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Scott, A. (2013). Editorial. Brit. J. Psychother., 29(2):131-134.

(2013). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 29(2):131-134


Ann Scott

This issue of the Journal opens with three rich papers in our core ‘Clinical Practice’ strand; in all of them, the clinical material is embedded within a central theoretical debate. The papers address the erotic in the consulting room, from a relational perspective; work with substance misusers, from an attachment perspective; and work with disabled patients and their families, from the perspective of the classical distinction between mourning and melancholia.

In the first of them, Paul Renn explores theoretical and technical differences between relational and traditional approaches within contemporary psychoanalysis, in a subtle and wide-ranging exploration of the ‘relational challenges of sexuality in the consulting room’. The paper is in part a development of previously published work concerning a patient who expressed a desire to have a sexual relationship with him. Making use of the work of Fonagy and Target and their colleagues; the Boston Change Process Study Group's work on ‘moments of meeting’; developments within attachment theory; relational ideas about the therapist as ‘an active participant in a more intimate two-person relational process’; and acknowledging recent work - by Gabbard and his colleagues - on questions of self-deception in transgression of ethical boundaries, Renn poses the potentially uncomfortable question: whether the necessary injunction to do no harm can slide into a ‘defensive mind-set of “take no risks”’.

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