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Chapter 4: Personal Therapy
The Value of Personal Therapy
Purely from my own point of view I would say that perhaps the most important aspect of personal therapy has been in ‘trusting the process’ – not as a phrase that is trotted out but as a deeply important experiencing of the meaning of it for myself. (Barbara Douglas, Counselling Psychologist, North West Centre for Eating Disorders, personal communication, 1996)
Personal therapy is widely (but not universally) accepted as a useful if not essential part of the training of a therapist. This belief dates back to the earliest days of counselling and psychotherapy. It is part of our Freudian inheritance and stems from the assumption that only (some of) the analysed are fit to be analysts. Jung (1966: 132) ...