Saturday 3rd September 2022
14:00 - 16:00 IST
Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street


The idea behind this venture is to provide a convivial meeting space for newcomers and veterans to explore emerging ideas and topics relevant to the clinic; to build on the existing Freudian Lacanian community and to reinvigorate this community post-covid.

We aim to provide a relaxed setting with a small number in attendance to allow for debate and dialogue.

We are delighted that Helena Texier has accepted our invitation as our first speaker.


“A few words from Helena about this event”

I hope you’ll be able to join us for this first APPI Café Lacan, a chance to meet in person to informally discuss issues relating to psychoanalysis in the 21st century, and how we are affected as practitioners in a changing world.

I have been invited to get the ball rolling and propose that we together discuss whether psychoanalysis ought to provide evidence of efficacy. If so, how? Ought we be interested in research findings relating to mental events? If not, why not? Could we consider a material reality to be the necessary f(r)iction, checking the march of our theoretical constructs?

By way of setting the gears in motion a copy of a very recent publication from the International Forum of Psychoanalysis, (Stefana, et al 2022) will be explored:

Where is Psychoanalysis today? Sixty-two psychoanalysts share their subjective perspectives on the state of the art of psychoanalysis: A qualitative thematic analysis

It might serve us well as a point of departure for future discussions. Many thanks to Alberto Stefana, the lead author on this research paper, for kindly giving permission to share it with the APPI community.

A copy of the paper will be sent to those who book.


Helena Texier is a psychoanalytic practitioner working in Dublin, and currently conducting pragmatic action research on psychoanalytic practitioners’ perspectives on science and research.


This is a clinical event in which clinical material may be discussed. Attendees asking questions and offering comments during the event must respect the confidentiality of clients by avoiding all identifying details. We expect all attendees to privilege any clinical material shared during the event, and to forebear from sharing it outside the event.


Two CPD points are awarded for this event.


The talk will not be recorded. No recording is permitted.

This is an in-person event, places are limited

Light refreshments will be provided after the meeting