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Yerushalmi, H. (2013). On the Therapist's Yearning for Intimacy. Psychoanal Q., 82(3):671-687.

(2013). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 82(3):671-687

On the Therapist's Yearning for Intimacy

Hanoch Yerushalmi

From the beginning of clinical psychoanalysis, analysts have been at risk of succumbing to yearnings for intimacy and contact that are stirred up by the heat of the analytic encounter. Recently, as theoretical developments have encouraged us to create moments of meeting (Stern et al. 1998) and have urged us to tolerate the feelings stimulated by enactments, these risks have increased. The author points out that foregoing the realization of this yearning within the analytic relationship and the resultant mourning for the loss of a fantasy or illusion carries a heavy personal price tag for the therapist.

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