How Much is Enough?: Endings in Psychotherapy & Counselling by Lesley Murdin

By Lesley Murdin

How a lot is sufficient? addresses this significant query, taking a look at the explanations why remedy can move on for too lengthy or can come to a destructively untimely finishing, and delivering recommendation on the right way to keep away from both, with a well timed end. utilizing shiny examples and functional guidance, Lesley Murdin examines the theoretical, technical and moral points of endings. She emphasises that it isn't in simple terms the sufferer who must swap if one is to accomplish a passable consequence. The therapist needs to observe the adjustments in him/herself that are had to let an finishing in psychotherapy. How a lot is adequate? is a different contribution to healing literature, and may turn out valuable to scholars and execs alike.

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Accept these feelings without reciprocating them overtly. Since the therapist will not reciprocate, we might expect that ending will come out of despair. The therapist will never respond as the patient wishes and therefore he or she will give up and go elsewhere. This is the Oedipal theory of ending therapy. Just as the child must relinquish the parent whom he can never marry, the patient must relinquish the therapist and move on to other relationships outside. In long-term therapy this may be precisely what happens.

In recent years the emphasis has shifted from the past and the recovery of memories to a much greater reliance on change happening in and through the present relationship with the therapist. The past is seen as corroboration of the truths being discovered in the present. Therapy undoubtedly generates the specific form of the emotions produced and is responsible for the way in which memories appear and the time at which they appear. Yet this provides an opportunity to engineer 24 THE GOAL OF RESOLVING TRANSFERENCE a different outcome to situations that have been experienced in essence before.

Nevertheless, common to all 23 HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? therapies is the highly significant and emotionally charged relationship that is likely to develop and in some models is encouraged. The problem is then, how and why should such a relationship end and how satisfactory can the ending be? There are two possibilities for models that work with feelings and images transferred from the past on to present experience. Either the old images can be completely dissolved, or a better relationship with the present can be achieved while still preserving some of the emotions and images from the past.

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