Race, identity and the transference / countertransference: A mixed-race patient and a mixed-race therapist - a single case study

Millar Jr, Tennyson E (2015) Race, identity and the transference / countertransference: A mixed-race patient and a mixed-race therapist - a single case study. Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Full text available

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This thesis is a single case-study of a child and adolescent psychotherapist working with a fourteen year old female adolescent patient of similar mixed ethnic background. The thesis presents the completed two year therapeutic work which included periods of intensive therapy (3-4 times-a-week work) following less intensive work. The patient’s early life was marked by witnessing parental domestic violence and parents who divorced. She subsequently struggled with maintaining relationships and presented race and gender identity ambiguity. She had consistently self-harmed and overdosed since the age of thirteen. The psychotherapist relied heavily on his countertransference in order to better understand and make sense of the patient’s inner world, particularly regarding issues of identity, race, gender and attachment. The primary research method used to analyse processed clinical session notes was Grounded Theory Method.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of East London in collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust for the Professional Doctorate in Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Uncontrolled Keywords: M80, Millar, Mixed
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents - Psychotherapy
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Patient/Therapist Interaction
Race and Culture > Culture and Psychotherapy
Race and Culture > Race- Sociology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 11:29
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2017 13:43
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1174

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