Life in the Consulting Room: Portraits

Author(s) : A.H. Brafman

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Life in the Consulting Room: Portraits

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : June 2018
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 208
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 38740
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782206392
  • ISBN 10 : 1782206396

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This book offers a series of noteworthy vignettes that occurred in the author’s consulting room. Although the context and objective of each consultation varied, the decision to present them here is due to a particularly interesting feature of the patient’s life or a significant point that arose during their interview with the author. Many of the cases have issues of academic interest but these are not pursued here. Instead, these accounts should be seen as portraits, “snapshots” that were considered emotionally interesting and intellectually stimulating. Some of these patients were in short or long-term therapy, but most cases were being assessed to determine whether psychotherapy was in fact the best way of helping them. No doubt all psychodynamic practitioners will have met some of these findings in their practice, but the present book offers a particularly significant collection of clinical episodes.

Two of the book’s chapters describe original findings of the author: one describes patients who struggle with an unconscious feeling of “non-entitlement” to fulfil their potential. The other puts forward a hypothesis to explain why some men are incapable to have effective penetrative sex. A further chapter contains medical students’ reports of their learning experiences.

About the Author(s)

A. H. Brafman trained as a psychoanalyst of adults and children. In his NHS career he worked as a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and for many years ran a group for parents and under-fives. He ran Infant Observation courses at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and also seminars on psychodynamic work with children, adolescents and adults for the British Society of Psychoanalysis and several other training organizations. He was also Honorary Lecturer at University Hospital Medical School, where he taught students and psychotherapy trainees. He has published a number of books, including Untying the Knot, Fostering Independence: Helping and Caring in Psychodynamic Therapies, and The Language of Drawings: A New Finding in Psychodynamic Work.

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