Diversity, Discipline and Devotion in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Clinical and Training Perspectives

Author(s) : Gertrud Mander

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Diversity, Discipline and Devotion in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Clinical and Training Perspectives

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2007
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 208
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Category 2 :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 25069
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855754737
  • ISBN 10 : 1855754738

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This book is a selection of papers written over 25 years of practising psychoanalytic psychotherapy, of training and supervising psychotherapists, psychodynamic counsellors and supervisors. It reflects a preoccupation with the growth and diversification of counselling and psychotherapy, with the imperatives of training, supervision and regulation, and with the significant changes in the profession due to the invention of brief, time-limited, intermittent and recurrent psychotherapy.

An overall theme is the conviction that what patients and therapists share is vulnerability, and that the therapist is a ‘wounded healer’, whose reparative tendency informs his professional choice, his therapeutic empathy and his capacity to bear the rigours of therapeutic work. Thus an unconscious connection between the helper and the helped is the driving force of every therapeutic relationship, for better and for worse. Its responsible management requires thorough training, ongoing supervision and a firm frame in order to contain the powerful forces operating when two strangers meet for the purpose of therapy.

The range of subjects reflects two decades of professional experience and embraces many distinctive themes, some of which have since been taken further by other writers, like sibling rivalry, frequency of meetings, the methodology of brief therapy, problems of fatherhood, methods of child rearing, identity and abuse. The selection of topics represents the author’s thinking as a dedicated clinician who persistently assessed and reassessed in her daily work the techniques and the theoretical assumptions of her clinical and training practice.

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'Gertrud Mander’s collected papers reflect more than 25 years thoughtful engagement with her major interests in the field. They demonstrate the diversity of her thinking, within a discipline that shows no sign of the rigidity that has at times slowed down new ways of working, such as onceweekly therapy, and time-limited brief therapy. The papers also shine with Dr Mander’s devotion to her work, and her love of literature and ideas.'
- Michael Jacobs, Fellow of BACP, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University

'Freud contrasted the pure gold of psychoanalysis with the alloys of less intensive psychotherapy. Gertrud Mander energetically champions these less intensive therapies-once-a-week, short-term and recurrent-out of the rich store of her more than 25 years' clinical experience. In other chapters she discusses specific issues: the role of fathers, the effect of paternal absence in wars, sibling rivalry, the real nature of Truby King’s contribution. Throughout these highly readable papers we meet a warm, active-minded, practical therapist, firmly earthed in the abundant specifics of the consulting-room, able both to think outside the box and to appreciate deeply the range and richness of the analytic traditions. A democratic voice in a profession often accused of exaggerated hierarchy.'
- David M. Black, Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society

'Gertrud Mander brings to bear her many years of practice, teaching and writing together in this book of essays. Although the thrust of the writing is within the psychodynamic framework, she tackles many of the contemporary issues in psychological therapies of all kinds. It will therefore make excellent reading for those practitioners looking for a wider, considered view.'
- Douglas Hooper, Former President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

About the Author(s)

Gertrud Mander originally worked as a journalist and translator, before retraining as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation in London, where she was as a supervisor and trainer of supervisors for twenty three years. She has published widely in the field, mostly in the British Journal of Psychotherapy, where she is a member of the Editorial Board, and the book 'A Psychodynamic Approach to Brief Therapy'. This book is a collection of essays written over two decades and reflects her wide interests in the field of psychotherapy and counselling.

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