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    Parent Infant Psychotherapy from a Psychoanalytic Perspective: A 14-month-old toddler with hair pulling symptom

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016
    8:00 PM

    "Parent Infant Psychotherapy from a Psychoanalytic Perspective:
    A 14-month-old toddler with hair pulling symptom"
    with Christine Anzieu, M.D.

    The triadic therapy of a 14-month-old baby who compulsively pulled her hair and had damaged her skin demonstrates how the self is a "body-in-relation" self and the importance of libidinization of the baby's body by the earliest contact with the mother. The work with the loving but depressed parents who neglected their baby in order to make her independent, was associated with direct intervention through play therapy with the young child, allowing the repressed feelings to be expressed and communicated to her parents.

    Trichotillomania is not only aggression against self but also the result of feeling deserted and unloved; the child attempted to hold onto the self when others failed to provide emotional support, then bodily feelings were disturbed. The child learned to “lean on herself” and feel her body through self-injurious hair pulling and, in this way, satisfied a need for tenderness and contact in a primitive way. Thus, disturbed bodily feelings, detachment from the mother, and suppressed impulses had lead to the development of trichotillomania.

    FREE. All are welcome.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, M.D., Ph.D. is Director of the Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Training Program at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She is a member of the Société Psychanalytique de Paris and of the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine and is Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Columbia University. Dr. Anzieu is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the IPA. She has a private practice in New York as an adult and child psychoanalyst. She also consults with parents and babies. She has published two books in French, on play in child psychotherapy and on psychoanalytic interventions with parents and babies, and is the author of a number of book chapters and papers in English on motherhood, maternal functioning and child development, symbolization process in childhood, and techniques of intervention in early childhood.

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guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •