This book is about the difficulty of endings, but it is also about learning from the endings that we know have gone wrong as well as those that have worked well. It sets out how the psychological therapist can help a person to live well while life is available, and to face the endings that confront all of us with honesty, and the acceptance of our human fragility. Therapists suffer through the fears and failures of the people they see as well as through their own endings. These difficulties can either help each one to be more understanding and helpful, or can lead to disaster. This book is about making sure that we use experience as well as theory constructively.
Lesley Murdin practises as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She teaches and supervises in many contexts and has considerable experience in running psychotherapy organisations. She has worked for the registering bodies UKCP and BPC, chairing committees over many years. She was CEO and National Director of WPF Therapy and is now Chair of the psychoanalytic section of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling. She has published numerous books and papers.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR UKCP SERIES PREFACE Alexandra Chalfont and Philippa WeitzINTRODUCTION CHAPTER ONE Ending causes pain CHAPTER TWO Time in psychotherapy CHAPTER THREE The patient decides to end CHAPTER FOUR The therapist's loss CHAPTER FIVE The trouble with ending CHAPTER SIX Therapy is a manic defence CHAPTER SEVEN Hopes and desires CHAPTER EIGHT Was there a choice? REFERENCES INDEX