The principal aim of this article is to examine the collaboration between anthropology and psychotherapy in the treatment of migrant's psychological diseases. In order to achieve these purposes, the article focuses on the case of a young Filipino man living in Milan, who was affected by a serious fragmentation of the Self. The present analysis considers on the one hand gender heterosexual relationships in Philippines and on the other side, agency and gender conflict in migration contexts. Gender conflicts may engender serious conflicts of psychopatological nature in migrant's couples and their families, and this seems to be happened in the case of the patient's mother. Drawing from the work of George Devereux, this article offers hypothesis and propositions concerning the role of clinical anthropology in migrants' psychotherapy, through a development of the complementarist method. The performed analysis suggests that anthropology and psychoanalisys (but also psychiatry) should take distance from their categories in order to accepts other kinds of explanations. In this way they can expand their action potential by preventing the psychopathological diseases, beyond the clinical setting and in a network perspective.
Keywords: Clinical anthropology, ethnopsychiatry, complementarist ethnopsychoanalysis, migration, gender