The use of observation in parent-infant psychotherapy when parents suffer from psychiatric disorders

Journal title INTERAZIONI
Author/s Pozzi Monzo Maria
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/2
Language Italian Pages 16 P. 69-84 File size 281 KB
DOI 10.3280/INT2011-002007
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This paper explores the demanding work with parents with mental illnesses and their baby. The family was referred to a C.A.M.H.S. by the health visitor, concerned about issues of bonding. A limited piece of work was contracted with the family, who was already receiving much help from several agencies. The therapist’s task was to share the observations and understanding of the 4-month-old girl’s mind and her enfolding relationship with her parents in the here-and-now of sessions. The parental disturbances inevitably were played out and were addressed in an alternating dialogue with both parents and infant. The splits, projections and countertransference aspects of working with these parents are high- lightened.

Keywords: Mother-infant psychoanalysis, non-verbal communication, audible and visible aspects of containment

Pozzi Monzo Maria, L’uso dell’osservazione nella psicoterapia genitori-bambini piccoli, quando i genitori hanno disturbi psichiatrici in "INTERAZIONI" 2/2011, pp 69-84, DOI: 10.3280/INT2011-002007