A case of an Iraqi woman victim of rape: reflections on her NET treatment from a psychoanalytical perspective

This article presents the case of an Iraqi woman victim of rape, who was followed during Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) over two months. The author of the article intends to show how NET can be successfully used by a therapist with a psychoanalytical background. In particular, the paper stresses how the framework offered by NET facilitated the emergence of a surprising element of the client’s vécu – the victim’s expression of some ambivalence and empathy towards her aggressor. Having followed the woman’s case through NET the author then discusses her counter-transference, with references to psychoanalytical theory, to better understand how NET operated within this context. Based on her experience, the author of the text proposes some recommendations when using NET.