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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

Be Prepared to Get it Wrong and to Build on That
Be prepared to get it wrong and to build on that

Perhaps the last thing that the counsellor in training expects to be of help to her client is that she should make a mistake and get something wrong. However, it is precisely just such a situation, acknowledged and well handled by the counsellor, that can bring about progress in the work (Casement, 1985). Where a counsellor is experienced by the client as being perfect and all-knowing, she may also be experienced as being of no use to him.

The client who comes into psychodynamic counselling does so in search of a good enough fit with the counsellor. Of course he needs her to understand him ...

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