Dynamic Psychotherapy with Adult Survivors: Living Past Neglect by Lori Bennett examines the aftereffects of emotional neglect in order to help clinicians to better serve survivors. Bennett makes an important contribution by expanding upon the definition of neglect to include emotional neglect while fostering a more profound understanding of the impact of childhood neglect upon adult survivors. The book compiles former clients' stories of recovery in order to illustrate and explore effective therapy and treatment techniques that will aid in the training of the clinicians who serve survivors of neglect. How do young adults climb out of their histories of neglect? How can they hope to feel loved if they never experienced the love they needed in their families of origin? How do they combat the damage to trust? How do they learn to stop the self-blame over circumstances, to move beyond the past, and to embrace a new future? These questions are answered in Dynamic Psychotherapy with Adult Survivors.
Acknowledgments Preface Introduction Part One: Listening for Neglect Chapter 1: "But Nothing Happened!": Redefining Childhood Neglect Chapter 2: PTSD Revisited Chapter 3: Magical Thinking: Finding Power in Helplessness Chapter 4: Weight Matters: Using Food for Comfort Chapter 5: Gone Too Soon: When Death Leads to Neglect Chapter 6: At Home with Incest: The Paved Road from Neglect to Abuse Chapter 7: The Broken Promise of Love: Addicted Parents and Neglect Chapter 8: Adoption and Neglect Part Two: Working with Neglect Chapter 9: "It Wasn't That Bad!": Working with Defensive Structure Chapter 10: The Integration of Deprivation: Intrusive Thoughts and Hypervigilance Chapter 11: Working with the Introject Chapter 12: Neglect in the News Chapter 13: Grief and its Relationship to Neglect and Abuse Chapter 14: Understanding Developmental Theory in Relation to Neglect Chapter 15: Developing Object Constancy in Adults Part Three: Overcoming the Neglect Scenario Chapter 16: Working Through Transference in Relationships Chapter 17: Working Through Countertransference Issues Chapter 18: Correction by Projection Chapter 19: Therapeutic Tools for Working with Adult Survivors of Neglect Chapter 20: The Therapeutic Environment Chapter 21: For Therapists with Neglect Histories Notes Resources Bibliography Index