The Past in the Present: Therapy Enactments and the Return of Trauma

Editor : David Mann, Editor : Valerie Cunningham

The Past in the Present: Therapy Enactments and the Return of Trauma

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2009
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 216
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Category 2 :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 27877
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415433709
  • ISBN 10 : 0415433703
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Brings together for the first time contemporary ideas from both the psychoanalytic and humanist therapy traditions, looking at how trauma and enactments affect psychotherapeutic practice. Enactments are often experienced as a crisis in therapy and are understood as symbolic interactions between the client and therapist, where personal issues of both parties become unconsciously entwined. This is arguably especially true if the client has undergone some form of trauma. This trauma becomes enacted in the therapy and becomes a turning point that significantly influences the course of therapy, sometimes with creative or even destructive effect. Using a wealth of clinical material throughout, the contributors show how therapists from different therapeutic orientations are thinking about and working with enactments in therapy, how trauma enactment can affect the therapeutic relationship and how both therapist and client can use it to positive effect. "The Past in the Present" will be invaluable to practitioners and students of analytic and humanistic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, analytic psychology and counselling.

About the Editor(s)

David Mann is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in Tunbridge Wells. He was previously a consultant psychotherapist in the NHS for 15 years. He is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council and the UK Council for Psychotherapy. He has run his workshop, 'Working with the Erotic Transference and Countertransference', around the UK and Europe. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters and is the editor of three significant books on the erotic transference, love and hate, and trauma.

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