"Psychoanalytic Work with Autistic Features in Adults deals with the diagnostic and therapeutic difficulties of working with patients with autistic residues; defences formed as a result of early experiences in life, that have remained dormant in the unconscious mind, previously untouched even by years of analytic work, thus inhibiting ordinary development. Laura Tremelloni carefully traces the process of identifying such hidden early difficulties in adult patients, and stresses the need to develop an appropriate treatment plan. This is an excellent follow-up to the author's previous book, Arctic Spring, where she discussed the potential for growth in adults with psychosis and autism. All practitioners can learn from this untiring, honest and open work, describing treatments lasting many years. These test the practitioner in ways which are seldom talked about in the field, and often involve 'on the spot' intuitional ways of being in the moment. We live (and learn) with the patient and the practitioner as both develop, acquire new skills and change in this necessarily slow and painstaking work."-Dr Judith Edwards, PhD, MACP, Former Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic
Preface PART I Introduction Chapter 1: About Autism Chapter 2: About Skin Chapter 3: About sight and beauty PART II Chapter 4: Clinical Examples Chapter 5: Sara: Living on the surface Chapter 6 Irene – From robot-like to person Chapter 7 Beatriz – Backwards Love Chapter 8 Monica: The psychic retreat PART III Chapter 9: First Encounters: Adventures into the unknown Chapter 10: Transference and Counter-Transference Chapter 11: The challenges of working with autistic traits Chapter 12: Suggestions for therapeutic interventions; Conclusions
Laura Tremelloni is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Milan, Italy, working particularly with autistic children and adults as well as psychotic patients. Her psychoanalytic training took place with analysts including Benedetti, Cremerius and McDougall, and then with Resnik, Tustin and Alvarez. She is a founding member of the Centro Internazionale Studi Psicodinamici della Personalità (CISPP), Venice, with Salomon Resnik and other colleagues, where lessons, seminars and meetings are held regularly, especially on infantile autism and psychosis.