The title of this book takes us on an imaginary voyage to a distant land where people live in extremely difficult and uncomfortable climatic and environmental conditions. In the same way, psychotic and autistic patients seem to experience an emotional inner world characterized by loneliness and coldness. This frozen world of emotions is also reflected in the transference and prevents the formation of the therapeutic alliance, which is indispensable for the therapy to develop. The author compares the characteristics of autistic child psychotherapies and those of the adult cases illustrated.
Laura Tremelloni was born in Milan where she obtained her degree in medicine with a specialization in Psychiatry. She began her post-doctoral training at the Milan University Hospital in internal medicine and subsequently worked in child and adult psychiatry. She is a founding member of the Centro Internazionale Studi Psicodinamici della Personalita based in Venice where lessons, seminars, meetings are held regularly especially in the area of infantile autism and psychosis. She has a private practice in Milan as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and worked particularly with autistic children and psychotic patients.