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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

Give Time and Space to Work towards an Ending
Give time and space to work towards an ending

The final point to be made in this book may seem very basic and indeed it is, but I have chosen to return to a very basic issue at the end in order to reiterate what I said at the beginning. Attention to what is basic lies at the heart of developing our practice as psychodynamic counsellors.

In a sense the ending is what the client and counsellor begin work together to achieve. Viable and constructive separation leading to a successful adjustment to reality might be considered, if somewhat prosaically, the object of the counselling relationship. In that sense the counsellor must hold the idea of the ending in mind ...

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