Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Margins: The Case of Ana Ortega, a Relational Perspective
This article describes the 4-year treatment in a community setting of a woman who experienced significant childhood trauma that she replayed in her adult life. The case is presented through a relational lens with particular attention to enactments, the transference/countertransference matrix, and the inevitable participation of the therapist in the treatment. The case will demonstrate how the roles enacted by the therapist and patient allowed for therapeutic space to be opened to facilitate mutual recognition between therapist and patient.
KeywordsCommunity practice Trauma Relational perspective Enactments
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Author declares that she has no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and it later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtain from all individual participants included in the study.
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