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Florou, A. Widdershoven, M. Giannakopoulos, G. Christogiorgos, S. (2016). Working Through Physical Disability in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy With an Adolescent Boy. Psychoanal. Soc. Work, 23(2):119-129.

(2016). Psychoanalytic Social Work, 23(2):119-129

Working Through Physical Disability in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy With an Adolescent Boy

Aliki Florou, Marie-Ange Widdershoven, George Giannakopoulos and Stylianos Christogiorgos

The narcissistic injury that may be caused by physical disability in infancy and the possible familial traumatization may block the integration of the infant's body and self-image, and can consequently hinder the child's identity formation. This article presents how an adolescent boy with cerebral palsy in short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy works through the mental impact of his physical disability using a story. Transference and countertransference reactions are discussed. The positive impact of short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy highlights the importance of caring for the mental health of children with physical impairments.

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