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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

Identify and Address Resistance to the Counselling
Identify and address resistance to the counselling

It will be helpful to turn our attention to the issue of resistance at this point, since the focus of the transference is also likely to be the focus for resistance. Resistance is that activity of the client which expresses his most acute need to defend himself in that area of his experience where he feels most vulnerable. Within the counselling relationship it becomes a primary task to identify and work with the resistance before it is really possible to address other issues (Lambert, 1981).

In itself resistance is not that difficult to identity: it is withdrawal of the client from cooperation in the endeavour of counselling to deal with his problems. It ...

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