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Kindler, R.C. (2007). How Does Analytic Child Therapy Inform Adult Treatment? A Discussion of Hilke's “Miss Nicht”. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 2(2):219-226.

(2007). International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 2(2):219-226

How Does Analytic Child Therapy Inform Adult Treatment? A Discussion of Hilke's “Miss Nicht”

Rosalind Chaplin Kindler, M.F.A., R.D.T., DIPL. T.C.P.P.

Iris Hilke's case provides us with elegant descriptions of the delicate and subtle ways in which the therapist picks up and draws on the nonverbal, cross-modal modes of communication used by this child. She describes in nuanced detail the tentative “dance” that evolves in the work with therapist, mother, and child. This discussion invites us to imagine that Lily (Miss Nicht) never had the benefits of her treatment with Iris Hilke as a child, and to imagine that, instead, she is only now entering into analysis as an adult. We observe the tribulations of an imagined adult analysis of Miss Nicht, noting that her childhood rageful outbursts have hardened in adulthood into a chronically angry aversiveness. She is still struggling in her relational world with the terrible issue of having to choose between “Power and Surrender.”

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