This is an introduction to Jacques Lacan's approach to therapy, from the point of view of a practitioner faced with the question of diagnosis. How it is done and how it differs from other forms of therapy is examined, and many of his theoretical notions are explored. At each point of the treatment the analyst's aims and interventions are explained, and four case studies are used to illustrate Lacan's structural approach to diagnosis. These cases take up both theoretical and clinical issues in Lacan's views of psychosis, perversion, and neurosis, and highlight the very different approaches to treatment that different situations demand.
Bruce Fink is a practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst, analytic supervisor, and Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He trained as a psychoanalyst in France for seven years with and is now a member of the psychoanalytic institute Lacan created shortly before his death, the École de la Cause Freudienne in Paris, and is also an affiliated member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
He is the author of four books on Lacan, a translator of Lacan's work into English (including Seminar XX: Encore, and Écrits: The First Complete Edition in English), and has written a novel whose main character is loosely based on Lacan: The Psychoanalytic Adventures of Inspector Canal (London: Karnac, 2010).