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Richard, A. (2012). The Wounded Healer: Can We Do Better Than Survive as Therapist?. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 7(1):131-138.

(2012). International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 7(1):131-138

Personal Reflections

The Wounded Healer: Can We Do Better Than Survive as Therapist?

Annette Richard, M.Ps.

This is my testimony as a therapist on how my personal hopes to heal and grow have been transformed through my emotional engagement with patients and through, often times, retraumatizing impasses. I describe how re-finding myself always emotionally situated in a particular context, a fluctuating and growing complexity sensibility, sustains me in those impasses. I describe a silent impasse in which re-finding myself and bodily seizing this experience enables me, at times, to do better than survive. This would not be possible without my participation in this professional community.

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