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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

Respect and Interpret Your Client's Defences
Respect and interpret your client's defences

As you begin working with clients you will soon discover that the very person who is asking for help will apparently withdraw their cooperation. Resistance, as it is called, is a form of defence and therefore its purpose is to protect the client. Understanding the client's need to defend himself is absolutely basic, and without it the counselling relationship is likely to founder on the rocks of resistance (Lambert, 1982).

The need for defence potentially presents the counselling couple with something of an impasse, since it is likely that defences will have to come down if progress is to be made and yet protecting himself against pain is going to be important to the client. ...

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