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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

Assess Your Client's Availability for a Therapeutic Alliance
Assess your client's availability for a therapeutic alliance

The term therapeutic alliance refers to that agreement between the counsellor and the client to work together in counselling. It differs from the therapeutic contract which, as we have seen, addresses the parameters of the counselling relationship at both internal and external levels. The therapeutic alliance is about that intention of the client and the counsellor to allow their relationship to be therapeutic. While it is not explicitly articulated, it is as if both parties agree that whatever happens between them they will seek to understand it in terms which will serve the underlying therapeutic aim of the counselling (Sandler et al., 1973).

It must be assumed, though it cannot always ...

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