There Is No Such Thing as a Therapist: An Introduction to the Therapeutic Process

There Is No Such Thing as a Therapist: An Introduction to the Therapeutic Process

There Is No Such Thing as a Therapist: An Introduction to the Therapeutic Process

There Is No Such Thing as a Therapist: An Introduction to the Therapeutic Process

Synopsis

This book deals with the link between the purpose of therapy and the boundaries of the therapeutic situation, which - the author argues - derive from the omnipresence of the anxiety surrounding separations and death. The theoretical framework of this book is part of a developmental line from Freud, Klein and Winnicott to Langs, via Sartre and Buber.

Excerpt

F rom time to time I have had people come to me for therapy because their previous therapist had committed a serious error, a breach of trust and boundaries. One such client had had a particularly dreadful happening -- the psychotherapist had died abruptly and without apparent previous illness and during a natural therapeutic break. Furthermore, the client had many times and insistently, in the few weeks up to the point of the last contact, warned the therapist of a clear perception on the client's part that the therapist had a dangerous illness. the death of the therapist proved to have been as a result of a potentially surgically curable condition. the fact that a client could, outside the therapist's selfawareness and pathetically unheeded by that therapist, be in possession of knowledge about the therapist is an example of the important message of Carol Holmes' book.

This book deals throughout with the theme of the link between the purpose of therapy and the boundaries of that situation which derive from the omnipresence in the psychological process of the anxieties inherent in separations and death (cf. Robert Langs). the breaking of boundaries can be a collusive event, with the therapist . . .

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