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Author Rabin, Claire

Title Winnicott and 'Good Enough' Couple Therapy : Reflections of a couple therapist
Published Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (416 pages)
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Winnicott and I; Winnicott versus goal-centered treatment; A 'relational' professional identity; Therapy as connection not performance; The role of theory; Choice of theory; The therapist as a good enough mother; 'Know thyself'; Outline of this book; Note; 2. My personal and professional journey and the connection between the two; Where to start?; Psychoanalysis; Behavior therapy; Supervision; Family and couple therapy systems theory; Narrative therapy
7. Transitional spaceCultural differences; Malta; Istanbul, Turkey; Vancouver, Canada; London, UK; Israel; Similarities and differences; Interconnections between categories; The interviews and Winnicott; 4. The process of good enough in therapy with couples; Winnicott; An introduction to a process view of good enough mothering; Winnicott and perfectionism; Help from Piaget; Applying Winnicott to couples and couple therapy; Application to couple therapy; The importance of reflexivity to the good enough process; Good enough marriage; The couple relationship as a good enough internal object
Journey back to the self: my introduction to WinnicottWhere was my mother?; My family of origin: my father and mother; My father; My mother; Rejecting the listening role; Problems in the nursery; The normatic personality; Changing my story; Signs of impending burnout; Winnicott and my burnout; Note; 3. How therapists view good enough therapy: the interviews; The results of the interviews; 1. Good enough applied to couple therapy; 2. Difficulties in doing couple therapy; 3. Use of theory in practice; 4. Therapist goals in couple therapy; 5. Countertransference; 6. Use of self and support
Winnicott and projective identificationHolding; Holding in couple therapy; Holding the couple: an example from couple therapy; Creation of the baby's separate self; Continuity of being; Fear of breakdown; The outside world; Mirroring; Increasing independence; False and true self; The capacity to be alone in the presence of others; The right not to communicate; Healthy withdrawal; Unifying experiences; Notes; 5. Hate and aggression in couple therapy; The coexistence of love and hate; Therapists' reaction to hate and aggression in the room; Reparenting in couple therapy
Winnicott's views on hate and aggression (Winnicott, 1949)Over-emphasis on positive feelings in couple therapies; Object relations couple therapy; Creativity and hate; Infantile needs in couples; 6. Transitional objects, transitional space, potential space, and couple therapy; The facilitating potential space; Transitional objects; Couples with one spouse who had good enough mothering; Reparenting couples; Reparenting when both partners did not have good enough mothering; Transferential relating and reactivity; Responsive mode of interacting: widening the focus
Summary Claire Rabin innovatively applies the Winnicottian theory of the 'good enough mother' to couple therapy, redirecting attention to the therapeutic relationship and the therapist's self-awareness regardless of the methods used. Using this lens, even the therapist's mistakes become an opportunity for repairing both the therapeutic relationship and the partners' own personal maturity. The intensity and pressure of couple therapy can make each case a test of the therapist's competence. The need for neutrality constitutes on-going pressure on the therapist and the proliferation of therapeut
Notes Spontaneous gestures in the transitional space
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ISBN 1317815270