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Description - Theory and Practice in Child Psychoanalysis by Guy Hall

During her lifetime Francoise Dolto revolutionized the psychoanalytic understanding of childhood. As an early pioneer, she emphasized that the child is to be recognized from birth as a person. As a gifted and innovative clinician, Dolto developed her ideas about the unconscious image of the body. An image that is unique to each individual and linked to both a person's history and narcissism, rather then their physicality. It is the symbolic incarnation of a person's desires. Dolto began her career as a member of the IPA, was admired by Winnicott, close to Lacan and influenced by Morgenstern. Her life witnessed an extraordinary evolution from the conservatism of her parents, through the second World War, to the turbulence of Paris in the 1950s and 60s. In the succeeding years, Dolto made a number of original contributions to the understanding of psychosis, neonatology, female sexuality, education, and religion. Although controversial, she was able to write both for the general public and for professional colleagues. In 1979 Dolto opened La Maison Verte as a specialist centre for the practical application of her theories. Similar centres have since been created around the world. Dolto continued to write and teach until her death in 1988.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781855755741
ISBN-10: 1855755742
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 147mm x mm)
Pages: 250
Imprint: Karnac Books
Publisher: Karnac Books
Publish Date: 31-Oct-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Guy Hall

Guy Hall is a graduate of the Arbours Association and a member of the Forum for Independent Psychotherapists. He has worked both in the NHS and in private practice and taught abroad. He was a member of the UKCP executive and Chair of its Ethics committee. Francoise Hivernel graduated as Psychoanalytic-Psychotherapist in 2003 from the Contemporary Freudian training of the West Midlands Institute in 2003. She is a member of the Forum for Independent Psychotherapists and works in a private practice in Cambridge with adults. Sian Morgan is a Psychoanalytic therapist and a member of the Cambridge Society for Psychotherapy, where for over twenty-five years, she has been practicing as a therapist and supervisor. She was Director of Studies for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling at the University of Cambridge for fifteen years.