DOI link for Therapeutic consultation
Therapeutic consultation book
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. In 1920, Winnicott completed his medical studies, specializing in children’s medicine. His clinical consultations gradually evolved from paediatrics to infantile psychiatry with a psychoanalytical approach. With time, he worked increasingly less as a paediatrician and more as a child psychoanalyst, at the same time using his medical formation to treat somatic disorders. It was at the Paddington Green Hospital where he developed empirically a method of working which he called “therapeutic consultation”, a term he invented to distinguish this psychoanalytical work from psychotherapy. For Winnicott, the therapeutic consultation he had imagined/thought of had a very clear objective, that of giving the child and the family the help they needed to enable the dynamic lifelong process to continue, a kind of kick-start to revive the blocked process.