`My congratulations to Colin Feltham for assembling a set of contentious issues and lively authors which together made me forget my surroundings' - Person-Centred Practice `Editor Colin Feltham's choice of topics shows an astute, on the ground awareness of the issues that dog the industry, while still making lively reading' - New Therapist In this book, leading practitioners, critics and commentators take sides on many topical and core debates including: · Theoretical issues: Does the unconscious really exist? Is birth trauma a fiction? Should one believe in `false memories'? · Clinical issues: Is ther
Chapter 14: The Limitations of Boundaries
The Limitations of Boundaries
Doesn't it strike you as strange that the rules governing boundary issues in virtually all types of psychotherapy today are based on the ideas of an elderly misanthropist living in turn-of-the-century Vienna and that this man, Sigmund Freud, himself broke every rule he ever invented, especially the rule that the therapist should be a tabula rasa onto whom the patient can project?
It is my contention in this chapter that the all-pervading influence of Freud's ideas has driven psychotherapy and counselling into an intellectual straitjacket which restricts therapy both as an intellectual process and also as a practical process. These restrictions are expressed in terms of boundaries and I suggest that if we were less keen on boundaries and ...