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Letter to Mrs. B.E.Dockar-Drysdale, 7 April 1960 

Letter to Mrs. B.E.Dockar-Drysdale, 7 April 1960
Letter to Mrs. B.E.Dockar-Drysdale, 7 April 1960

Robert Adès

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date: 10 July 2020

PETT (Planned Environment Therapy Trust) Archives - Toddington, Gloucestershire, UK

Dr D. W. Winnicott 87 Chester Square S W 1 Sloane 9544

7th April 1960.

Mrs. B.E.Dockar-Drysdale,

Parsonage Close,


Nr.Witney, Oxfordshire.

Dear Mrs.Dockar-Drysdale,

I see I have not yet sent you a report following X’s visit to me on 23rd March 1960. Thank you for your notes, and the drawings which I return1. We will be having a talk about him at some date but for your notes I want to report that I found he has made considerable progress.

From the interview I had with him I think of him as being much more of a person in his own right and near to being able to return home and to cope with his mother’s illness. He thinks in terms of going home after the summer term but I would not expect him to be ready by then. He says he will try to join the police. Perhaps he will!

Thank you for the work that your team has done for this child.

Yours sincerely,



1 Reference to Mrs. B.E.Dockar-Drysdale paper originally published in Collected Papers: Vol.3. Foreword to Therapy in Child Care by Barbara Dockar-Drysdale (London, Longman 1968) (pp.ix-x) and in CW 8.2.45 (pp. 409–410). Mrs. B.E. Dockar-Drysdale was an Irish psychotherapist who trained at the Tavistock clinic and at the Maudsley Hospital. She was the joint founder and principal at the Mulberry Bush School a residential special school in Oxfordshire founded in 1948 for children age 5–12 with with severe emotional damage J.S.L.Dockar-Drysdale. She was very close to psychoanalysis, and Winnicott was her greatest mentor.