When Hurt Remains: Relational Perspectives on Therapeutic Failure

Editor : Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar, Editor : Rachel Shalit

When Hurt Remains: Relational Perspectives on Therapeutic Failure

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2016
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 208
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 36091
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782202073
  • ISBN 10 : 1782202072

Reviews and Endorsements

‘Sometimes, more often than we think, and more regularly than we discuss with students or with each other, therapies end badly. It is difficult enough to face this when the therapy has been brief, but quite painful and problematic when the therapeutic relationship has gone on for some or many years. It is not that these failed endings mean that nothing good has been achieved over the years, but rather that some significant hopes were not fulfilled, or that personal injuries between patient and analyst could not be worked out, resolved or forgiven, or that one partner got burnt out and withdrew before the other. These are among the most painful experiences of a therapist’s career and they are rarely acknowledged and discussed publicly or in the therapist’s education. When Hurt Remains brings together leading therapists writing on a range of hurts, injuries, and failures, providing an important and wide-ranging contribution that will be of value to students, professionals, patients and the public.’
- Lewis Aron, PhD, Director, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

‘Near the end of his life, André Green wrote a book about cases he failed with. The present volume expands the subject of therapeutic failure, viewing it from many angles, colours, and tones. In effect, it expands the meaning of failure. There are failures that are profoundly tragic and the last word is heartbreak. Yet much failure is relative and can open as well as close doors, leading to unexpected possibilities of experience.’
— Michael Eigen, PhD, author of Image, Sense, Infinities, and Everyday Life

Sign up for our new titles email   Sign up to our postal mailing list   Sign up for postal updates