Learning from Our Mistakes: Beyond Dogma in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

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This book focuses on the issue of mistakes in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapy--the inevitability of making them, as far as possible how to avoid them, and what therapists can do to transform potential disasters into a means for growth in themselves as well as the patient. Further developing the creative therapeutic approach first elaborated in his classic Learning from the Patient, distinguished clinician and author Patrick Casement makes a compelling case for being open-minded rather than dogmatic in clinical practice. He shows how analysts can become blind to their own mistakes, and even more significantly, can fail to recognize when their efforts to guide or control the therapeutic process have become a problem for the patient. A wealth of evocative case material is used to illustrate how the process of internal supervision can facilitate heightened awareness of the patient's experience within the clinical encounter. Written with rare candor, this book challenges many traditional assumptions even as it affirms the healing power of psychodynamic work. It will be read with pleasure by practicing therapists as well as students and trainees.

Winner--Gradiva Award, National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis

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Patrick Casement, who trained with the British Association of Psychotherapists, has been a psychoanalyst and therapist in full-time private practice for many years. He is also a training and supervising analyst of the British Psycho-Analytical Society. His previous books, On Learning from the Patient and Further Learning from the Patient, are available in one volume from Guilford as Learning from the Patient.

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Foreword, Nancy McWilliams Introduction 1. Getting There: The Unfolding Potential of Psychoanalysis 2. Mistakes in Psychoanalysis, and Trying to Avoid Them 3. The Experience of a Session: Trying to Communicate It 4. Towards Autonomy: Some Thoughts on Psychoanalytic Supervision 5. Some Hazards in Being Helpful in Psychotherapy 6. Re-enactment and Resolution 7. To Hold or Not to Hold a Patient's Hand: Further Reflections 8. Impingement and Space: Issues of Technique 9. The Unknown Beyond the Known Epilogue: Getting Where? Appendix: Some Pressures on the Analyst for Physical Contact during the Reliving of an Early Trauma

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