An Integrative-Relational Approach in Schizophrenia: From Philosophical Principles to Mentalization-Based Practice

  • João G. Pereira
  • Martin Debbané
Part of the Studies in Brain and Mind book series (SIBM, volume 12)


In this paper, we explore psychosis and schizophrenia as prototype disturbances, where mentalizing failures are widely seen. We attempt to describe how the process of rekindling mentalizing within attachment relationships (here, the patient-therapist relationship) can have a protective effect not just on the onset of the disturbance, but also when psychosis is already actively installed. We start by discussing mentalizing in training, practice and supervision. We also try to understand it contextually, as a relational concept, within the history of psychological therapies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • João G. Pereira
    • 1
  • Martin Debbané
    • 2
  1. 1.Romão de Sousa FoundationUniversity of ÉvoraEstremozPortugal
  2. 2.Faculty of Psychology and Educational SciencesUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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