Taking the Transference, Reaching Toward Dreams: Clinical Studies in the Intermediate Area

Author(s) : M. Gerard Fromm

Taking the Transference, Reaching Toward Dreams:  Clinical Studies in the Intermediate Area

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2012
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 32473
  • ISBN 13 : 9781780490564
  • ISBN 10 : 1780490569

Reviews and Endorsements

‘Gerard Fromm has worked most of his clinical lifetime at the Austen Riggs Center, and those of us who have been privileged to hear him present his work or discuss ideas have eagerly awaited this book. Fromm is, in my view, without equal in his integration of theories of psychoanalysis and clinical work; indeed, he takes his place alongside great American psychoanalysts such as Harold Searles, Bryce Boyer, and Peter Giovacchini, and thus renews a certain "voice" that is singularly American and deeply creative.’
- Christopher Bollas, author of The Shadow of the Object and The Freudian Moment

‘In this book, based on his decades of work at the prestigious Austen Riggs Center, Gerard Fromm illustrates technical concepts in the treatment of “difficult patients” and provides case reports. He is an excellent teacher. We learn from him how to examine and evaluate Donald Winnicott’s fascinating observations and how to utilize them in a therapeutic setting. Above all, Fromm evolves as a role model for psychotherapists dealing with the most challenging of patients, as we read what he hears from them and how he responds. This book is a rare treasure.’
- Vamık Volkan, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, and author of Psychoanalytic Technique Expanded: A Textbook of Psychoanalytic Treatment

‘This is a beautifully realised body of clinical work accumulated over a long period with very challenging patients, offered by a master clinician and teacher. Dr Fromm’s brilliantly contemporary and creative psychoanalytic therapeutic work is mutually influenced by his role as director of the Erikson Institute at the historically pioneering in- and out-patient psychiatric facilities of the Austen Riggs Center. In an exemplary fashion, he teaches us how to use psychoanalytic theory to its best advantage, so that it helps, inspires and guides, but never dominates lived experience and fresh interaction with his patients. Winnicott is his favorite beacon. This is a clinically exhilarating read in its sustaining hopefulness for profound psychodynamic understanding.’
- Rosemary H. Balsam, Training and Supervising Analyst, Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis; Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale Medical School; Staff Psychiatrist, Yale University Student Mental Health and Counselling Services

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