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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

Observe and Digest Your Own Responses to Client Material
Observe and digest your own responses to client material

Transference and counter-transference were recognized early in the development of the psychoanalytic process. However, it was not originally understood that counter-transference could be useful in the counsellor's understanding of the client. Over the years counter-transference has come to be understood as a key factor in the therapeutic relationship without which the counsellor can have no hope of understanding or helping her client (Laplanche and Pontalis, 1973).

Basically the counsellor needs to recognize two kinds of counter-transference. The first is counter-transference proper which we will consider here. The second is neurotic counter-transference, which has for more to do with the counsellor than with the client and is an indication of ...

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