Prof. Denis Mellier

Denis Mellier, Ph.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology at the University of Franche-Comté, in France. He is a psychologist, psychotherapist, An E. Bick trainer for infant observation. He practices psychoanalysis in institutions and in private practices at Lyon. He is a member of the Société Française de Psychothérapie Psychanalytique de Groupe (SFPPG), of the World Association for Infant Mental Health Francophone-French Group (WAIMH-francophone). He serves on the editorial board of Frontiers in Psychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysis, Devenir, Dialogue, and the Revue de psychothérapie psychanalytique de groupe. He is the author of numerous articles and  books in French, mainly “The unconscious in the nusery”(“L’Inconscient à la Crèche”, Eres publisher), “Babies and helplessness. A theory on the containing function” (“Les bébés en détresse. Une théorie de la fonction contenante”, PUF publisher), he is co-editing “The relational life of the baby” (“La vie psychique du bébé”, Dunod pubisher). My research focuses on understanding the primitive relationships and anxieties in infants, according to the works of W.R. Bion and the paradigm of intersubjectivity. I explore the emergence of representations and the construction of the “Skin-Ego”, of the psychic apparatus before the establishment of language: how non-verbal communication is a step to verbal communication. Might pain and suffering have a common origin?

Website: {lab} Prof. Denis Mellier

Website: Prof. Denis Mellier

Book Project: Does individual Pain or Suffering exist?

{Co-writing with Dr. Otniel Dror }

Workshop 2009: Link to the video