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ERIC Number: EJ892261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0075-417X
Clinical Commentary by Barbara Segal, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist Working in University College London Hospitals
Segal, Barbara
Journal of Child Psychotherapy, v36 n2 p175-179 Aug 2010
This moving clinical account describes the psychotherapeutic work of a child psychotherapist undertaken in a hospital room with 13-year-old Maya, after the sudden onset of a terrifying and serious illness, Guillain-Barre syndrome, leaving her with paralysis and extreme weakness. The first session takes place almost three weeks after Maya's hospital admission and the second recorded session is the seventh, about five weeks later. In the first meeting, the psychotherapist introduces him/herself and the service offered. Maya tries to talk about the more ordinary aspects of her life and interests, she does convey her confusion and distress about her hospitalisation. In the next meeting, the atmosphere is much changed. Maya's symptoms have worsened and she and mother are very tearful, trying not to show their distress to each other. The psychotherapist is required to bear some of the distress and to try to understand with Maya the fear and uncertainty that she is facing. In this article, the author shall look at the sessions in some detail, and discuss questions that arise in her mind. These are prompted by the clinical account here, which reflects some of the particular challenges and dilemmas that confront child and adolescent psychotherapists in paediatric liaison work in hospitals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)