Arctic Spring: Potential for Growth in Adults with Psychosis and Autism

Author(s) : Laura Tremelloni

Arctic Spring: Potential for Growth in Adults with Psychosis and Autism

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2005
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 272
  • Category :
    Autism and Aspergers
  • Catalogue No : 21948
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855753143
  • ISBN 10 : 1855753146
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The title of this book takes us on an imaginary voyage to a distant land where people live in extremely difficult and uncomfortable climatic and environmental conditions. In the same way, psychotic and autistic patients seem to experience an emotional inner world characterized by loneliness and coldness. This frozen world of emotions is also reflected in the transference and prevents the formation of the therapeutic alliance, which is indispensable for the therapy to develop. The author compares the characteristics of autistic child psychotherapies and those of the adult cases illustrated.

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'Little or nothing has been written about psychoanalytic work with adult patients [with autism] with the degree of psychopathology and damage such as those described by Dr Tremelloni. Her patience, persistence, and stamina appear to be tremendous, and the patients’ lives have been transformed. The treatments described are long and arduous, and the book makes an exciting read, as we see the ice beginning to melt, and psychosis and autism exchanged for ordinary suffering and ordinary pride and pleasure.'
- Anne Alvarez, Consultant Child and Adolescent psychotherapist

'The very title of Laura Tremelloni’s sensitive research in itself conveys not only a message of caring but also of hope. As she expresses it, her analytic patients, by sharing their psychic torment with her, have enabled her not only to deepen her professional but also her personal understanding. Tremelloni’s thought-provoking work will convey to other professionals in the field an encouragement to explore more deeply their own personal experience with autistic sufferers.'
- Joyce McDougall, Training analyst of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society

'Arctic Spring is a fascinating book. Doctor Laura Tremelloni, a very gifted child and adult psychiatrist and psychotherapist, is an explorer in “autistic-lands”. Her clinical trips into the arctic of the mind, with her autistic patients, is a living experience, an adventure in which after freezing clinical times spring appears.

'This book is very stimulating for anyone who wants to follow the living itineraries of the author who shows a great courage, humanity and experience in dealing with severely disturbed patients. I’m sure that the reader will here have the opportunity of establishing a living dialogue with the author in her “expeditions”…'
- Salomon Resnik, Full Member of the International Psychoanalytic Association

About the Author(s)

Laura Tremelloni was born in Milan where she obtained her degree in medicine with a specialization in Psychiatry. She began her post-doctoral training at the Milan University Hospital in internal medicine and subsequently worked in child and adult psychiatry. She is a founding member of the Centro Internazionale Studi Psicodinamici della Personalita based in Venice where lessons, seminars, meetings are held regularly especially in the area of infantile autism and psychosis. She has a private practice in Milan as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and worked particularly with autistic children and psychotic patients.

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