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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

Accept and Contain the Development of Negativity in the Transference
Accept and contain the development of negativity in the transference

Recognizing and dealing with resistance is important, as we have seen. It is also important to recognize and to work with negativity in the transference (Sandler et al., 1973). As the counsellor sets out to help her client, somewhere within herself she may nurture the idea that the client may come to love her for her efforts on his behalf. We might expect that such an idea forms at least a part of the inner motivation of the counsellor in choosing to involve herself in this most stressful work. Accepting and working with the negativity, the hatred even, of the client, may mount a considerable challenge to ...

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