This book is written from the belief and with the experience that psychoanalytic child psychotherapy is a useful activity for multiply hurt and traumatised children. It can help them to heal and to trust again. Psychotherapy focuses on the obstacles to trust and the barriers to free communication, the obstacles and barriers that the self has raised to protect individuals from themselves and from others. These self-defences and the underlying anxieties which have called them into being, can be quietly and carefully given attention and can be understood by therapist and child. Losses can be mourned. Aggressions can be owned. The child can be helped to comprehend their feelings and their own responses. Gradually they can become ‘master in their own house’, aware of their own feelings and in charge of their own actions. Psychoanalysis, which traces back fears and anxieties to primitive states of mind and events long gone, requires each individual to own their own past and to take responsibility for their part in their own future.