Global Journal of Social Sciences Studies

Volume 4, Number 2 (2018) pp 91-101 doi 10.20448/807. | Research Articles


Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy as a Treatment for Depression in Adolescents: A Case Study

Pilios-Dimitris Stavrou 1
1 Department of Psychology, University of Athens, Athens, Greece, 10679 Laboratory of Clinical Psychology, Psychopathology and Psychoanalysis (PCPP), University Paris Descartes – Sorbonne, Paris, France. 21 G. Papandreou Street, 15773, Zografos, Athens


The present article is an in-depth analysis of the use of psychoanalytic psychotherapy as a therapeutic tool for depression in an adolescent suffering from depressive symptoms. Drawing from psychoanalytic theories on object relations, transitional space and object, transference and countertransference, psychoanalytic psychotherapy is employed as a treatment for depression and the therapeutic relationship is examined as the space that allows for an improvement on the adolescent's emotional state and well-being. The effects of therapy are analysed using phenomenology as a theoretical approach and are demonstrated here through the use of thematic analysis, which provides a detailed examination of the adolescent’s symptomatology prior and later the beginning of therapy.


Adolescence Psychoanalytic psychotherapy Phenomenology Case study Thematic analysis.


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