Clinical commentary

Magagna, Jeanne (2014) Clinical commentary. Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 40 (3). pp. 312-317. ISSN 0075-417X

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Comments on an article discussing the psychotherapeutic sessions and interaction taking place between the client, Rebecca and her therapist for selective mutism. This article presents a step-by-step discussion of the brief background and the sequential presentation of the psychotherapy session with Rebecca, aged seven, presenting with selective mutism. The author discusses the interaction paragraph by paragraph in order that the therapist can watch the evolving minute changes both in the child and in himself/herself. According to the author who is a child, adult and family psychotherapist, the task of a supervisor is twofold: in the first instance the supervisor is trying to assist in containing anxieties of the child in psychotherapy and to evolve a shared understanding of the child and the child and supervisee’s relationship; secondly, the supervisor has the task of furthering the supervisee’s capacities as a questioning, wondering, observing, effective and empathic psychotherapist. For this reason, the author considers overseeing the work of psychotherapist and child as promoting the beauty of a duet for two, a development of two people, child and psychotherapist.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychotherapeutic Sessions, Clinical Material, Therapists, Mutism
Subjects: Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Visiting Lecturer
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 14:39
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2016 14:39
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1237

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