A Question of Technique: Independent Psychoanalytic Approaches with Children and Adolescents

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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.

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Overview

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.

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Monica Lanyado is a training supervisor at the British Association of Psychotherapists. She is former co-editor of the Journal of Child Psychotherapy and co-editor of the Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Ann Horne works at the Portman Clinic, London and is co-editor of the Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
The context 1
Maria Pozzi interviews 9
2 The independent position in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children and adolescents : roots and implications 18
3 Not simply 'doing' : thoughts from the literature on technique 34
Pt. I Parent-infant work 61
4 'The capacity to be alone' : rediscovering Winnicott and his relevance to parent-infant psychotherapy 63
5 The concept of mourning and its roots in infancy (1988) 81
6 Reflections on 'the concept of mourning and its roots in infancy (1988)' 102
Pt. II Latency and adolescence 113
7 A question of balance : working with the looked-after child and his network 115
8 The playful presence of the therapist : 'antidoting' defences in the therapy of a late adopted adolescent patient 130
9 Brief communications from the edge : psychotherapy with challenging adolescents 149
10 Narcissistic illusions in late adolescence : defensive Kleinian retreats or Winnicottian opportunities? 166
11 There is no such thing as an adolescent 180
Pt. III Taking the broader view 201
12 Doing 'something else' : the value of therapeutic communication when offering consultations and brief psychotherapy 203
13 Interesting things to say - and why 224
14 Conclusion : where independent minds meet 239
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