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Yasai, M. (2013). D's Divided Heart: A Beginning Therapist's Perspectives on the Treatment of an Adolescent Girl. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 12(4):271-285.

(2013). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 12(4):271-285

D's Divided Heart: A Beginning Therapist's Perspectives on the Treatment of an Adolescent Girl

Mougeh Yasai

This case study presents a student therapist's supervised work with a single mother and her early adolescent daughter, "D," who had been having difficulties in school and had threatened suicide. The treatment focuses on facilitating access to D's true self by allowing her to have enough space to be, safely, and on her own. Through play, D begins to expose the parts of her that are hidden and split off, and to develop increasing insight into her dissociated states. The therapist addresses her own growth as a clinician, tolerating her own discomforts and anxieties as she builds faith in her practice and allows herself to be a good enough therapist. The therapeutic process is traced from initial assessment, through three years of weekly sessions with D, to the final, difficult termination of the therapeutic relationship. Supervisor/supervisee dynamics and the working through of transference/countertransference issues, seen from the student therapist's perspective, help to contextualize the discussion.

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