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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

Pay Particular Attention to Beginnings and Endings
Pay particular attention to beginnings and endings

Much of the difficulty in being in the counselling relationship is for the counsellor to know how to orientate herself in relation to the client. At the outset of the relationship it may seem clear enough why a client is seeking counselling; an experience of loss or depression, difficulties in forming relationships and so on. But what is going on once the counselling has become established? How does the counsellor make sense of what is happening once the presenting problem is no longer the focus of the narrative? Alternatively, where a client seems to have a lot to say about a number of apparently quite different things, how might the counsellor decide what ...

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