The Working Alliance With The Monster

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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After receiving my Ph.D. in Psychology
I was invited into a special group of
brilliant Psychologists and Psychiatrists
at the Wright Institute in Los Angeles,
the most sophisticated treatment
facility for children. Our focus was
to study the treatment of autistic,
borderline and schizophrenic children.
My colleagues were twice my age
and I felt honored to be invited into
this special and brilliant team of
mental health clinicians. Rudolph
Ekstein, the leading of this amazing
group had a profound impact on me
and reinforced the work I was already
doing as a psychoanalytically trained
Psychologist. Working with a young
boy of seven who suffered from many
painful symptoms was a fascinating
journey into the mind in the conquest
of inner space. One autistic child was
mesmerized by a record player and
spent most of his time spinning his head
as the the record played in circular
motion. He could not understand
another way to express what lied
beneath his troubled mind. Many
journal papers and chapters in two
extraordinary books that explored
the conquest of inner and outer space.
When I approached the child, I
thought how could I demonstrate
that there was another way to express
his autistic behavior. He only knew one
way to rotate his head and the question
was how to intervene and present
an alternative. After rotating my
head with this brave young “soldier,”
I decided to roll my head in the opposite
direction demonstrating another way
to view his perception of reality. He
suddenly stopped and made eye contact
with me looking confused as his eyes
revealed surprise that there was another
way to experience his inner world. He
joined me spinning his head in the same
direction and slowly emerged from
his shell to begin an attachment to me
and what was the beginning of a new
psychological journey. I also had a
client that verbalized that he had a monster
in his head and would bang his
head on tables in an effort to kill
the monster that was controlling his
destructive behavior. Despite his
parents protestation, many therapists
they consulted with believed he would
be safer Many be safer in a hospital His
parents believed that I could treat him
on an outpatient basis. Using my training
forming a" working alliance with
the monster." I used his art and
Jungian sand tray that included an
extensive collection of figures that
were used for symbolic play therapy.
The monster was named “Sinister Seymour”
who occupied the depths of his
unconscious compelling him to act out
in a safe setting a myriad
of destructive behaviors.
After treating this young boy for
ten years that included family
conferences, school meetings
and a complete psychological
and neurological evaluation,
he never was hospitalized and now
at twenty years old is studying to become
a Psychologist. The monster lives within
many of us and the consequences can
and often are deadly. This piece is to honor
the lives of recent deaths by serial
killers. The first is to pay homage
to the Arizona Congresswoman
who was fatally wounded, seven people
were killed and twenty-one wounded
in this profoundly tragic event! Although
the Congresswoman survived after several
shots to the brain, she continues to
fight for survival with the hope that
she will recover, most likely seriously
disabled from this senseless
tragedy. Several others were killed including
a nine year old girl and many more were
wounded in this traumatic event.
I also want to honor
the life of Ronnie Chasen, the publicist
for the movie, Burlesque who was
shot and killed in her glory after
attending the premier of Burlesque
starring Cherr and Christine Aqguillera.

Please view this in the large format.
I am always interest in your projections
of my abstracts. This image evolved
from sandstone tile and was enhanced
in post production.
Nikon D80
Macro Lens

Recommended books
Author Jim Marrs
Crossover
Alien Agenda

Psychotherapy
Dibs in Search of Self
Virginia Axline
One Little Boy
Dorothy Baruch

Documentaries
Temple Grandin
Steven Hawking
Books
Thinking In Pictures
Animals in Translation
Jim Marrs
Crossover
The Alien Agenda

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