The child who has not yet found words
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This chapter describes a particular way of working in modified psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a newly adopted child. Moments after her birth, baby is resting in mother's embrace. Mother says, "Hello" and baby looks up and greets mother's eyes. Standing nearby, father also says, "Hello baby", and baby searches for and finds father's face. A young baby naturally reaches out for mother with her eyes, signals her, opens her mouth to receive mother's nipple feeding her, and upon hearing mother's voice, baby turns to look at mother once again. A young child is completely dependent on the parents, and for this reason the child will be sizing up the nature of the relationship between the parents and therapist. The self is healed in therapy by bringing the infantile conflicts and pleasures back together in their existence inside the relationship with the therapist.