1st Edition

The Therapeutic Frame in the Clinical Context Integrative Perspectives

By Maria Luca Copyright 2004
    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    How does the therapeutic frame help therapists in their practice?

    The Therapeutic Frame in the Clinical Context examines some of the key issues inherent in the intimate and very often intense therapeutic relationship. It addresses and clarifies perspectives on the creation of a therapeutic environment that is conducive to therapy.

    The book addresses specific aspects of the therapeutic frame. How does a client feel about unexpectedly meeting her psychotherapist's son or daughter? How does a psychotherapist or counsellor practice within a 'frameless', often intrusive environment, in acute hospital wards? How does a counsellor manage the frame in the face of a life-threatening illness?

    Using a wealth of examples from clinical practice, The Therapeutic Frame in the Clinical Context examines these issues and more, in a range of settings including the NHS, private practice, and the workplace, and provides valuable guidelines from a range of theoretical perspectives, including Jungian and psychoanalytic.

    Maria Luca, Boundary Issues in Psychotherapy: From the Literal to the Figurative Frame. James Pollard, We Must Stop Meeting Like This - Unplanned Contact between Psychotherapist and Patient. Andrea Sabbadini, Boundaries of Timelessness: Some Thoughts About the Temporal Dimension of the Psychoanalytic Space. Paola F. Valerio, Broken Boundaries: Perverting the Therapeutic Frame. John Beveridge, 'The Exclusion Zone'. Nick Zinovieff, Therapy in General Practice: Frames Within Frames. Stefano Ferraiolo, You Have Been Framed: Maternity and the Male Psychotherapist. Deborah Killeen, Experiencing the Frame: Psychotherapy from a Client's Perspective. Anne Brockbank, Therapist Illness and Its Impact on the Therapeutic Frame. Greg Madison, Hospital Philosophy and the Frame. Paul Smith-Pickard, Challenging Therapy: An Existential Perspective on the Frame.


    Maria Luca is psychotherapist and clinical consultant in private practice and in the NHS. She is the Director of the MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent's College, London.