Elisabeth Rozetta Geleerd
Elizabeth Rozetta Geleerd’s work on extreme psychological conditions like amnesia and schizophrenia led to new methods for treating seriously disturbed children and adolescents. After losing her mother and brother to tuberculosis, Geleerd studied medicine and earned an MD from the University of Leyden in 1936 before training at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Institute under Anna Freud. She left Austria in 1938 as the political situation escalated and studied at the London Institute for Psychoanalysis. From 1940–1945 she worked with children at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas before moving to New York in 1946, where she opened a private practice. She became a training analyst and a member of the educational committee of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute in 1947, helping shape their child and adolescent analysis program. She wrote extensively on the psychodynamics of schizophrenia, amnesia, and fugue states in young people, offering new techniques in the treatment of traumatized and severely disturbed children and adolescents. In 1967, she edited The Child Analyst at Work, and she continued working as a therapist and teacher until her death in 1969.
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