The Presence of the Therapist: Treating Childhood Trauma

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Psychology Press, 2004 - 143 pages
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The Presence of the Therapist uses clinical studies based on the author's publications over the past 18 years to illustrate work with severely distressed children. The reader is encouraged to enter a dialogue with the author to explore the many dilemmas and difficulties of working with a person who has become highly defensive or fearful as a result of what has happened to them.

This book is a highly stimulating account of psychotherapeutic practice. It facilitates careful and broad thought about the therapeutic process and relationship that will improve clinical practice. The practical advice on how to survive in this demanding work will be of great benefit to all psychotherapists.

 

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Contents

The presence of the therapist and the process of therapeutic change
3
Beyond words the quiet presence of the therapist
15
Variations on the theme of transference and counter transference
39
Struggling with perversion and chaos in the therapeutic process the need for the patient to know the therapist
57
Transition and change
73
Transition and change
75
Psychotherapy with children in transition from fostering to adoption a question of technique
85
The story of Lots wife the importance of the therapists personal signature at times of critical change
103
Holding and letting go some thoughts about ending therapy
117
References
131
Index
139
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About the author (2004)

Monica Lanyado is a psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapist. She is co-editor, with Ann Horne, of The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic Approaches.

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