chapter  11
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Uncovering "Forgotten" Child Abuse in the Psychotherapy of a Borderline Disorder of the Self

At a 1990 Masterson conference, I presented an ongoing case that appeared to exemplifY the Masterson Approach to the diagnosis and treatment of an upper-level borderline disorder of the self. The patient, referred to as Diana, was very bright and highly functioning. She had been intensely motivated to pursue the nearly five years of psychotherapy (increasing after two years from one to two sessions a week) that helped her to correct maladaptive defenses, and dynamically to resolve deep problems of separation and individuation with her internalized mother from the past as well as with her real mother in the present.