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(1985). Clinical Commentary. Brit. J. Psychother., 1(4):286-289.

(1985). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 1(4):286-289

Clinical Commentary

Clinical Commentary Related Papers

(In this section a short piece of clinical material from an actual session is presented with a brief introduction about the case. The material as published here was sent ‘blind’ to two people who represent different psychotherapeutic schools of thought. They have been asked to comment on the material and the approach of the therapist in the session. The intention in putting these commentaries side by side is to compare the approaches of the different schools in order to facilitate the understanding of alternative terminologies and modes of practice).

Clinical Commentary III

The therapist writes:

The Patients Personal Background

The patient is a 29 nine year old man, divorced and now involved with a woman who is in England for a limited period of time taking a course. He is highly successful in a difficult profession and his present job and workplace are particularly competitive and emotionally bruising.

He was born abroad and when his parents returned to England he was seven years old. His personal care reverted abruptly back to his mother from servants. He remembers the transition as one from relative indulgence to a noticeably stricter regime. From this time on he had a repetitive dream in which he was searching in busy streets for his parents, spotted them, chased them, finally caught up with the couple who turned and revealed they were strangers.

At first his father was the bete noir in therapy, described as puritanical, moralistic and harsh. But it soon seemed, to me at least, that while he was at least involved with the patient, the mother was not.

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