In a series of papers, the author addresses the needs of students, patients, and practitioners of psychodynamic therapies. The work of these professionals with children and with adults is discussed from a pragmatic point of view, stressing the importance of recognizing the needs and capacities of each individual patient. At the same time, the author focuses on the professional's role in the clinical interaction, emphasizing the need to identify and respect what leads him to the consulting room, and what he expects to obtain from this strenous and demanding type of work.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Introductory Note to Chapter One Dogma vs. doubt -- Infant observation -- Introductory Note to Chapter Two The role of intuition -- Winnicott's therapeutic consultations revisited -- Introductory Note to Chapter Three and Four Who should ask? -- Increase or not increase? -- Touching and affective closeness -- Introductory Note to Chapters Five and Six Flexibility -- Child analysis: when? -- Tailor-made therapy for the child: new developments in Winnicottian work with young people -- Introductory Note to Chapters Seven and Eight Feet on the ground -- Letter to a young psychotherapy trainee -- Memorizing vs. understanding -- Introductory Note to Chapters Nine and Ten Helping? Yes, but how? -- Holding, containing, interpretations: a question of timing? -- The setting: what makes therapy work? -- Introductory Note to Chapter Eleven Adolescents -- Working with adolescents: a pragmatic view*