The mission of the Pierre Marty Institute of Psychosomatics is to develop and transmit theoretical knowledge and therapeutic practices with constant reference to the psychoanalytic method and the theoretical corpus inaugurated by Pierre Marty and continued by the theorists of the Paris School of Psychosomatics
The psychosomatics to which we refer is that of the Psychosomatic School of Paris, a current of psychoanalytic thought that developed from the fifties around P. Marty, M. Fain, M. de M'Uzan and C. David.
This current, in extension of Freudian psychoanalysis, led to a new approach to organic disease. The first work of the School of Paris focused on the insufficiency of neurotic defences in patients in whom somatic diseases occur.
Subsequently, the experience acquired in the treatments of somatic patients allowed theoretical advances concerning the processes of somatization, in link with the quality of "mentalization".
In our view, psychotherapies of somatic patients must be carried out by psychoanalysts who have also received extensive training in the field of psychosomatics.
IPSO Consultation Center
The Paris Institute of Psychosomatics (IPSO-Paris) or Psychosomatic School of Paris, was founded in 1972 by Pierre MARTY and Michel FAIN. The Hospital of Poterne des Peupliers, was inaugurated in 1978. It consisted of two units, one dedicated to adults, directed by Pierre MARTY and the other to infants, children and adolescents, directed by Léon KREISLER. This original structure, entirely devoted to the prevention and treatment of patients with somatic diseases, became the psychosomatic consultation department of the Mental Health Association of the 13th arrondissement of Paris in 2004.
Psychosomatic Education Center
The aim of the Psychosomatic Education Center is to transmit the fundamental concepts of the Psychosomatic School of Paris, to study the semiological specificities of the mental functioning of patients suffering from somatic diseases on the basis of clinical cases, and to enable health professionals (psychologists, doctors) to introduce a psychosomatic dimension into their practice. It is closely linked to the adult and children Consultation Center whose clinical activity is inseparable from teaching, theoretical reflection and scientific research.