First conceptualized by D.W. Winnicott, holding in this book refers to a therapist's capacity to respond to postpartum distress in a way that facilitates an immediate and successful therapeutic alliance. Readers will learn how to contain high levels of agitation, fear, and panic in a way that cultivates trust and the early stages of connectedness. Also addressed through vignettes are personality types that make holding difficult, styles of ineffective holding, and how to modify holding techniques to accommodate the individual woman. A must-read for postpartum professionals, the techniques learned in this book will help clients achieve meaningful and enduring recovery.
Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW, is the founder of The Postpartum Stress Center, a treatment facility for prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety disorders. In addition to this, she instructs a postgraduate training course for clinicians who have an interest in treating women with postpartum depression and has authored several books on postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.