The Good Mother

  • Kimberly SoggeEmail author


This chapter is a narrative of combined patients with whom I shared the experience of personal and familial change in psychotherapy as their clinical psychologist. The objective of the chapter is to explore the emergence of psychological flexibility themes as we contact experiences together within the context of a therapeutic relationship. Together we find that narratives adopted or imposed from institutions, well-meaning others, and sometimes from our own history are reexperienced and revised through the process of the therapeutic relationship. A more psychologically flexible stance in relationship to pain is facilitated through mindful practice moment to moment in the therapeutic relationship.


Mindfulness ACT Acceptance Defusion Values Self as context 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OttawaOttawaCanada

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