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Psychotherapy and the Interminable Patient

1st Edition

By E Mark Stern, Jerome Travers, Phd


144 pages

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Hardback: 9780866566353
pub: 1986-12-22
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Experts discuss the issues psychotherapists face in the treatment of long-term patients, including separation and autonomy.

Table of Contents

Contents Interminableness in Psychotherapy: Propositions and Prefaces

  • Introduction: Therapy Helps But It Doesn’t Cure: A Humbled Look at Long-Term Treatment
  • The Wolf-Man: A Sad and Interminable Tale
  • When Is Enough Enough: Issues of Interminability
  • Psychotherapy: Without Beginning, Without End
  • “Therapy Is My Hobby”: Pseudointimacy and the Interminable Patient
  • How They Cling Like Shadows: Object Relations and the Difficult Patient
  • Patients for Life: The Case for Devotion
  • Dependency and Truth
  • The Interminable Refusal to Be a Patient and the Equally Interminable Opposition to End the Non-Treatment Relationship
  • Termination: A Never-Ending Process
  • The Psychotherapist as the Interminable Patient
  • Productive Psychotherapy With the Interminable Patient
  • The Resolution of a Paranoid Episode in the First Year of a Lengthy Treatment
  • The Interminable Patient and the Terminable Therapist
  • Coping With the Interminable Patient: Eight Suggestions for Therapists

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