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8. “For age is opportunity no less than youth itself”

Pearl King Karnac Books ePub

Soon after I qualified as a psychoanalyst in 1950, I, together with a group of colleagues who had trained with me in the British Psychoanalytical Society, approached Hanna Segal with the request that she run a clinical discussion group for us. The group included Harold Bridger, Tommy (A.T.M.) Wilson, and Elliot Jaques, all of whom worked at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, where I had also worked during some of my training. It was during this period that I first got to know and work with Segal.

The atmosphere in these clinical discussion groups was lively and enthusiastic, as one would expect from colleagues who had recently qualified as psychoanalysts and who hoped that their recently acquired skills and ways of understanding mental problems would enáble them to help whoever approached them for treatment, however ill they were—and some of the patients that we discussed were very disturbed. I think that our approach was that if psychoanalysis could not cure them, it could at least improve their condition.

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CHAPTER TWELVE: Two therapists’ personal experiences

Mollon, Phil Karnac Books ePub

1. Mind the gap: an analytic psychotherapist’s experience of conventional therapy and EMDR therapy

The author of this book has asked me to provide a case history of my own experiences of analytic therapy and how this contrasts with EMDR therapy. I will provide an overview of the issues explored in analytic therapy and how interpretation impacted on these presenting problems, along with the difference in approach in EMDR therapy.

My introduction to EMDR therapy was through working with Dr Mollon within an NHS setting. I had sat in on several EMDR sessions and had been astonished at the speed with which EMDR appeared to process and ameliorate profound presenting problems such as obsessive compulsive disorder. At the time of writing I have undertaken the Level 1 and intermediate level EMDR trainings. However, I felt that if I was going to integrate EMDR into my analytic practice, I should experience this psychological therapy myself. There was also an element that having gained considerable self-awareness through conventional therapy the “acid test” would be whether EMDR worked on areas of my inner world that I felt required further processing.

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Chapter Two - Listening to, and Sharing, the Experience of Growth

Jeanne Magagna Karnac Books ePub

Patrizia Pasquini

“The man for whom time is lineare (tempo e lineare) will venture towards the infinite and every time, he will leave behind what he laboriously managed to conquer…man knows that the world's meaning must be created through imagination, which in turn must be based on reality; therefore he will have to make a long journey and many observations, both in his inner world and outside, to be able to enjoy his brief life-span, heir to a wonderful heritage that he feels he has to leave in better condition for those who will come after him”

(Meltzer, 1983)

In this chapter, I would like to describe the work done by the Tempo Lineare project for the child and the family in its two services for children from birth to three years and from three to six. My experience is so special that I would like to share it with you. I found that people working with children in institutions, schools, and social services often feel frustrated and powerless, but also that many of them had a genuine wish to experience new ways of relating to children, parents, and colleagues. I myself have felt frustrated and powerless, but this fact never restrained my wish to discover new possibilities and to “invent” a world for children where love could facilitate health and growth, and where children and parents could grow together in a shared space. This wish, almost an intense need, to develop such a facility became apparent while observing children and parents’ desires, feelings, and behaviour.

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Chapter Seven: Personal and Societal Denial

Karnac Books ePub

Carolyn Spring

I don't know who I am. I cannot be who I think I am, ungrateful recipient of a standard middle-class upbringing. I have dissociative identity disorder. I am a survivor of ritual abuse. I am Carolyn, Switch, Charlie, Leaf, Diddy, Yellow, Brat, and Shine. I am 100 others, maverick cameos in my stop-start life of conscious unconsciousness. I am me. Am I me? How do I know that I am me? How do I know that anything bad ever happened? How do I know that these memories of rape, of torture, of murder are not just phantoms on my eyelids?

How do I know that these feelings of rage and terror and horror and grief are not just chemical imbalances circling through my blood? Deep in my guts is the afterglow of trauma. Deep in my guts is a terror-stricken child. All day, all night—pain, the screech of remembering. I am infested with memories. They are like maggots crawling on the underbelly of my consciousness. They shouldn't be here, they're not mine—I am not the me that remembers. I am the ungrateful recipient of a standard middle-class upbringing. I am in denial.

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Chapter One - Supervision A1

Gisele de Mattos Brito Karnac Books ePub

In the text that follows, T stands for translator; P1 and P2 stand for participants in the audience of the supervision.

T: This patient came to analysis concerned about all the lies he had told to the people with whom he lived in order, to appear as a “normal” person. One of the lies was that he met a girlfriend when he went away on vacation. When he returned from one of these trips, he was with his school friends and they were mostly girls. On the way up in the lift, they asked how things were going with his girlfriend and he became very disturbed. So, he didn't go up the lift, he went up the escalator. Then, when he found the girls waiting for him, he realized that he had made up the story and felt ill with anguish and then he didn't know who he really was, where he came from, or if he was meeting the same people again that he had met down below. This, the patient told to the analyst, in his first interview, while sitting on a chair, and moving about, posing as if he were a clown.

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