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Therapeutic consultation

ByLaura Dethiville

It has often been said that Donald W. Winnicott was an atypical analyst. Even today, he is often referred to as being first a paediatrician, and later a psychoanalyst. But he was not a paediatrician who turned to psychoanalysis: “He was a consultant in a hospital for children, whose work was transformed by his personal experience of psychoanalysis” (Dethiville, 2014: 21). This perpetual back and forth influenced his maturing years considerably. As he would attest later, “no analyst was a paediatrician, and no paediatrician was an analyst. For twenty to thirty years I was an isolated phenomenon” (Winnicott, 1990: 72).