This article details a group psychotherapy experience within the Psychiatric Department of the Pavia University led by a psychoanalyst with the participation of two cultural mediators and in the presence of two active observers. The subjects taking part are immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa. As well as describing and unraveling the content of the group meetings, this work deals with themes concerning cultural mediation and the participants’ expe-riences during the wait for confirmation of their immigration status. This paper also explores cultural misunderstandings and the therapeutic effi-cacy of these group meetings conducted using a method based on a psychoanalyti-cal approach. In conclusion, the optimal results are achieved where and when a successful reception system is in place allowing the reconnection to a new sense of belonging and a transformed sense of self.
Keywords: group psychotherapy, migrants, identity, welcome, cultural mediation, cultural misunderstanding