Psychoanalysis in Post-Apartheid South Africa

  • Elda Storck-van Reenen
  • Mary-Anne Smith
Schlagworte: political climate change, alignment with international standards, organisations as promoters and containers, diversity, neuropsychoanalysis, mental health systems and interventions, applicability of psychoanalysis, prevention, holding and containment, training of community counsellors, role of psychoanalytic organisations


The following paper seeks to describe the trajectory of psychoanalytic endeavours in South Africa since the political thaw of the 1990s. The first part, written by Elda Storck – van Reenen, centres on the alignment of psychoanalytic training to international standards and the formation of institutions to contain these developments. Encouraging demographic and professional diversity and addressing the deficit of personal therapy – «Selbsterfahrung» – in formal training modalities are of primary importance. The second part, written by Mary-Anne Smith, elaborates on the application of basic psychoanalytic concepts to community and outreach work in an impoverished and traumatized society. In addition, the aspiration of engaging the interest and support of governmental agencies around the value and relevance of psychoanalytic thinking for primary and preventative health care is explored.


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Storck-van Reenen, E., & Smith, M.-A. (2015). Psychoanalysis in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Journal für Psychoanalyse, (56).