Psychoanalysis is a collaborative effort; an alliance of minds, unconscious and conscious in deep effort to afford a person an opportunity to elaborate their "personal idioms" ; to experience their most genuine self possible.
Sand Trays of Child Patients, Beijing; New York.
"The thing about playing is always the precariousness of the interplay of personal psychic reality and the experience of control of actual objects. This is the precariousness of magic itself, magic that arises in intimacy, in a relationship that is found to be reliable...When a patient cannot play the therapist must attend to this major symptom before interpreting fragments of behavior." D.W. Winnicott
Adolescents relate to external realities. I help them to relate to their internal world.
" Immaturity is an essential element of health. There is only one cure for immaturity and that is the Passage of time and the growth into maturity that time may bring...Immaturity is a precious part of the adolescent scene. In this is contained the most exciting features of creative thought, new and fresh feeling, ideas for new living. "
In my analytic work with children, I utilize Play Therapy, Art and Sand tray in an effort to explore, hold and contain the experiences of a child's inner world.