A Question of Technique Independent Psychoanalytic Approaches with Children and Adolescents
A Question of Technique focuses on what actually happens in the therapy room and on the technical decisions and pressures that are faced daily.
Coming from the Independent tradition in British psychoanalysis, the contributors, a range of experienced practitioners and teachers, describe how their technique has quietly changed and developed over the years, and put this process in its theoretical context.
This book will appeal to child and adolescent psychotherapists, analysts and counsellors who wish to explore more Winnicottian approaches to therapeutic work.
Contributors. Barnett, Foreword. A Note on Confidentiality. Lanyado, Horne, Introduction. Horne, The Independent Position in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents: Roots and Implications. Sternberg, Not Simply ‘Doing’: Thoughts From the Literature on Technique. Part I: Parent-Infant Work. Dowling, 'The Capacity to Be Alone': Rediscovering Winnicott and his Relevance to Parent-Infant Psychotherapy. Hamilton, The Concept of Mourning and its Roots in Infancy (1988). Hamilton, Reflections on ‘The Concept of Mourning and its Roots in Infancy (1988)'. Part II: Latency and Adolescence. Gibbs, A Question of Balance: Working with the Looked-after Child and his Network. Lanyado, The Playful Presence of the Therapist: ‘Antidoting’ Defences in the Therapy of a Late Adopted Adolescent Patient. Horne, Brief Communications from the Edge: Psychotherapy with Challenging Adolescents. Hopkins, Narcissistic Illusions in Late Adolescence: Defensive Kleinian Retreats or Winnicottian Opportunities? Bailey, There is No Such Thing as an Adolescent. Part III: Taking the Broader View. Lanyado, Doing 'Something Else': The Value of Therapeutic Communication When Offering Consultations and Brief Psychotherapy. Horne, Interesting Things to Say - and Why. Lanyado, Horne, Conclusion: Where Independent Minds Meet.
"This book will be of most interest to analysts. The authors provide their somewhat beleaguered profession with some refreshing new techniques and ideas. If it gives practitioners permission to think outside the box so that they can respond more creatively and pragmatically to their clients, it will have been well worth buying." - Julia Tugendhat, YoungMinds Magazine
"This book should be of interest to anyone concerned about psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children, both for the variety of work represented and the thinking explained within it... This perspective of technique is, however, one that needs to be documented further with books like this." - Glyn Jackson, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 13, 2008