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Introduction: The Prenatal Dimension in Psychotherapy

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In modern psychotherapies, the individual authenticity of the therapist is decisive and also his ability to support the ability of the client to develop one’s own ego ideal. At the same time, this means that the relationship and one’s own feelings became the important points of reference. And so the pre-speech period in its importance for the configuration of feelings and relationship moved into the focus of attention. The experiencing of this early period has the peculiarity that it cannot be remembered at the level of the verbal ego. However, because it is activated by triggers in the present, it can be implicitly present in feelings, sensations, and responsiveness. The becoming present is the form of the memory of pre-speech experience in the here and now of the current situation. This has the consequence for psychotherapy that it is no longer dealing with an abstract reconstruction of the past but with a holistic experience of feelings, sensations, and intentions in the therapeutic relationship situation in which the whole past, including the prenatal and perinatal period, is implicitly present.

In this way, the pre-speech contents of experiences are accessible in the different fields of psychotherapy: child psychotherapy, baby therapy, body psychotherapy, imaginative therapy, art therapy, trauma therapy, and others. Further themes in the chapter are as follows: pre- and perinatal shock, psychological consequences of obstetrical interventions, and the baby-cry-ambulance with relation to the prenatal realm.

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Janus, L. (2021). Introduction: The Prenatal Dimension in Psychotherapy. In: Evertz, K., Janus, L., Linder, R. (eds) Handbook of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-41716-1_25

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