Working with and ‘seeing through’ the sexual transference in the psychotherapy of an adolescent boy

Lena, Fanny Elisa (2017) Working with and ‘seeing through’ the sexual transference in the psychotherapy of an adolescent boy. Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 43 (1). pp. 40-54. ISSN 0075-417X

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This paper explores the challenges and developmental opportunities of working with the sexual transference in psychotherapy with adolescents. Psychoanalytic contributions investigating the nature of adolescent sexuality and the developmental move from a narcissistic organisation to a capacity to form intimate relationships are reviewed, and the question of what happens when there is a lack of containment in infancy is addressed. The way in which unintegrated sexual impulses and phantasies can invade the therapeutic relationship is further discussed through the account of the weekly psychotherapy of a 16-year-old boy who formed a powerful sexual transference to his female therapist. The paper highlights how working through the sexual transference enabled this young man to face his developmental paralysis and begin to use the therapy as an opportunity for psychic growth.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sexual Transference, Adolescent Sexuality, Narcissism, Containment, Gaze
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents - Psychotherapy
Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Personality Disorders (e.g. narcissism)
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services
Depositing User: Mr Mat Zaremba
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2017 12:55
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2017 15:13

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