`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 16: Personal Therapy as a Training Requirement: The Lack of Supporting Evidence
Personal Therapy as a Training Requirement: The Lack of Supporting Evidence
The requirement for personal therapy in the training of psychotherapists has a long history. It was Freud (1910/1957) who first suggested that a personal analysis should be the core part of training which would enhance the efficiency of analysts in their practice. Later, Freud (1937/1964) reiterated this claim, stating that the ideal qualification for the psychoanalyst was a training analysis. In this paper Freud in fact goes further and suggests that periodic reanalysis may also be desirable, if not indeed necessary, for practising therapists. At this point it is pertinent to note that Freud did not have the experience of didactic analysis himself. He conducted ...