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Rycroft, C. (1995). On Beginning Treatment. Brit. J. Psychother., 11(4):514-521.

(1995). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 11(4):514-521

On Beginning Treatment

Charles Rycroft

In ‘On Beginning Treatment’ I compare and contrast the ‘correct’ procedure for beginning an analysis that I was taught in the 1940s with how I begin treatment now in the 1990s. I argue that my present method is less rigid, less authoritarian and more realistic than the ‘classical’ procedure I was taught 50 years ago. I end the paper with some reflections on training analyses and their economic and emotional significance for both training analyst and trainee analysand.

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