The Silence of Solitude and the Melody of Separation: A Psychoanalytic Approach

When: 13 lectures taking place twice a month on Mondays from November 19, 2018 – May 13, 2019 at 20:00 – 22:00.

Where: Byzantine & Christian Museum (22 Vas. Sofias Avenue, 106 75 Athens)

Language of Instruction: Greek

Audience: By registration only


The Institute of Mental Health for Children and Adults (In.Psy. – ΙΨΥΠΕ) and The School of Graduate and Professional Education at Deree – The American College of Greece, are co-organizing a series of psychodynamic seminars for the fourth consecutive year, with the support of the Society for Social Psychiatry and Mental Health.

Lecture Units 

  1. Theoretical considerations
  2. Psychopathological manifestations
  3. Separation in the service of psychic functioning
  4. Solitude and separation in psychotherapy

Lecture Titles

Theoretical considerations

19.11.2018/ Attachment and separation as fundamental principles of psyche and life. (Soumaki E.)

3.12.2018/ The quality of the presence/absence of the object for the mental life of the subject. (Petrou M.)

Psychopathological manifestations

17.12.2018/ The psychotic experience: withdrawal, fragmentation “delusional connection”. (Papakonstantinou K.)

7.1.2019/ Autism: an uncommon loneliness. (Matsouka Μ.)

21.1.2019/ Femininity in the complex of “dead mother”. (Savvopoulos S.)

4.2.2019/ The sense of emptiness in the borderline patient: non-existence or aggression? (Zervis C.)

18.2.2019/ The negation of otherness of the object in narcissism. (Vartzopoulos I.)

4.3.2019/ Solitude between mourning and boredom. (Alexandridis A.)

Separation in the service of psychic functioning

18.3.2019/ Failure of connection in a world full of objects. The partial semi-connections of internet and virtual reality. (Anastasopoulos D.)

1.4.2019/ Don Juan feels lonely? SAfete and solitude in the multiplicity of relations. The capacity to be alone/situation (Winnicott) versus loneliness/feeling. (Panagiotopoulou Ι.)

Solitude and separation in psychotherapy

15.4.2019/ Psychotherapist’s loneliness: Issues of countertransference. (Takis N.)

6.5.2019/ Solitary games. (Vaslamatzis G.)

13.5.2019/ Aspects of loneliness’s pardox: life and art (Galanaki E.)

For the detailed program in Greek please click here.


‘The harbor from which I embarked is that of my solitude’

Henry James

Psychoanalysis did not dwell much upon the unpleasant feeling of loneliness. It is a common sentiment which transpires throughout the spectrum of healthy behavior and psychopathology. At times is may appear as a complaint, whilst at others a symptom, that might either express, condense or cover more subtle psychic phenomena: a) emotions like sadness, sorrow, rage, despair b) quest of the lost love or ideal object and c) defense against mental breakdown, fragmentation and destructiveness.

On the other hand, separation and its accompanying anxiety constitute central issues in psychoanalytic theory and practice. The first separation according to Freud is birth itself, whilst the quality of relationship between mother and child, their bond and their separation are responsible for the psychic organization of the ego, the psychosexual development and the thereafter relationships which the person builds relative to the object and moreover the world at large. From the symbiotic relationship, in which neither the representation of the object or its loss is tolerable, the subject makes a transition to the relation with parts of the object and finally to the ability to mourn and be in a depressive state.

Life being full of frustrations, with small or great losses and separations, the individual is called to deal with them according to his psychic ability. Thus, separation manages to be regarded as a success or an achievement relative to loss or the fear of death.

Loneliness, is icy and silent, separation is agonizing yet melodic. It encompasses pain but also elements of experience and synthesis, whilst it allows for a hint of positivity. Alike a requiem, a flamenco or a hip hop tune.

It is these facets of loneliness, separation and its shadow of death that we shall attempt to illuminate in these seminars, as Freud wrote referring to a children’s account who was afraid of the dark: “however, when there is someone in the room with me, talking to me, the room lights up…”.

Who is this for?

The seminar is addressed to mental health professionals – psychiatrists, child-psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, speech therapists, art therapists, occupational therapists, mental health nurses and more – who are seeking an informed and grounded experience, along with training on the seminar’s topic.

Learning Outcomes

Upon seminar completion participants will have deepened their knowledge and understanding on the complex role of loneliness, on the psychosexual development and the therapeutic relationship. Furthermore, they will have enriched their clinical armamentarium and broadened the rates of their psychotherapeutic interventions and will be able to assist the patients to make a meaning out of their solitude and come up with ways of handling it.

Why should one attend the Seminar?

This Seminar offers both an introduction and further insight on concepts related to solitude and its significance for the clinical practice. It covers a considerable part of mental disorders, while the use of clinical material presentation offers opportunities for deepened understanding.


The lecturers of the Seminar are highly experienced psychoanalysts, well acknowledged and highly respected both by the scientific community and in their practice. They represent a wide range of clinical settings in academic, private and public institutions.

Lecturers’ Names (in alphabetical order)

Alexandridis Athanassios, Anastasopoulos Demetrios, Vartzopoulos Ioannis, Vaslamatzis Grigoris, Galanaki Evangelia, Zervis Christos, Matsouka Mata, Panagiotopoulou Ioanna, Papakonstantimou Konstantinos, Petrou Michalis, Savvopoulos Savvas, Soumaki Eugenia, Takis Nikolaos.

Scientific Committee of the Seminar

Demetrios Anastasopoulos (INPSY), Constantinos Papaconstantinou (INPSY), Nikolaos Takis (Deree), Alexandros Lountzis (INPSY)

Seminar Fees

Regular single participant fee: €250

Discounted fee of €180 for:

  • Deree students/alumni
  • INPSY personnel
  • Past participants of INPSY – Deree seminars


To reserve your place, please fill out the registration form by Monday, November 12, 2018.
For more information, please call Ms. Voula Kyriakopoulou at 210 600 9800 ext. 1332 or email [email protected].

NOTE: The process of participant selection will be based on clinical and psychotherapeutic experience, among other criteria. The number of participants is limited and therefore priority, based on date of application, will also be considered.