By Elisabeth Cleve
It is a tale from contained in the baby psychologist’s room. Victor is 2 and a part years outdated and has misplaced his mom and more youthful brother in a automobile twist of fate. he's “sunny and chuffed” and doesn’t cry. he's a baby in deep crisis.
This e-book follows Victor for his fifteen remedy classes, displaying how his therapist pilots the boy via his grief through play and different actions. This therapeutic by way of play treatment is depicted in phrases and images from the viewpoint of either sufferer and therapist. Bringing either desire and braveness, Elisabeth Cleve exhibits how concern remedy can paintings because the first hyperlink to a brand new destiny.
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It gets crowded in the chair, with Victor and Fredrik and all the toys. Victor does not want to go home today! ” That may well have been the case earlier, but Victor is obviously right in feeling that it is no fun to see his aunt now, after the accident. She cannot be happy. Nobody else they see can manage to be happy either. Victor digs his ﬁngers tensely into the chair arms. I tell him that next time his daddy will come alone to talk to me. We are going to talk about whether we can be of any more help to them.
He prefers that we have fun and wants to make me laugh. The atmosphere thus created in the room is a contradictory one, with a strong tension between joy and sorrow. It gives me a headache and I get a feeling that I’m going to be sick. ” Fredrik listens in amazement and asks me to explain what I mean. “For a little child in this kind of extreme situation, emotional outlets like crying and moaning are not enough. Victor has ‘deselected’ them as expressions of his sorrow. When someone is too young to use the spoken language, he still has the language of emotion, which is a stronger language.
When he ﬁnds a cosy little white house with a red roof, he puts that alongside the stove. He shouts, clapping his hands, “I need that. ” I agree. ” In Victor’s precarious situation I can only reinforce his need for nurture and warmth, both physical and psychical. He is very persistent in his play, and adds a forest with many trees. It takes him much effort to get them to stand up in the sand. In the end he can hardly see the stove, the house, and the frying pans for all the trees that block the view.