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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

Negotiate and Articulate Clearly the Therapeutic Contract
Negotiate and articulate clearly the therapeutic contract

In the foregoing points we have been considering the way in which the formal setting of the counselling room and the formal aspects of the counsellor's behaviour contribute to establishing a therapeutic container within which psychodynamic counselling may take place. A third and equally important element in establishing the idea of a container is the clear negotiation and articulation of the therapeutic contract.

At one level the therapeutic contract is an ethical requirement which provides an explicit framework within which the two parties agree the terms on which they meet (IPC, 1994). Beyond that, I believe that the therapeutic contract also sets the parameters of the counselling relationship at the level of external reality ...

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