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Becoming a Psychotherapist

A Clinical Primer

Second Edition

This well-respected guide to psychoanalytic psychotherapy addresses key issues for both beginning and practicing therapists, from the rhythm of the initial, middle, and final stages of therapy to the setting up of an office and the handling of fees and insurance. The book also deals with the management of borderline and potentially suicidal or homocidal patients in an out-patient setting. Unique in their direct approach to problems in a therapist’s own life, the authors also discuss transference and contertransference issues that arise with pregnancy, changes in the therapist’s love attachments, age, illness and a death in the practitioner’s family. New in this second edition is a chapter on women therapists and women patients.

370 pages | 6.00 x 8.90 | © 1984


Table of Contents

Foreword by Roy Schafer, Ph.D.
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1. A Way of Thinking about Psychotherapy
2. People Becoming Psychotherapists
3. Getting Started
4. Evaluating the Patient
5. Tuning in to the Patient in Early Psychotherapy
6. Working with the Therapeutic Relationship
7. The Therapist’s Feelings about the Patient
with Henry Grunebaum, M.D.
8. Thinking about Money
9. Administrative Aspects of Therapy
10. Ending Therapy
11. When There is Little Time
12. Deciding about the Suicidal Outpatient
13. Considering the Homicide Threat
14. Relating to the Borderline Psychotic Patient
15. The Therapist’s Love Attachments
16. Some Aspects of the Therapist’s Age
with Iza S. Erlich, M.A., M.S.W.
17. The Pregnant Therapist
18. The Therapist’s Illness
19. A Death in the Therapist’s Family
20. Women Therapists and Women Patients
21. Supervision
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