Contracts in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Second Edition is a practical guide to an essential area of professional knowledge and skills. It provides a unique and informative guide to the nature of counseling contracts, why they are needed and how they are made. For the Second Edition, the book has been thoroughly updated to take account of the BACP ethical framework. New chapters have been added covering legal aspects and making contracts with trainees.

The Use of Contracts in the Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Approach

The use of contracts in the psychodynamic/psychoanalytic approach

Although in laying down the four cornerstones of psychoanalysis (i.e., the unconscious, repression and resistance, sexuality and the Oedipus complex), Freud did not include contracts, these practical arrangements can nevertheless be demonstrated as being significant in his practice of therapy, not simply for practical reasons, but also because of the meaning that might be attached to the observance or breach of contractual arrangements. Everything has significance, according to Freud's view of ‘everyday life’ (1901/2002), including these practical matters. Since psychodynamic therapy and counselling takes its lead from much psychoanalytic thought and practice, it is appropriate to start with such beginnings.

Freud wrote a number of short but highly informative papers from ...

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