Phobia in a 3 years old child and hate in the transference. Can a transference neurosis develop and resolve itself in a brief mother-infant psychotherapy? - In our therapeutic mother-infant/toddler consultations we emphasize what the child can supply to the understanding of the problem it is presenting, in comparison with other approaches which mainly point to clarify and interpret parental fantasies. We hypothesize that our countertransferential attitude helps the development of the child’s transference, and that therapy focuses on its interpretation and resolution, without however neglecting the mother’s role. In the present case demonstration, the child developed a real transference neurosis in a brief mother-infant psychotherapy setting with a couple of cotherapists.
KEY WORDS: brief mother-infant psychotherapy, transference neurosis in the
young child, childhood eating disorders, childhood sexual theories, child psychoanalysis