Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 179–193 | Cite as

Beyond words: The psychodynamics of a therapy in silence with a twelve-year-old girl

  • Barbara L. E. Cristy


This paper unravels the treatment benefits of continued work with a 12 1/2 year old girl who remained silent during the therapy. The multiplicity of meanings that silence represented for the patient are innumerated. In addition, the utilization of therapeutic tools such as movement therapy and countertransference are discussed in relation to the psychodynamics of the patient's silence. The paper shows how the therapist and the patient were able to reach a core self-space from which to develop and grow.


Treatment Benefit Therapeutic Tool Continue Work Movement Therapy 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara L. E. Cristy
    • 1
  1. 1.Silver Spring

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