In this book, Peter Blake articulates his clinical practice of child and adolescent psychotherapy. A clear conceptual framework and historical context is provided for the work. The book is then structured to follow the therapeutic process, from assessment (referral and initial interview, individual assessment, developmental considerations, assessment for therapy, working with parents) to therapy (physical and mental settings, interpretation, the role and challenges of play, transference and countertransference, termination). Drawing on the Winnicottian tradition, in which fun and humour have a place in child and adolescent work, Blake demonstrates how a therapist can be playful and less directly interpretative. How psychodynamic thinking can be applied in an effective yet time-limited manner is also demonstrated. The text is enlivened by many case studies and clinical anecdotes. For therapists who are new to child and adolescent psychotherapy, and who wish to take a psychodynamic approach, the book will provide a valuable introduction.

chapter |9 pages


part 1|65 pages


chapter 1|20 pages

The analytic legacy

chapter 2|30 pages

Conceptual framework

chapter 3|11 pages

Psychoanalytic observation

part 2|110 pages


chapter 4|23 pages

Referral and initial interview

chapter 5|22 pages

Individual assessment

chapter 6|26 pages

Developmental considerations

chapter 7|10 pages

Assessment for therapy

chapter 8|22 pages

Working with parents

part 3|125 pages


chapter 10|9 pages


chapter 11|17 pages

The role of play

chapter 12|19 pages

The challenges of play

chapter 13|9 pages

Transference and countertransference

chapter 15|11 pages


chapter 16|14 pages


chapter |2 pages