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Mental Health

Following many years of collaborating with systemic therapists Ellen Reijmers and Thomas Fondelli from the Interactie Academie in Antwerp, I have developed professional interest in the topic of mental health and enactive approaches to psychiatry.


In 2023 I have been teaching a course on the Philosophy of Mental Health at the University of Antwerp.

From 2022, I have been a member of a German project "The role of ambivalence for suicidal agency" (see Projects).

Rucińska, Z. & Fondelli, T. (2022). Enacting Metaphors in Systemic Collaborative Therapy. Frontiers in Psychology: Psychology for Clinical Settings. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.867235

Rucińska, Z. (2022). Imaginary friend play in light of enactivism. Theory & Psychology 32(2), 202–220.

Fondelli, T. & Rucińska, Z. (2021). Aan de slag met metaforen. Systeemtheoretisch Bulletin 1, JG 39, pp. 53-74.

Rucińska, Z., Fondelli, T. & Gallagher, S. (2021). Embodied Imagination and Metaphor Use in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Healthcare, 9, 200. healthcare9020200

Rucińska, Z. (2021) Enactive Approach to Metaphoric Engagements of Children with ASD. Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior, 9: 419.

Rucińska, Z. (2015). The Many Levels of Intersubjectivity: Comment on Fuchs’ ‘Pathologies of Intersubjectivity in Autism and Schizophrenia’. Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vol. 22 (1-2), 215-219.  ISSN: 13558250


Rucińska, Z. and Reijmers, E. (2015). Enactive Account of Pretend Play and its Application to Therapy. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 175. Published online on 2 Mar 2015. 

Rucińska, Z. and Reijmers, E. (2014). Between Philosophy and Therapy: Understanding Systemic Play Therapy through Embodied and Enactive Cognition (EEC). InterAction: the Journal of Solution Focus in Organisations, 6(1), 37-52.

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