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`This book deals with many aspects of psychodynamic counselling from the minutiae of the extrinsic context, such as decor, through the "therapeutic stance of attentive reserve" on to an elaboration of the elements of a therapeutic relationship... the book is liberally garnished with case studies... informative and thought-provoking... a useful resource to those teaching psychodynamic principles... If you are new to psychodynamic work, this book could be a safe and helpful guide... The ideas and techniques offered by the author may also prove intriguing and even inspiring to those (like me) from a different therapeutic orientation' - The International Journal of Social Psychiatry Psychodynamic counselling has d

Resist the Invitations of the Client to Collusion
Resist the invitations of the client to collusion

Nothing is straightforward in human relationships and this is as true for the psychodynamic counselling relationship as it is for any other. As surely as the client seeks help for himself by coming into counselling he will also place obstacles in the way of this help. One of the ways in which the client will do this is to invite the counsellor into collusion. Basically what I mean by this is that the client will seek to establish a spurious sense of intimacy or mutuality from early on in the relationship. Some clients will do this by immediately addressing the counsellor by her first name or by talking in such ...

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