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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

Allow for the Importance and Impact of Gaps, Breaks and Interruptions to the Counselling
Allow for the importance and impact of gaps, breaks and interruptions to the counselling

At its most basic we can say that psychodynamic counselling happens once a week at the same time for 50 minutes. There is, therefore, a reliability, a regularity and a rhythm in the experience of such a counselling relationship which provides us with useful markers for our thinking about any variations that may occur. If we remember that the counselling relationship itself invites regression, it may help us to give due weight to the impact of the time spent away from the session.

The first rupture to the experience of therapeutic continuity is inevitably the gap that is there ...

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