Between the Therapist’s Vulnerability and the Client’s Vulnerability: Building a Therapeutic Intervention Through the Regressive Regions of the Mind

Main Article Content

Noga Keini


The article expands Winnicott ,Balint and other theoretical conceptions in order to describe what happens in a therapist‘s mind so that an intervention can take place. It stresses not only the need to identify the psycho-developmental region where the patient operates, but also how intervention arises in the therapist’s mental regions and engages the relevant mental regions of the patient. It explains the process in which the therapist’s subjective communication with his own mental regions helps the patient establish an initial connection with his regressive areas and even gradually draw closer to them symbolically. The article offers an analysis based on a detailed clinical illustration.

Article Details

How to Cite
Keini, N. (2021). Between the Therapist’s Vulnerability and the Client’s Vulnerability: Building a Therapeutic Intervention Through the Regressive Regions of the Mind. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 8(7), 251–259.


Balint, M.(1968). The basic fault: Therapeutic aspects of regression. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press.

Bion, W. R. (1967). Second thoughts : selected papers on psycho-analysis. London, Heinemann Medical.

Bollas, C.(1987).Expressive uses of the countertransfrernce, In The shadow of the object: Psychoanalysis of the unthought known. (pp. 200 – 236).New York: Columbia University Press.

Bowlby, J. ( 1988 ). A Secure Base: Clinical Applications of Attachment Theory. London: Routledge.

Casement, P.(1988).Forms of interactive communication. In: On Learning from the patient.(pp. 72 – 102).London: Routledge.

Freud, S. (1905). Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, trans. James Strachey. New York: Basic Books

Freud,S.(1914).Remembering, Repeating and Working Through. The Standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmond Freud.London: HOGARTH PRESS.

Freud, S.(1920).Beyond the Pleasure principle. Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud.(pp. 7 – 64). London: Hogarth Press.

Klein, M.(1946). Notes on some schizoid mechanisms., International journal of psychoanalysis, 27:99-110.

Ogden, T. H.(1989).The Primitive Edge of experience. Nortwale, New Jersy:Jason Aronson INC.

Winnicott,D.W(1947).Hate in the countertransference. In Through Pediatrics to Psychoanalysis(pp:194 - 204). London: KARNAC..

Winnicott, D.W(1949).Mind and its relation to the psych – Soma. In Through Pediatrics to Psychoanalysis(pp:229 – 243). London: KARNAC..

Winnicott, D.W.(1954). Metapsychological and Clinical Aspects of Regression within the Psycho-Analytical Set – Up. In Through Pediatrics to Psychoanalysis(pp.278 – 295).London: KARNAC.

Winnicott, D. W.(1956).Primary maternal preoccupation. In Through Pediatrics to Psychoanalysis (pp.300 - 306).London: KARNAC.

Winnicott, D. W.(1960).The theory of the parent – infant relationship. In :The Maturational Processes and the Facilitating Environment. (pp:37 – 56). London: KARNAC.

Winnicott,D.W.(1971).Playing and reality. London: Routledge.