LISA BARAITSER is a senior counsellor at the Maya Centre and is currently undertaking a PhD in maternal subjectivity at Birkbeck College, University of London.
GROUPWORK WITH MOTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED IN CHILDHOOD
Version of Record online: 17 NOV 2006
British Journal of Psychotherapy
Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 345–359, March 2004
How to Cite
Noack, A. and Baraitser, L. (2004), GROUPWORK WITH MOTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED IN CHILDHOOD. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 20: 345–359. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0118.2004.tb00148.x
AMéLIE NOACK is a Jungian Analyst and Group Analyst, a member of the Association of Jungian Analysts and of the Institute of Group Analysis, where she currently holds the post of Convenor of the London Qualifying Course.
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- Version of Record online: 17 NOV 2006
ABSTRACT This paper presents some thoughts about working clinically with mothers who have been sexually abused in childhood. We review the research literature that indicates that survivor mothers face interpersonal difficulties relating to their children, and, in the light of this research, suggest that survivor mothers may benefit from a therapeutic service that is specifically designed to meet their needs. We draw on recent explorations of transgenerational processes in the transmission of trauma to present an understanding of the psychodynamics involved in the difficulties survivors have with mothering. This understanding informs the design and implementation of groups for survivor mothers at the Maya Centre, a psychodynamic counselling centre for women living in poverty in the London Borough of Islington. Clinical examples taken from three short-term therapeutic groups are presented and discussed.