Re-owning Motherhood in Metacognitive Reflection and Insight Therapy (MERIT) with A Woman Diagnosed with Schizophrenia: Lessons from A Case Study

Adi Lavi-Rotenberg, David Roe, Libby Igra, Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon

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Abstract

Mothers coping with a serious mental illness often face familial, social, and cultural barriers that challenge their identity as a mother and hinder their recovery process. Research has shown that enhancing a positive coherent multidimensional sense of self and sense of mastery promote recovery. To further explore this possibility, the current paper presents a course of therapy with a mother coping with schizophrenia. The therapist sought to facilitate recovery and a positive experience of motherhood by targeting the client’s sense of self and mastery within a framework of metacognitive reflection and insight therapy (MERIT), an intervention that targets these capacities. The case study demonstrates how MERIT can promote self-reflection of motherhood identity by exploring interactions between different parts of identity and can also enhance the ability to use reflective knowledge for effective coping.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-90
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Contemporary Psychotherapy
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2023

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Keywords

  • MERIT
  • Metacognition
  • Motherhood
  • Psychotherapy
  • Schizophrenia

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