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Comins, J. (2003). Early Stages of a Psychoanalytic Treatment: The Case of Laura. Psychoanal. Dial., 13(3):301-312.

(2003). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 13(3):301-312

Early Stages of a Psychoanalytic Treatment: The Case of Laura

Jill Comins, M.S.W.

This case analysis describes a young woman's jouney to integrate the experiences of having an unresponsive and nonnurturant mother and an invasive, seductive, and chronically anxious father, who functioned as the loving and responsive parent. From the outset of the analysis, mother's difficulties in attachment and empathy with her daughter's needs or fears, and father's overstimulating and intrusive relationship to his daughter, were present in the patient's dreams and in the transference. The early stage of treatment reported here describes the patient's efforts to find a self-regulatory balance between states of extreme overstimulation and excitement and of withdrawal and a fear of invasion.

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