Modern Neuropsychoanalysis as an Integrative Scientific and Therapeutic Practice



We present the analysis of the main provisions of neuropsychoanalysis — a theory integrating psychoanalysis and neurosciences. The main prerequisites for the emergence of neuropsychoanalysis are described. Being developed along the principles of integration and convergence of sciences, neuropsychoanalysis faces complex theoretical and practical challenges, such as explaining the results of neuroscientific studies, building models of brain and psyche relationship and interpreting therapeutic process from the point of view of neural interactions. Neuropsychoanalysis as an integrative psychotherapeutic paradigm has been proven clinically usable; it helps form a new neurobiological perspective of psychotherapeutic relations. We emphasize the phenomenon of interpretation, which is essential both for understanding the functioning of the brain, building the models of the self and the world on the basis of interpreting the incoming flow of signals, and for effective therapeutic practice, where the client reinterprets and integrates traumatic narratives by incorporating repressed content of the unconscious contents.

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Keywords: neuropsychoanalysis, psychoanalysis, neuroscience, interpretation, social brain, psychotherapeutic relations

Journal rubric: Research Reviews

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Eidemiller E.G., Tarabanov A.E. Modern Neuropsychoanalysis as an Integrative Scientific and Therapeutic Practice. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2019. Vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 64–78. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2019270105. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Emond G. Eidemiller, Doctor of Medicine, doctor of medicine, professor, Head of the Department of child psychiatry, psychotherapy and medical psychology, Pediatric faculty, Department of child psychiatry, psychotherapy and medical psychology, North-Western State Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov, St.Petersburg, Russia, e-mail:

Arseny E. Tarabanov, PhD in Philosophy, Associate Professor, Director, Institute of Neurocommunications and Psychotherapy, Vilnius, Luthuania, e-mail:



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