The Psychotherapist and the Professional Complaint: The Shadow Side of Psychotherapy

Editor : Adah Sachs, Editor : Valerie Sinason

The Psychotherapist and the Professional Complaint: The Shadow Side of Psychotherapy

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : November 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
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    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 96576
  • ISBN 13 : 9781913494612
  • ISBN 10 : 1913494616
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Patients should be safe and have the power to complain when things go wrong. Equally, so should the therapist. Curiously, there are no procedures in place to protect the psychotherapist from being abused by their patients. This omission is particularly glaring regarding

complaints: the current complaint procedure, unintentionally, punishes even the innocent therapist.

In The Psychotherapist and the Professional Complaint, the authors explore this dilemma with sensitivity and rigour. Amongst these chapters, the contributors examine how to constructively deal with conflict, the role of professional unions in protecting their members and the current complaint procedures in NHS services. This hopeful book provides essential support for professionals and policymakers in the field of psychotherapy.



Part 1: Receiving a complaint: experience and reflections

Adah Sachs: The psychotherapist, the profession and the professional complaint

Fiona Farley: When healing is halted by fear

Anne Kearns: Love and hate in the time of Covid

Kay Beaumont: A constructive way of dealing with conflict

Valerie Sinason: Complaints in the field of dissociative disorders: six key categories

Part 2: Professional complaints: the past

Brett Kahr: Filing psychoanalytical complaints in the pre-ethical era: from verbal assaults to the crushing of the larynx

Lesley Ironside: Serving two masters; a patient, a therapist and an allegation of sexual abuse

Emerald Davies in interview with Valerie Sinason: Then and now: a historical perspective

Part 3: Professional complaints: towards the future

Philp Stokoe: The unique nature of boundaries in psychoanalytic therapy and the implication for ethics and complaints procedures

Romanie Dekker & Rajnish Attavar: Complaints and incident procedures for clinicians in the NHS

Philip Cox: Uses, misuses and abuses of Fitness to Practise processes

Philp Cox, Richard Bagnall-Oakley, Sasha Kaplin: The Psychotherapy and Counselling Union: therapists supporting therapists through complaints


Julie Norris & Andrew Campbell: Reform

About the Editor(s)

Adah Sachs has worked for many years as a psychotherapist in psychiatric hospitals, first at St Clements (the Royal London Hospital) and then at Huntercombe Manor, a special hospital for adolescents. She is a visiting lecturer and a training supervisor at the Centre for Child Mental Health and at the Centre for Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, as well as in her private practice.

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Valerie Sinason is a poet, writer, child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst. She is Founder Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies and President of the Institute for Psychotherapy. She is an Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist at the University of Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic and Chair of Trustees of the First People Centre, New Bethesda, South Africa. She is a Patron of Dorset Action on Abuse (DAA), editor of Trauma Dissociation and Multiplicity and co-editor of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy after Child abuse. She has published numerous articles and books, including two poetry collections. Valerie Sinason was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the ISSTD (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation) in April 2016.

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