The Impossibility of Sex: Stories of the Intimate Relationship between Therapist and Client

Author(s) : Susie Orbach

The Impossibility of Sex: Stories of the Intimate Relationship between Therapist and Client

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2005
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 224
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 21241
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855753334
  • ISBN 10 : 1855753332

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In these intriguing accounts, Susie Orbach, the celebrated author of Fat is a Feminist Issue, presents us with six imaginary clinical cases, including Adam, the serial seducer; Belle, the compulsive liar; and Joanne, the self-mutilator. Through them, Orbach presents an intriguing look into the hidden world of the consulting room. She demonstrates the way the therapist analyses her own feelings as well of those of the other person, making the therapy relationship a uniquely special place in which discoveries can be made, which enable the patient to change. Bravely, she details failure as well as success. The latter is not denoted by a triumphant denouement but by ensuring the patient is enabled to utilise new ways of thinking after therapy.

Reviews and Endorsements

'Orbach powerfully captures the risks, the excitements and the emotional truths of the psychotherapeutic process…intelligent and honest.'
- Anthony Clare, Literary Review

' Orbach's elegant new book is about the feelings that a therapist might have in their day-to-day work with patients…here we have the living, breathing, sweating therapist with a body and with desires.'
- Darian Leader, Observer

'An extraordinary picture of the therapist at work…She writes bravely and what comes shining through is the risk, the balancing act that each party to the therapy is involved in.'
- Penelope Dening, Irish Times

About the Author(s)

Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist and writer. She co-founded the Women's Therapy Centre and Antidote, the organisation promoting emotional literacy and is a visiting Professor at the LSE. She has a practice seeing individuals and couples and consulting to organisations. Her numerous works include Fat is a Feminist Issue (1978), Hunger Strike (1986), The Impossibility of Sex (1999), and On Eating (2002).

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