“In insecure relationships, we disguise our vulnerabilities so our partner never really sees us.”
Sue Johnson (2008)
“Object relations theory begins with the individual’s need for relationships. From the beginning, what motivates the infant is its need for a relationship with its mother, and it is within the matrix of the attachment to her that the baby grows.”
Scharff M.D., David E.; Jill Savege Scharff (1991)
I apply the theory of Object Relations to understand the intrapsychic structure of my clients. It is the early templates with the caregiver that get played out in adulthood relationships. In couples therapy, I meet with the individual partners as part of the assessment process to learn about their individual intrapsychic templates. This is done within the construct of talk therapy sessions.