It can take time, sometimes years, to set up a family therapy, depending on the family’s resistance. Adolescence sometimes reveals flaws in the structure of the couple and the family envelope, which are linked to non-elaborated traumas. A clinical situation shows these processes, which are deployed within the institutional space and most particularly in the link bteween therapist and consultant.
Adolescence, 2014, 32, 3, 609-615.
The instinct peculiar to puberty acts in the therapy, in a brutal, harsh and unsymbolized way. The acting out is generated by the emergence of new instinctual feelings, still not elaborated nor integrated to the Self. The creative ability of the adolescent, carried on by the clinician, enables to sublimate the puberty violence and find a way of clearing other than instinctual or sexual. Here, it is the « Mystical Animal » which will come and symbolize the entrance to puberty and its investments.
revue Adolescence, 2011, T. 29 n°4, pp. 747-763.