Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Approach (Relational Perspectives Book Series)

Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Approach (Relational Perspectives Book Series)

Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Approach (Relational Perspectives Book Series)

In Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective, Joyce Slochower brings a contemporary relational framework to bear on Winnicott’s notion of the analytic holding environment.  She presents a fresh, thought-provoking, and clinically useful integration of Winnicott’s seminal insights with contemporary relational and feminist/psychoanalytic contributions.  Seeking to broaden the concept of holding beyond work with severely regressed patients, she addresses holding in a variety of clinical contexts and focuses especially on holding processes in relation to issues of dependence, self-involvement, and hate.  She also considers clinical work with patients “on the edge” – patients who seem deperately to need a holding experience that remains paradoxically elusive.

Slochower begins her study by questioning the therapeutic limitations of an interactive style.  There are times, she proposes, when certain patients simply cannot tolerate evidence of the analyst’s separate subjective presence and instead need a holding experience.  Though this holding function is essential to work with difficult patients, it enters into the treatment of all patients, whether as figure or ground.  Slochower’s relational understanding of holding leads her to consider the impact of holding on patient and analyst alike.  Throughout, she emphasizes the analyst’s and the patient’s co-construction, during moments of holding, of an essential illusion of analytic attunement; this illusion serves to protect the patient from potentially disruptive aspects of the analyst’s subjective presence.

Slochower’s case vignettes helpfully illuminate the intersubjective aspects of the holding process, including the clinical picture when a holding frame fails.  She elaborates her thesis by considering the therapeutic function of holding in mourning.  And she concludes her study with a cogent examination of the theoretical and clinical limitations of working with a holding process.  A welcome reprise on an essential Winnicottian theme, Holding and Psychoanalysis broadens and deepens our understanding of the therapeutic role of the analyst’s holding function.  

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  1. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on August 3, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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    A Contemporary Perspective on Holding in Clinical Work, December 11, 1999
    By A Customer

    This excellent book represents a sophisticated integration of theory and clinical practice. It offers both dynamically oriented therapists and psychoanalysts a framework that is especially helpful in working with extremely difficult patients who do not respond to standard therapy technique. Slochower uses the notion of holding to describe the therapist’s attempt to contain the patient’s intense affective responses as well as the therapists struggle to hold himself. Slochower extends holding beyond Winnicott’s conception of regression by 1)applying the model to work with borderline and narcissistic patients and 2)by addressing the therapist’s participation in the holding process from a relational perspective. Her book is replete with rich clinical examples, illustrating the use of holding with patients struggling with issues of dependence, self involvement, ruthlessness and hate. Throughout the text, she also discusses instances in which the holding stance failed, and carefully addresses the clinical pitfalls of work within a holding metaphor. An especially interesting chapter addresses the holding theme outside the consulting room, in Jewish mourning ritual. A ‘must read’ for the contemporary clinician, whether of Freudian, Interpersonal, Self Psychological or Relational persuasion.

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  2. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on August 3, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

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    contemporary psychoanalysis, December 30, 1999
    By A Customer

    Unusually lucid, clinically relevant and rich descriptions of difficult patient situations. Theoretically useful update on Winnicott’s work on holding. Highly recommended for therapists working with difficult patients.

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