N.35 - Play, bond and change in Psychodynamic Group Therapy for Children

The Co-construction of the imaginary space in a group of children through the narration of stories and dreams

Abstract

This work originates from the idea that the use of a mediating object (Privat P., Quélin-Soulignoux D., 2000) such as the narration of stories and dreams that emerge in the group, may create a new potential space where children may discover the dialectical relation between reality and imagination through the direct experience of what Winnicott D.W. (1958) defines as “me” and “not-me”.
The author will describe through clinical material, how children once engaged in group psychotherapy,, start to build together a common language of meanings, from chaos to a shared play in which they may talk about their feelings, fears and “bad dreams”.
Eventually, group psychotherapy is considered as a new creative space of symbolization, where children can share a common narration and give meaning to their subjective experience.

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