The Art of Holding in Therapy: An Essential Intervention for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

1st Edition

Karen Kleiman

Routledge
Published January 30, 2017
Reference - 275 Pages
ISBN 9781138904958 - CAT# Y185721

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Summary

First conceptualized by D.W. Winnicott, holding in this book refers to a therapist’s capacity to respond to postpartum distress in a way that facilitates an immediate and successful therapeutic alliance. Readers will learn how to contain high levels of agitation, fear, and panic in a way that cultivates trust and the early stages of connectedness. Also addressed through vignettes are personality types that make holding difficult, styles of ineffective holding, and how to modify holding techniques to accommodate the individual woman. A must-read for postpartum professionals, the techniques learned in this book will help clients achieve meaningful and enduring recovery.

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