Publication Date

2010

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Department

School for Social Work

Keywords

Impasse (Psychotherapy), Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Impasse, Psychoanalytic theory, Relational theory, Infant research

Abstract

This theoretical study explores therapeutic impasse through the dual lens of relational theory and infant research. Particular attention is paid to the role that enactment, rupture and repair, and non-verbal communication play in impasse dynamics. Defined broadly--as any time a therapist and patient feel stuck--impasse is conceptualized as an expectable, even inevitable, component of the treatment relationship. This paper further posits that small moments of impasse hold potential for growth. Finally, the implications for navigating impasse are considered through a clinical vignette.

Language

English

Comments

iii, 62 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2010. Includes bibliographical references (p. 58-62)