Planning Travels

Mapping the psychoanalytic theory

Where it all started...

The MATRIX has shown to be able to discern between different therapeutic theoretical models: drive-conflict theories (e.g., Fruedian psychoanalysis), developmental-arrest theories (e.g., Winnicottian psychoanalysis and Kohutian self-psychology), or relational theories (e.g., Mitchell, Bromberg). Thus, it also allows us to capture the entire psychoanalytic framework using a single multi-dimensional tool.  From a clinical perspective, therapist could use the MATRIX in order to map their theoretical attitude and further elaborate it, based only on a single session. 


The 1K project

Modeling psychotherapy outcome

In our recent and most ambitious project, we are coding 1000 therapeutic hours using The MATRIX system. Upon this massive database, we propose to construct a series of machine-learning algorithms that translate central therapeutic elements into putative MATRIX sequences and test these to model treatment outcome. With the collaboration of Prof. Reut Tsarfaty, we combine cutting-edge ML methodology in order to uncover the underlying mechanisms of effective psychotherapy. 


MATRIX-enhanced psychotherapy in combat-PTSD

MATRIX-based psychotherapy training

The MATRIX is not just a research tool; it is also provides therapists and supervisors an easy-to-use tool for monitoring, and better managing, processes in psychotherapy. Thus, the current RCT is aimed at exploring the possibility of augmenting treatment outcome using The MATRIX coding system in the psychotherapy supervision. Our sample includes patients diagnosed with Chronic combat PTSD, which is one of the most complex and treatment-resistant mental disorders exist. This unique project is a collaboration with the mental health department in the IDF Medical Corps.

The NLP project

Developing automated MATRIX coding

We are currently working on an automated MATRIX coding system. Lead by Prof. Reut Tsarfaty and Dan Zugman, this project contributes to the emerging interest in implementing natural language processing (NLP) technologies into psychotherapy research, allowing experts to model the linguistic and semantic raw data of therapeutic interactions. Collaborating with computer science could possibly lead to the development of the computerized version of the MATRIX system, offering therapists a direct observation of ongoing psychotherapy processes.