by the individual, a certain determinism. This is done from memory, exchanging with the practitioner and initially over four generations, ie to the patient’s great-grandparents.
The study of the genosociogram is used to go back in family history, to weave links between before and today and thus better understand the origin of the suffering of the patient.
What changes from classical therapy is that one comes, in a way, in consultation with one’s whole ascending family and contemporaries. There may initially be a conflict of family loyalty for the patient.
How long does the therapy last?
The modality of the sessions varies according to the practitioners, the sessions are regular but not weekly (fortnightly or three weeks) and last generally one hour and thirty minutes. A dozen sessions allow to take stock of the first issue.
The history of psychogenealogy
The psychotherapist Anne Ancelin-Schützenberger allowed in France the theorization and the development of this therapeutic method since the 1970s and invented the genosociogram (diagram with its own graphic codes which combines family genealogy and historical, socio-cultural and economic environments). At the same time, Françoise Dolto, Didier Dumas, Nicolas Abraham, Maria Torok … explore several aspects of the discipline in their psychoanalytic practice.
The opinion of Marion Rollin, psychopharmacist
My belief is that a traumatic story poorly transmitted from one generation to the next has the power to disrupt man, because the brain can not give it a coherent, rational form that would leave him alone. It is said in our jargon that history is not “symbolized” properly. It then turns in the head a bit like when you can not find the exact title of a song, a movie, a book … We know that it’s about that but not everything indeed, and our thought is not at rest. The obsession settles, something “bell” and clutters us until we find the exact title, with the right words.
With the work in transgenerational analysis, we can give “just body” back to his family history, reconstruct a coherent version of the facts that will free the mind and put it to rest from past sufferings.
The family constellation is one of the many tools of the transgenerational analysis, to use it in isolation and without therapeutic follow-up with a practitioner can be counterproductive or even harmful