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Denne, G. (2010). Kia: A Child Looked After. Att: New Dir. in Psychother. Relat. Psychoanal., 4(2):178-185.

(2010). Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 4(2):178-185

Kia: A Child Looked After

Gill Denne

This paper looks at the development of attachment and relationship between one therapist and one child within the looked-after system. It explores some of the unique challenges of working as a psychotherapist with a deeply wounded child within a system which itself can wound, and with internal fragmentation within a child's fragmented external world. How do we, as therapists, hold the broken narratives of such traumatized children, and what is the effect on us of doing so? What might therapeutic ‘success’ look like in this setting? Most importantly, though, this is Kia's story - the story of how one such child chose to begin and end her therapy, and some of what happened in between.

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