1st Edition

Stories from Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy
A Curious Space

ISBN 9781138912878
Published October 7, 2016 by Routledge
134 Pages

USD $34.95

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Book Description

In Stories from Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy author Henry Kronengold explores the unpredictable world of child and adolescent psychotherapy through a series of engaging and innovative clinical vignettes. The ups, downs, and dilemmas of therapeutic work are considered in each realistic narrative as readers are offered a unique view of what happens between the therapist and child, as well as the therapist’s own process during the therapy. This captivating new resource is intended to spark a conversation within the reader, regardless of professional experience, regarding which therapeutic factors are ultimately most helpful to children and adolescents.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  A Note on Confidentiality  1. Introduction: A Curious Space  2. Hey Toy Man  3. The Adventures of Captain Pineapple  4. Picturing a Frame  5. Real Madrid 18 - 18 Tottenham Hotspur  6. The Princess and Dal Bhat Tarkari  7. Upside Down  References  Index

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Henry Kronengold, Ph.D., maintains a private practice in New York City. He is a clinical supervisor at the Clinical Psychology Program at the City University of New York and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education at the Teachers College at Columbia University.


Stories from Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy is a must have read for all psychotherapists. Kronengold uses his stories to propose an exciting new way of working psychotherapeutically. His stories gently, but powerfully portray psychotherapy in its most creative form.”—Peter Blake, Child Psychotherapist; Founder and current chair of the Institute of Child and Adolescent, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Sydney, Australia

“Kronengold invites us to stop and wonder, to pause and reflect, and to ponder upon the complex weave of the therapeutic process. This is a book about questions, not answers – just as it should be – and in this sense is an invaluable resource not just for child therapists but all those interested in the creative and playful  process of child psychotherapy.” —David Le Vay: Play Therapist/Dramatherapist. Senior Lecturer  MA Play Therapy (University of Roehampton, London) and Clinical Partner with The Bridge Therapy Centre.
“This welcome and much needed book is unusual in that it presents stories from inside the therapy room in a prose that is limpid and moving yet in a clinically sophisticated style. As a reader you really get the feeling of how the therapeutic space is co-created by two subjects.”—Gunnar Carlberg, PhD, Professor, former Director of the Erica Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden.

“With a fresh voice unencumbered with theoretical jargon, Kronengold privileges curiosity through a descriptive unfolding of six detailed cases that transport us into the animated worlds of his patients. This book will become a primer for clinicians of all stripes.”—Christopher Bonovitz PsyD, Supervising & Training Analyst, William Alanson White Institute, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis.

“Henry Kronengold is one of the most creative and interesting writers in the field of child psychotherapy. He uniquely appreciates the rich therapy process and describes it so beautifully.”—David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Director, Children's Home of Poughkeepsie

“Henry Kronengold is a humorous, gifted psychotherapist and he provides us with a great gift in his invitation to view his personal work through our own lens.”— Eileen Prendiville, psychotherapist, play therapist; Course Director for the MA in Creative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy at Ireland’s Children’s Therapy Centre.

"It is fruitful reading for anyone...The book is inspirational in the truest meaning of the word. It inspires me to continue to believe that therapy is an art" - Eleanor Patrick, MBACP (Accred), reviewing for BACP Children & Young People

"The book reads like a thoughtful conversation that valued colleagues would have with each other, spoken in a direct and honest manner, respectful of the children seen and the work done in session, with references to theory, research, and best practices." -John W. Seymour, PhD, reviewing for The Society for the Advancment of Psychotherapy

"'What are we doing?' A simple enough question, except when asked by a child within a therapy session as he wondered how tossing a ball between himself and the therapist might help him. Henry Kronengold, an experienced child and adolescent psychotherapist, sets out to explore this question as he allows himself to be curious, to wonder and reflect upon the therapeutic space that he co-creates with each of his clients. In an extremely readable and engaging book, he introduces us to a collection of therapeutic narratives. We meet six very different young people and witness the honest, unpredictable, creative and playful process between the child and therapist. Kronengold details his own process during the therapy in an undefended manner and from the outset encourages his readers to pause and consider their own therapeutic encounters with their child clients. Writing for all therapists working with children and adolescents, he challenges us to ask our own questions and to search for answers."- Helen Gedge for Brazilian Journal of Play Therapy

"This book is a feast of recognition! I read it with great pleasure.....it comes straight from the practice and that is the charm of it. Kronengold tells with a lot of passion, humor and fun. You can feel how much he himself enjoys the encounters and how much he can wrestle with his own attitude and position. He is open in this book and also tells about mistakes and doubts. The themes are recognizable for every child and youth psychotherapist. In my opinion, this book is also very suitable for training purposes in addition to and in addition to the more theoretical literature."-Jacqueline van der Linden for Tijdschrift Persoonsgerichte Experiëntiële Psychotherapie

 "This is a modest book, in the best sense of the word—self-questioning and self-reflective. It is not a book of theory. It is a book about the therapeutic relationship, deeply imbued with the clinical values of empathy, acceptance, playfulness, and humor. Kronengold lets us in, far more openly than in most clinical writing, on his questions and clinical decision making. He writes about the moment-to-moment choices child therapists must make in their interactions with children, and he openly acknowledges the uncertainty of these choices. In each case, Kronengold asks the questions we should always ask in our work with children and adolescents. How can I best engage this child? How can I create a relationship that works for her? How can I encourage her self-expression and find a way to make use of this engagement to foster her emotional maturity?"-Kenneth Barish for Psychoanalytic Psychology

"Kronengold’s detailed description of the therapeutic process is an invaluable resource, particularly for clinicians who are new to child and adolescent treatment. One can read this book quite quickly, given its short length and readability. The message can leave a lengthy inner template for tolerance and respect of the unknown of a child’s inner world. It allows us to not only respect but to seek the unknown meaning of getting "lost" with a child. As we engage in the interaction and play, we must ‘get lost’ to help the child ‘be found.’" Susan L. Rose for Psychodynamic Psychiatry Review