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Countertransference and Alive Moments

Help or Hindrance

By R.D. Hinshelwood

Countertransference and Alive Moments

This book deals with the nitty-gritty of understanding why counter-transference remains an on-going challenge for psychotherapists and psychoanalysts. Over the years the em-phasis has moved from theoretical disapproval to potential clinical advantage.


This advantage is in practice often hard to achieve, sometimes due to the fear of the closeness in the psychoanalyst as much as in the patient. This thorough and thoughtful book will help students and more seasoned practitioners understand the way differing trends in understanding countertransference connect, relate and sometimes contradict.


It aims to provide practical insight into the way countertransference experiences can be grasped, worked through and then worked with to powerful and good effect in the clinical work.

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Published 2016 (Process Press) - ISBN: 9781899209170 - 290 Pages - Paperback Rights: World

R.D. Hinshelwood (born 1938) is an English psychiatrist and academic. He is a Professor of Psychoanalytic Studies at the Univ. of Essex. He trained as a doctor and psychiatrist. He has taken an interest in the Therapeutic Community movement since 1974, and was founding editor of The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities (in 1980), having edited. with Nick Manning, Therapeutic Communities. Reflections and Progress (1979, London: Routledge).

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