Basing their work on the idea that psychoanalytic therapy and technique require more rather than less from the therapist, the Novicks explore the crucial role of parents' work in child and adolescent treatment. They show that child and adolescent therapies have two goalsrestoring the child to progressive development and rebuilding the parent-child relationship as a lifelong resource. With vivid clinical examples, this book illustrates the expanded range of clinical techniques used with parents to establish an alliance at each phase of treatment.
Walant has added a missing piece to the therapeutic puzzle. She stresses the central need for intellectual and emotional immersion in the therapeutic process both for the patient and the therapist. Walant demonstrates her techniques using moving case histories of patients suffering from psychiatric illnesses, as well as those affected by addictions. Her use of well-chosen quotes fro the world of literature, poetry, and religion makes reading the book a sheer pleasure as well as an intellectual adventure....--Samuel C. Klagsbrun, M.D.