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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

Observe and Respond to Your Client's Activities Around the Boundaries
Observe and respond to your client's activities around the boundaries

Having established a sense of the therapeutic setting, the counsellor now has a defined space within which she can meet her client. Because she is clear in herself about that setting she is able to attend to her client's behaviour in relation to the boundaries of the setting. Everything that happens within a therapeutic relationship is an attempt at communication, whether consciously or unconsciously determined, and this is particularly so in relation to activities around the boundaries.

As you hold your stance and observe your client you will see him behaving within the container you have provided. He may seek to insert himself compliantly, doing his utmost ...

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