When the child’s body gets involved

By Olivier Cametz

The transference relationship with a child often comes to be located on the borders of the connection between body and psyche. The fact that the child’s initial feelings within the primary relationship are so recent, and the preponderance of the body’s place in the psychological structuring underway, increase the probability they will emerge in the therapeutic work with the child in the form of bodily events. The author reviews the evolution of a child analysis, in the course of which the transference triggered a regression all the way to the aspect of somato-psychic deficiencies. This disrupted the usual vision of the therapeutic framework.

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