When I was studying psychology at Laval University, in the beautiful city of Quebec, Canada, one of my great pleasure was to go to the main library and randomly read from compendiums of articles on psychoanalysis. I remember the quiet excitement of having access to so much knowledge at the tip of my fingers. I feel surrounded by a warm community of thinkers that were, like me, striving to understand the human heart.
This is why graduation came with a sense of loss. Working as a psychologist in private practice in a different city, I would no longer have free access to my intellectual kindred spirits. I quickly understood that yearly subscriptions to scientific papers were just too expensive for a beginning psychologist. I also noticed that the articles I was interested in were published in different journals and that it would be impossible to gain access to all of them. Even if I bought different book editions of the works of Freud, Melanie Klein, or Bowlby, I felt alone in a relationship with ghosts. I needed access to new research, contemporary scholars. That was one of the joys I experienced when I started reading books and articles by Kernberg , Clarkin, Yeomans, Caligor, Diamond and others.
Mathieu Norton-Poulin, M.Ps.
Mathieu Norton-Poulin is a psychologist in private practice in Gatineau, Québec. He graduated from Laval University in 1995 and started his training in transference focused psychotherapy in 2005. Member of the TFP-Québec group he as been practicing has a certified TFP therapist for the last 9 years. Since 2009 he organized several training events and has given lectures on TFP for medical doctors and college students. He maintains a blog where he write, in plain words, articles to explain TFP to the general public.