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What do Patients Want? : Psychoanalytic Perspectives from the Couch - Christine A. S. Hill

What do Patients Want?

Psychoanalytic Perspectives from the Couch

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`Most accounts of a patient's experience in analysis are autobiographical and, therefore, highly selective for good and bad. Finally, here is a level-headed account from sensitive interviews that explore patients' experiences on the couch. This is a beautiful report of a qualitative study, conducted with great respect and compassion, which moves the field forward by presenting this unique process through patients' narratives rather than via the sometimes rose-tinted spectacles of the clinician. We should be indebted to Hill for the clarity and integrity of her representation and to the patients for the sometimes painfully honest and fascinating accounts of what they encountered along the analytic journey. This is a remarkable opportunity for all clinicians to take a look at themselves at work. It should be compulsory reading for all those in training and for all those who practise psychoanalytic therapy.' Peter Fonagy, PhD, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, Head of Research Department, UCL, London; Chief Executive, the Anna Freud Centre, London

`Christine Hill's book is a novel addition to the literature on the outcome of psychoanalysis... Reading the detailed, often poignant, and only rarely cynical, comments by these ex-analysands is deeply gratifying to the salesman, the consumer, the voyeur, the student, and the researcher within all of us. Hill's comprehensive treatment of the subject leaves us with insights that can only enhance the grasp and praxis of our enterprise.' Salman Akhtar, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Jefferson Medical College, Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

`The considerable strength of this book is its intelligent and original review of the basics of technique like transference and countertransference, with respect to patients' grasp of what psychoanaysis is; comments on the remarkable paucity of literature of any type from patients' perspectives; with a concluding chapter on the network of findings useful to the clinician. I was particularly struck by the findings regarding power dynamics in the section on patient---partner not patient---victim; the orientation of the patients as part of establishing a working alliance; comments on the rigidity or flexibility of the analyst's personality vis a vis theoretical school; and the role of the patient in setting outcomes. Dr Hill has produced a gem that will linger for a long time in the minds of its readers.' Stuart W. Twemlow, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College Medicine, Houston, Texas Teaching Faculty, Houston Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute, Senior Psychiatrist, The Menninger Clinic Hospital

This is one of few published books which presents psychoanalysis from the patient's experiences. This study has far-reaching implications for both theory and clinical practice in psychoanalysis.'Most accounts of a patients' experience in analysis are autobiographical and therefore highly selective for good and bad. Finally, here is a level-headed account from sensitive interviews that explore the patients' experiences on the couch. This is a beautiful report of a qualitative study, conducted with great respect and compassion, which moves the field forward by presenting this unique process through the patients' narratives rather than via the sometimes rose-tinted spectacles of the clinician. We should be indebted to Hill for the clarity and integrity of her representation and to the patients for the sometimes painfully honest and fascinating accounts of what they encountered along the analytic journey. This is a remarkable opportunity for all clinicians to take a look at themselves at work. It should be compulsory reading for all those in training and for all those who practise psychoanalytic therapy.' - Peter Fonagy'Christine Hill's book is a novel edition to the literature on the outcome of psychoanalysis. Reading the detailed, often poignant and only rarely cynical, comments by these ex-analysands is deeply gratifying to the salesman, the consumer, the voyeur, the student, and the researcher within all of us. Hill's comprehensive treatment of the subject leaves us with insights that can only enhance the grasp and praxis of our enterprise.'- Salman Akhtar, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Jefferson Medical College, Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia 'The considerable strength of this book is its intelligent and original review of the basics of technique like transference and countertransference, with respect to patients' grasp of what psychoanalysis is; comments on the remarkable paucity of literature of any type from patients' perspectives; with a concluding chapter on the network of findings useful to the clinician. I was particularly struck by the findings regarding power dynamics in the section on patient-partner not patient-victim; the orientation of the patients as part of establishing a working alliance; comments on the rigidity or flexibility of the analyst's personality vis a vis theoretical school; and the role of the patient in setting outcomes. Dr Hill has produced a gem that will linger for a long time in the minds of its readers.'- Stuart W.Twemlow MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College Medicine, Houston, Texas Teaching Faculty, Houston Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute, Senior Psychiatrist, The Menninger Clinic Hospital

Acknowledgementsp. vii
About the Authorp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introduction: Central conceptual issuesp. xxv
Meeting the challengep. 1
Beginning the analytic journeyp. 11
Working with the transferencep. 39
The quality of engagementp. 59
The paternal transferencep. 87
Ending the analysisp. 113
Post analytic reflectionsp. 127
A difficult question: to recommend analysis or not?p. 139
Drawing together key findingsp. 151
Clinical implications for psychoanalytic practicep. 175
Referencesp. 179
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9781855757196
ISBN-10: 1855757192
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 25th October 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36