The family begins with the parental couple; it is they who create the family. This book explores the way in which the child or any member of the family can carry unresolved projections arising from the parents' families of origin: their family within, and the difficulties this internal family presents for the therapist.
The model developed in this book explores psychoanalytically based ideas about infant development and applies them to the internal world of couples and families. It presents both a clear explanation of these theories as well as case histories that show how these ideas work in practice. The developmental model presented offers an original perspective on the wide range of problems that many couple and family therapists struggle with. These problems can be understood in the context of the family within, the way in which the family of origin dynamics have been internalised. This shared understanding between the couple and family and the therapist provides a path to greater maturity and therefore a greater capacity to cope with life's vicissitudes.
Working with Developmental Anxieties in Couple and Family Psychotherapy presents both a clear theoretical framework for understanding the development of the couple and family, and a practical application for these ideas. Case studies bring the model to life through illustrating both the problems of the family or couple and the difficulties of the work. It will appeal to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, couples and family therapists.
Penny Jools, has a PhD and a Clinical Masters in Developmental Psychology. She and her two colleagues and co-editors run a successful private clinic in Annandale,Sydney that specialises in working with troubled couples and families. She has worked as an individual, couple and family psychotherapist for more than thirty years. Her recent international publications have been on couple psychotherapy. Jenny Berg, MBBS, FRANZCP, is a child adolescent family psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Couple and family psychoanalysis is her area of expertise. She has regularly supervised interested private practitioners, taught child psychiatric trainees, and has been steadfast in maintaining an organization (the Child Couple and Family Psychotherapy Association of Australasia) that aims to keep these ideas alive within the wider community in Australasia. She has also published internationally in this area. Noela Byrne is a qualified social worker and an individual, couple and family psychotherapist. Until her recent retirement, she had spent over thirty-five years both in the public and private sectors. She has been involved in supervision and teaching to both psychiatrists and psychotherapists in training. Her past publications were in individual, couple and family psychotherapy.
Part One: Theory and Practice Introduction: The Family Within: A Developmental Focus on Family and Couple Psychotherapy Penny Jools Chapter One : The Couple and Family in Mind Jenny Berg Chapter Two: The Developmental Framework Noela Byrne and Jenny Berg Chapter Three: The Dynamics of Coupledom Noela Byrne and Maria Kourt Chapter Four: Containment and its Challenges Penny Jools and Jenny Berg Chapter Five: Finding the Patient in Couple and Family Psychotherapy George Haralambous and Penny Jools Part Two: Case Studies in Developmental Anxieties Chapter Six: A Bad Moment with the Light: the Role of Autistic-Contiguous Anxieties in a Couple's Sexual Difficulties Jenny Berg Chapter Seven: Gathering Fragments: Early steps in the Evolution of a Creative Coupling Julia Meyerowitz-Katz Chapter Eight : Understanding and Working with No-sex Couples: a Developmental Perspective Lissy Abrahams Chapter Nine: Children of Oedipus: Oedipal Anxieties in Couple and Family Work Penny Jools Part Three Chapter Ten: Couple Psychotherapy through the Lens of Attachment Noela Byrne Chapter Eleven: Learning from Experience. Laurie Lovell-Simons and Penny Jools. Concluding Thoughts Penny Jools Glossary Penny Jools