The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy: Desire, Dreams and Individuation
Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave/ Macmillan (ISBN 0-333-76342-4) (2002)
This is an elucidation Love and Death in Psychotherapy. It gives a powerful sense of the meaning and purpose of Erotic transference in Psychotherapy. It demonstrates the challenges faced by the therapist who experiences a corresponding erotic countertransference.
This book was the fore runner to the new book on Boarding School Syndrome. It is a depth exploration of the damaging effects of early boarding on a sensitive 8 year old child and the lasting impact of the trauma.
Tracing in detail the therapeutic relationship it describes the emergence of the erotic transference and discusses in how to work with it over time in order to liberate the trapped psyche. It is both personal and technical and is a must for students and experienced practitioners of psychotherapy confronted with love in the psychotherapeutic setting .
This account of love and death within the therapeutic relationship is a full length description of an analysis. It is also a detailed account of working in psychotherapy with those affected by the experience of going to boarding school at a young age.
Focussing on the use of dreams in analytic work it gives a post- Jungian view of how dreams reveal psychological movement evoked in the intense engagement of the therapeutic encounter.
Translation in Russian is available
The Dying patient in Psychotherapy: Desire Dreams and Individuation
Russian translation, Moscow. ISBN 5-89353-170-1 (published in 2006)
Cover art by Peter Wilson Click here to see more of his work