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Contemporary Approaches to the Encapsulation and Dispersion of Trauma: Holocaust Trauma As a Barrier to Couple Intimacy*

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This article describes a contemporary approach to dealing with the encapsulation and dispersion of transgenerational trauma. It focuses on how such trauma, when undigested, can create barriers to intimacy in a couple. The lead author and couple therapist not only describes her clinical approach, but provides a theoretical framework from which to view this type of trauma and the way in which it can impact on a couple relationship. The second and third authors provide individual and shared commentaries aimed at highlighting the applicability of couple therapy to psychoanalytic work with individuals. The authors conclude that experience working with couples enriches individual psychoanalytic work as a result of the focus on the "couple state of mind" this work affords.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2019

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