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Wright, S.J. (2018). An Independent Mind: Collective Papers of Juliet Hopkins (2015) by Juliet Hopkins, edited by A. Horne & M. Lanyado, published by Routledge.. Att: New Dir. in Psychother. Relat. Psychoanal., 12(1):83-87.

(2018). Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 12(1):83-87

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An Independent Mind: Collective Papers of Juliet Hopkins (2015) by Juliet Hopkins, edited by A. Horne & M. Lanyado, published by Routledge.

Review by:
S. J. Wright

Reading this book was a fascinating discovery of the writing of a pioneering child analyst which brought to mind some of the other inspiring books I have read by Tavistock therapists, as well as the grounding provided by the courses I personally took at the “Tavi”. They still inform my thinking even though my subsequent trainings have taken me in other directions. The articles demonstrate Hopkins’ integrative flexibility, solidly grounded in her training in the independent psychoanalytic tradition, but adept at linking and making use of different approaches. She puts her own signature on theory, the truly independent mind of the book's title. As Dilys Daws said in the Foreword:

Juliet has widened our view of what child psychotherapy can encompass, and she does it without attacking the basic concepts of individual work. She shows that diametrically different approaches can co-exist and nourish each other. It takes away the worry some therapists have that embracing, for example attachment or family therapy, might be disloyal to psychotherapy. (p. xii)

I have certainly felt nourished by what other minds and approaches tell me as well as nourished by this book.

An Independent Mind is divided into four thematic sections all illustrative of Hopkins’ approach to her work with children and their families, and of the writers who were especially influential in her thinking: John Bowlby (her uncle), Donald Winnicott (a supervisor), and Selma Fraiberg. Whilst the articles stand alone, they hang together coherently.

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