Working with Adopted Women via Pictures, Drawings and Dreams: A Novel Approach

This chapter is a composite of eight different women who were my clients and shared so much in common, not only in terms of personal history, but also in terms of symptoms, disorders, interpersonal relationships, and symbiotic relationships with their mothers and men in their lives, that I felt it begged to be dubbed the “There is not enough syndrome.” I’ll refer to the subject as “S” in this chapter, but she’s a composite of these women, all of whom were between the ages of 25 and 32 at the time of therapy and were in therapy for seven months to a year, during which time they all improved enough to leave therapy and live as independent successful professional young women. All eight young women were adopted from an orphanage in a South American country from the moment they were born until they were three years old. Their mother’s identity was unknown to them all. At the time of the adoption, the adopting mothers were between the ages of 40 and 55. These women are all working mothers who are now retired or nearing retirement age. During treatment, I painted and sketched pictures that reflected the young girls’ obstacles and problems, which are included in this paper.

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Eleanor Avinor
Foreign Language Department, Retired from University of Haifa, Israel.

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