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Holding
'Holding' is a psychic function, not a physical action.

This way of relating to others in a therapeutic relationship was first described by the British analyst D.W.W. Winnicott.


A student of Melanie Klein and a pediatrician, he also developed the current theory of juvenile delinquency.

His most extensive contributions dealt with psychic development in babies.

Holding refers to the atmosphere of positive regard, openness, and non-judgmental concern that a therapist ought to provide the client with.

This atmosphere of trust and connection provides so that the client with a reliable environment in which to freely explore and come to terms with the issues affecting his or her life.
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