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Experiences of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for young people with a major mental Illness, and their psychotherapists within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

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posted on 2021-09-02, 23:47 authored by JILL MARIE PULLEN
This thesis is a retrospective qualitative study of former adolescent patients suffering severe mental illness, within public mental health services between 2002-2012. Their lived experience of open-ended psychoanalytic psychotherapy was meaningful and important. The development of a positive and trusted therapeutic bond facilitated the process of therapeutic change, along with the skills and stance of the psychotherapist, and the motivation of the adolescent to form a working alliance. Improvement occurred in developing a sense of identity, capacity for reflection, awareness, management of feelings and behaviours and these changes in turn, benefited their interpersonal relationships. Most importantly it kept adolescents alive.


Principal supervisor

Suresh Sundram

Additional supervisor 1

Bruce Tonge

Additional supervisor 2

Suzanne Dean

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Clinical Sciences at Monash Health

Additional Institution or Organisation


Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences