`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

Maintaining Boundaries in Psychotherapy: A View from Evolutionary Psychoanalysis

Maintaining boundaries in psychotherapy: A view from evolutionary psychoanalysis
David LivingstoneSmith

I have been asked to write a chapter defending the thesis that strictly maintaining boundaries is essential to the responsible practice of psychotherapy. As the title implies, I will approach the subject from an evolutionary psychoanalytic perspective. Although the first part of my discussion may strike the reader as somewhat arcane and remote from the practical and ethical issues of psychotherapy, the initial sections lay the groundwork for a clinically focused discussion in the latter half of the chapter.

The Rules of the Game

What makes a game, for instance the game of chess? It isn't the physical equipment, an eight-by-eight black and white matrix and a set of ...

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