About Riccardo Lombard, MD
This year's Visiting Professor is Riccardo Lombardi, MD, a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Italian Psychoanalytic Society in Rome, Italy.
Dr. Lombardi, the 2016 SFCP Visiting Professor, is a distinctive contributor to psychoanalytic thinking concerning the body-mind relationship and primitive mental states through his work with severely disturbed patients. Drawing on Bion’s theory of the relationship between container/contained and catastrophic change, and Matte Blanco’s theory of the unrepressed unconscious, the infinite, and the abyss of no differentiation, Dr Lombardi’s approach provides an analytic reflective environment that initiates mental growth out of undifferentiated emotions. He writes about the mental and physical demands of clinical work in this area, and the importance of flexibility in working with psychotic patients. He has authored many papers, and two books, Formless Infinity: Clinical Explorations of Matte Blanco and Bion (2015) and Body-Mind Dissociation in Psychoanalysis: Development after Bion (2016.) Dr. Lombardi has an analytic practice in Rome, and is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Italian Psychoanalytic Society.