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By Juliet Hopkins

‘Juliet Hopkins has quietly inspired and encouraged generations of associates and scholars’ (Dilys Daws).

An autonomous brain: amassed Papers of Juliet Hopkins follows the pro trip and impression of an cutting edge determine within the historical past of kid psychotherapy. Juliet Hopkins spans Kleinian and self sufficient psychoanalytic traditions and brings a severe clinical brain to those theories. among her major impacts have been Winnicott and Bowlby – either one of whom her paintings addresses. This publication includes her most vital papers, bringing jointly psychoanalytic conception, family members and person methods, attachment thought and infant–parent paintings. With a writing kind that's transparent, simple and with ease available, Juliet Hopkins promotes a scholarly integrative mind set approximately psychotherapy with out compromising the fundamental psychoanalytic ideas that tell her work.

The papers were accumulated chronologically into 4 sections, each one given context by way of the Editors with a quick introduction:

Trauma and baby psychotherapy

Attachment and baby psychotherapy

Infant-parent psychotherapy

Integrating and exploring Winnicott

An self reliant brain: amassed Papers of Juliet Hopkins is a set of vintage papers whose relevance at the present time is undiminished. will probably be crucial interpreting for validated and trainee baby and grownup psychotherapists and psychoanalysts; counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists attracted to psychoanalytic methods; social employees, nursery staff and those that paintings with young ones in voluntary corporations.

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I knew from the monster material that he felt cruelly trapped and persecuted by me, and he now developed another means of showing me how he felt picked on. e. eaten by him) in turn. The games had to appear as though the evasion of sacrifice could be achieved by skill, but in fact the choice of victim was arbitrary and depended upon an imaginary dice. I thought these games showed how Adam felt picked on by fate and how he feared that his number would come up, however cleverly he tried to avoid it.

Looking back, I now wonder whether I have sometimes colluded with a child in turning a blind eye to painful aspects of external reality, while hoping that the issues could be sufficiently disentangled within the transference to enable the child to make the necessary changes in perception himself. This process of disentanglement can be extremely slow, even in adolescents. A typical example of the length of this process concerns my work with a child, Alison, who needed three years of three times weekly psychotherapy before she at last recognized that her mother was in some respects mad.

Pebbles, coins, batteries, springs, broken glass, badges, balls, cigarette cards: these trivial items were fascinating 26 Trauma and child psychotherapy objects of beauty or scientific curiosity for Adam. His visual imagination was so fluid that he once spent half an hour exploring the shapes he could make with a fine gold chain. “A face . . a cliff . . a map . . a rose” and so on, he murmured, more to himself than to me. ” The high-bounce ball was one of his favourite treasures and he would often sit and gaze at its action with a rapt expression on his face.

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