Comprising the second volume in the series The Practice of Psychotherapy, this volume brings together six contributors, all members of the London Centre for Psychotherapy, presenting psychoanalytic ideas lucidly illustrated by clinical observatioins taken from the consulting room. Focusing upon such issues as sibling attachment and the impact of maternal absence, this collection of essays offers uniquely personal insights and new idrom psychotherapeutic encounters. The author believes that in each of these papers there is the spark of an original idea...grounded indeed in psychoanalytic theory, but influenced by individual experience and observation in the consulting room.

    EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS, Introduction, CHAPTER ONE The twin in the transference, CHAPTER TWO The children in the apple tree: some thoughts on sibling attachment, CHAPTER THREE "I won't stand next to you when you throw bombs": addressing the perverse in the patient, CHAPTER FOUR Impasse and empathy, CHAPTER FIVE, Thinking without the object: some deformations of the life of the mind brought about by maternal absence, CHAPTER SIX, An absence of mind, REFERENCES, INDEX


    "Bernardine Bishop has a background in academic English, writing and teaching. She is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in London. Angela Foster had a career in social worker and higher education before training as a psychotherapist. She is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice and a partner in Foster Roberts Cardona through which she provides organisational consultancy and professional development services. She has published widely in the field of mental health and is co-editor of and a principal contributor to Managing Mental Health in the Community: chaos and containment (A. Foster & V. Roberts (Eds.), Routledge, 1898). Josephine Klein was an academic for the first twenty years of her professional life and then a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice, now retired. Her two most recent publications are Our Need for Others and its Roots in Infancy. Routledge, previously Tavistock 1987 and Doubts and Uncertainties in the Practice of Psychotherapy (Karnac Books, 1995). Victoria O'Connell comes from a background of work with children with emotional difficulties. She is now a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. "