We view life through the lens of relationship, in how we all began in relationship to a mother, in the womb. From birth onward there is development through relationship, and in the absence of relationship, and this begins the formation of our inner world. We come to see that as we grow, there is complexity in how we develop through relationship, and it is in this complex experience of presence/absence, pain/relief, taking-in/getting-out that many of the emotional, physical, and mental qualities and problems develop over time.
Often, many of the modern therapeutic modalities do not address the complexities in the development of the internal world of our patients. And so while there at times may be short-term progress, many of these patients return again and again to treatment, or at worse give up, losing hope of ever finding help.
The purpose of Center for Object Relations is to help therapists, and anyone else who is interested, to begin to get to know the intricacies of human development through the frame of British Object Relations. British Object Relations is a lens that is in the formational core of many current therapeutic modalities, and offers a “compass as a way to navigate” (language from Franco Scabbiolo) the internal world of ourselves and our patients.