This book illustrates the myriad of ways in which hurt was created. It presents an integrative picture of relational psychotherapists working analytically, dynamically, and somatically with therapeutic failures.
Foreword -- Introduction -- Beyond Binaries -- Introduction to Part I -- Challenging the success-failure polarity in therapeutic practice -- Enactment, acknowledgement, and the bearing of badness -- Life is no picnic -- Techniques: Holding on and Letting Go -- Introduction to Part II -- “Put Down the Duckie”: analytic vigour, rigour, and relinquishment -- Technique as therapeutic escape -- Old ladies, exhausted souls, and a large sack of healing herbs -- Enactments: When Biographies and Self-States Converge -- Introduction to Part III -- The fear of breakdown and the fear from breakthrough -- Failing with dignity -- A Failure with a capital F -- Affects on the Edge -- Introduction to Part IV -- Like a drop at the lip of a glass -- Daring anger and intimacy: clinical failure or success? -- Broader Perspectives -- Introduction to Part V -- An informal account of therapeutic outcomes in one practice of psychotherapy over a twenty year period -- We met in borrowed space -- Failures, challenges, and learning within the field of intercultural psychotherapy, supervision, and training -- Losing my religion? Psychotherapeutic practice as repetition compulsion of character rigidity