This study examines the qualitative and quantitative effects of a short-term, psychodynamically oriented video-feedback intervention in an Italian sample (n = 30) of non-clinical mothers with high potential dyadic risk due to work–family conflict. We adopted a psychodynamically informed and video-assisted approach based on theoretical and clinical assumptions that are used in psychodynamically oriented dialogue and observations. We proposed a cycle of four clinically oriented consultations including a single video feedback session, using the CARE-Index for both assessment and intervention. Independent t-tests were computed to evaluate how effective the programme was in reducing parental stress. We present two case examples in order to discuss the process of change in maternal attitudes activated by the programme. Quantitative findings revealed a drastic reduction of the participants’ resistance in recognising conflictual aspects of their parenting experience. From a qualitative perspective, the video feedback programme solicited three psychic functions: mirroring, resignifying and repairing. We highlight the key role of the observer’s countertransference and of her relationship with the mother in creating a safe and transformative setting. Results are encouraging in using our programme to help mothers to improve their holding function. We discuss possibilities for reinforcing the relevant changes obtained by extending the programme.
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