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Meeting Again, Meeting Anew: A Child Patient Returns as an Adult
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Many of us have had former patients return to treatment years after termination, especially during the current pandemic and in light of recent world events. However, it is more unusual for a former child patient to return as an adult. Such situations provide a unique window into development, both the patient’s and the analyst’s. They also bring to the fore an inevitable reflection on time and temporality. I describe my work with a five-year-old patient who returned to treatment with me 20 years later, at the same age I had been when I first worked with her. Through the case, I examine the convergence of old and new representations of self and other, as well as the concept of time as dyadically mediated and intersubjective. While having a previous history together can be enriching and useful, it can also contribute to blind spots and nostalgic beliefs about self and other. I suggest that analytic change may require a process of temporal unlinking, through which long-held beliefs and internalizations are examined, deconstructed and revised. This process may include mutual mourning, which can eventually allow for the emergence of new experience and the creation of new meaning
About the Speaker:
Danielle Novack, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and an advanced candidate at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is in private practice in New York City, and has supervised psychology doctoral students at the New School for Social Research and Pace University. She has written and presented on topics such as analytic trust and the psychoanalytic treatment of eating disorders, and her work has been published in Psychoanalytic Dialogues and the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.
21st May 2022