Marguerite Sechehaye (1887-1064) was a Swiss psychologist and psychoanalyst who developed a method called Symbolic Realization for the treatment of Schizophrenia.
This psychoanalyst became popular with the publication of his book “Autobiography of a Schizophrenic girl“, published in 1950. It is about the case of a teenage girl, Renée, who suffered from Schizophrenia. This book was made ??into a film by italian director Nelo Risi.
Marguerite Sechehaye, whose maiden name was Marguerite Burdet, studied Literature with the great linguist Ferdinand de Saussure. Later she studied Psychology with Claparède.
Sechehaye became interested in Psycoanalysis and began her Didactic Analysis with the psychoanalist Raymond de Saussure.
She had frequent contacts with other famous contemporary psychoanalysts as Anna Freud, Donald D. Winicott, René Spitz, etc.
Another interesting publication by Sechehaye Marguerite is “A New Psychotherapy in Schizophrenia. Relief of frustrations by Symbolic Realization”.
(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)