ERIC Number: ED211898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Nurturing and Individuation in Female/Female Therapy Relationships.
Levy, Sandra Beth
As therapy relationships between female therapists and female clients become more prevalent, there is a need to address the attributes of these relationships. Psychoanalytic object relations theory and feminist theory can be used to arrive at a meaningful context for viewing the dimension of intimacy. Psychoanalytic literature on the mother/infant relationship and the therapist/client relationship suggests that issues around nurturing and individuation are integral to both intimate relating and psychotherapy. A review of feminist writings reveals particular ramifications of female/female intimacy, which has its roots in the early mother/daughter relationship. The dominant themes of nurturing and individuation in the mother/daughter relationship and in the development of the female identity can be expected to be reflected in therapy relationships between women. Therapeutic benefits can accrue when the therapy produces an overt recognition of this relational struggle between binding and bonding. A tension may exist between a female therapist and her female client which pivots around the actualization of nurturing and individuation in their relationship. An integration of psychoanalytic and feminist perspectives can help to illuminate some of the challenges women may face as they establish intimacies with each other in psychotherapy. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Individuation; Nurturance
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).