This chapter explains the process of intervening in the infant-parent relationship when the parent either cannot hold the child in mind or holds a distorted picture of the child that, in large or small measure, threatens to interfere with the child's development of a cohesive sense of self. It is difficult for a mother suffering from depression to make space in her mind for her child; her own preoccupations consume all of her available psychic energy. The biological parents may be required to participate in a drug treatment program, psychotherapy, parenting classes, and other activities designed to ensure that they can provide a safe environment for their child. When people do ask for professional help, like Patricia, they often make quick and good use of what have to offer. Although their lives may have not been without turmoil or trouble, typically they have enjoyed enough satisfying relationships based on mutual value and respect to expect more of the same.