Awaiting the therapist's Baby: A Guide for Expectant by April E. Fallon, Virginia Brabender PDF

By April E. Fallon, Virginia Brabender

The passage into and during being pregnant and new parenthood is person who impacts all points of a therapist's lifestyles, together with paintings with sufferers. It provides designated healing demanding situations, in addition to exact healing possibilities. Drawing at the scattered literature, interviews with those who were within the roles of therapists and expectant mom and dad at the same time, and their very own wealthy reviews, the authors give some thought to therapists' mental lives sooner than delivery (or adoption) and consider either therapist and sufferer reactions to the truth of a coming baby. regardless of the therapist's theoretical orientation, the patient-therapist courting undergoes adjustments, and therapists are confronted with a couple of vital judgements now not as a rule addressed within the psychotherapy literature, equivalent to no matter if and whilst to notify the sufferer of what's expected. The authors provide functional suggestion that allows therapists to continue via a valid medical decision-making method and speak about the ways that the adjustments will be harnessed within the carrier of remedy ambitions. a number of modalities are covered--including person, workforce, kinfolk, and therapy--which should be understood from various theoretical views. the wishes of sufferers in numerous diagnostic different types at assorted developmental levels are addressed and the connection among therapist and perform atmosphere is tested. all through, the authors light up their issues with bright real-life case vignettes. the difficulty of imminent parenthood arises for female and male practitioners, adopters and organic mom and dad, and their supervisors. All these dealing with it's going to locate this ebook crucial analyzing as they search to spot and quell their anxieties and increase their medical acumen and effectiveness.

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The mother had become quite depressed and the patient, only a young child herself, had attempted to relieve her mother of her difficulties by ceaselessly ministering to her. This effort had involved the use of reaction formation in relation to her anger over the changes in her mother brought about by the arrival of her sister. " She summoned that role in response to any major separation challenge in her later life. As Penn (1986) noted, individuals who have had early experiences of abandonment leading to difficulties in negotiating the developmental tasks of separation-individuation often in their response to the therapist's pregnancy, use defenses that parallel those used in the early situation.

Her mother presented her own efforts as motivated by the wish to be Sherry's buddy, to share her interests. The relationship between Sherry and her mother entailed an identificatory failure. Because of the mother's need to be the recipient of narcissistic supplies, the mother's engagement in maternal activities was extremely limited and her identity diffuse. Sherry's effort was always to scope out for herself some area on which her mother could not encroach. Within therapy, Sherry responded similarly by establishing a clear differentiation between herself and the therapist as the therapist's role as mother was underscored by the pregnancy.

9 9 See Al-Mateen (1991) for a description of a case in which patient and therapist were pregnant simultaneously. According to Al-Mateen, the simultaneity enabled the female patient to establish a new female identification, which led to her embracing more fully her role as mother. PATIENTS' REACTIONS TO THERAPISTS' PREGNANCY 37 Sexuality, Jealousy, and the Oedipal Triangle. When the therapist announces her pregnancy to the patient, she presents the patient with two pieces of reality that are especially provocative for many patients.

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