1st Edition

Case Studies in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis Treating Trauma, Anxiety and Aggression

Edited By Christel Airas Copyright 2024
    164 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    164 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Case Studies in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis presents a wide range of full case presentations of children and adolescents undergoing psychoanalytic treatment, covering key issues such as trauma, aggression, depression and sexual development. 

    The fascinating and touching cases throw the door open to the consulting room in a unique and unhindered fashion. The reader is afforded a fly-on-the-wall view of the intensive games, craft activities and conversations that take place between analyst and patient, and is able to witness how joy, anger, anxiety and sorrow can be expressed in a safe environment. The case studies paint a vivid picture of how the children and their analysts are able to approach, investigate and give form to the strongest and most painful of emotions. Each contributing analyst shows how the child they are treating gradually gains understanding of who they really are, or who they are becoming. The reader will gain valuable knowledge and insight through these observations and be given vital tools to take into their own practice.


    Including a foreword from Antonino Ferro, This book is a dynamic and much-needed resource for all analysts in practice and training working with child and adolescent patients, as well as policy makers looking at the mental wellbeing of young people and those interested in the curative factors of psychoanalytic treatment.

    Foreword to the English edition

    Antonino Ferro


    Christel Airas

    1. Introduction

    Inkeri Suominen

    2. On the transference and the relationship with a new developmental object in child psychoanalysis: the curative factors in child psychoanalytic treatment

    Elisabeth Haapatalo

    3. Treating early trauma – Aino’s psychoanalysis

    Maarit Veikkolainen

    4. Amanda – alone at world’s end

     Inkeri Suominen

    5. The case of Tiina: the struggle to relinquish the need to control mother

    Mervi-Marja Mero

    6. From rumination to thinking: the psychoanalysis of an 8-13-year-old boy

     Leena Linna-Koskela

    7. The case of Liisa: the enigma of a preadolescent girl’s hysterical symptoms

     Merja Kaleva

    8: Uncovering the sources of phobic fears: the psychoanalysis of a seven-year-old girl

    Christel Airas




    Christel Airas is a child and adolescent psychoanalyst in private practice in Helsinki, Finland. She is a training and supervising analyst in the Finnish Psychoanalytical Society.

    “The book is reader-friendly and well and carefully put together. An excellent addition to the literature in the field.”

    Johannes Lehtonen, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Eastern Finland, psychoanalyst and clinical neurophysiologist


    “The book constitutes a valuable whole; it reflects genuine psychoanalytic work and represents the hope of an individual’s psychic survival in a convincing way. Precious reading not only for clinicians but all interested in the child within in each of us.

    Simo Salonen, MD, PhD, training and supervising analyst of the Finnish Psychoanalytical Society and Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Turku, Finland.