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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

Allow Yourself to Become Available for Use in Your Client's Inner World
Allow yourself to become available for use in your client's inner world

Psychodynamic counselling assumes the importance of the client's inner world (Winnicott, 1953). When a client enters a relationship with the counsellor he does so at the level of his deepest need. The quality of his inner world, the nature of his internal objects, will underpin the quality and nature of his relationship to the counsellor. All this will be focused in the transference but none of it may be understood without the capacity of the counsellor to make herself available for use by the client.

As we discussed above, the counsellor provides the setting within which the counselling relationship takes place. A principal ...

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