Last chance saloon: From repetition to growth, a young mother’s journey in brief psychotherapy

Henderson, Fiona (2019) Last chance saloon: From repetition to growth, a young mother’s journey in brief psychotherapy. In: Mothers accused and abused: Addressing complex psychological needs. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 115-124. ISBN 9781315105550

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Abstract

This chapter describes a time-limited psychotherapy with a young mother who, by her early twenties, had lost three children into care. Intergenerational dynamics in a family of women are a central vein running through this case, as they are in so many, and this is illustrated along with aspects of this young mother’s presentation that were different in important ways. I consider some of the tensions when seeing parents for psychotherapy and needing to keep the children, and the network, in mind as well. Finally, I discuss the difficulties of short or time-limited work with vulnerable mothers where neglect and premature abandonment are in the history that one repeats.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Protection
Families > Mother Child Relations
Families > Maternal Deprivation
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Brief Therapies
Department/People: Honorary Staff
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2096

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