By April E. Fallon, Virginia Brabender
The passage into and during being pregnant and new parenthood is one who impacts all features of a therapist's lifestyles, together with paintings with sufferers. It provides certain healing demanding situations, in addition to specific healing possibilities. Drawing at the scattered literature, interviews with those that were within the roles of therapists and expectant mom and dad concurrently, and their very own wealthy stories, the authors give some thought to therapists' mental lives sooner than start (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 dating undergoes adjustments, and therapists are confronted with a few very important judgements now not normally addressed within the psychotherapy literature, resembling no matter if and whilst to notify the sufferer of what's expected. The authors supply useful recommendation 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 objectives. a number of modalities are covered--including person, team, kin, and therapy--which will be understood from quite a few theoretical views. the desires of sufferers in several diagnostic different types at various developmental phases are addressed and the connection among therapist and perform environment is tested. all through, the authors remove darkness from their issues with brilliant real-life case vignettes. the problem of drawing close parenthood arises for female and male practitioners, adopters and organic mom and dad, and their supervisors. All these dealing with it is going to locate this ebook crucial interpreting as they search to spot and quell their anxieties and increase their scientific acumen and effectiveness.
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Through this identification, the patient is able to entertain the fantasy of symbiotic merger with the idealized mother figure. For example, a patient of one of the authors had had a long course of treatment during which she had talked about many inadequacies in the ways in which she was parented by her mother. When the therapist became pregnant, she recognized how she was creating for the patient a repetition of many of the early abandonments she had experienced in her childhood. While the therapist was pregnant, the patient was unable to focus on the parallels.
Given this common anxiety, it is important that the therapist have cues to determine whether a reaction is a response specific to the pregnancy. 26 CHAPTER 2 ing, he seemed to be oblivious to it. In learning of the therapist's pregnancy, his response was consistent with all of his earlier responses to her: He took it in passing. " When the therapist responded, "A month" he nodded and went on to another topic. This patient's behavior probably was not a specific defensive response to the therapist's pregnancy per se but rather a manifestation of his general level of interpersonal relatedness.
The patient said that the therapist's discomfort and agitation were apparent to her. She assumed it had to do with her pregnancy and she certainly was not going to do anything to make matters worse for the therapist. 20 CHAPTER 2 After recovering from her surprise, the therapist recognized the connection between the patient's solicitous response to her and the heroic caretaking the patient had done for her grandmother when she was a girl of 7 years old. Her constant availability to her ailing grandparent had led her to give up many of the enjoyments of her age group, such as cavorting outside with her friends after school.
Awaiting the therapist's Baby: A Guide for Expectant Parent-practitioners (A Volume in the Personality and Clinical Psychology Series) by April E. Fallon, Virginia Brabender