A guide to assessment for psychoanalytic psychotherapists by Judy Cooper

By Judy Cooper

Psychoanalytic psychotherapists and psychoanalysts necessarily locate themselves doing evaluation of their paintings, either in inner most perform and in a medical environment resembling the NHS. The authors felt a necessity for a publication that covers this very important point in their paintings, which might be of gain either to scholars in education and to practitioners. among matters lined are the character of exams, the environment, consultation,  Read more...

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It is interesting to note that originally Freud thought that transference does not occur in psychotic patients, but Rosenfeld (1969) has emphasized that transference is experienced by these patients; the problem is “recognizing and interpreting schizophrenic transference phenomena” (Sandler, Dare, & Holder, 1973, p. 54), “As soon as the schizophrenic approaches any object in love or hate, he seems to become confused with this object . ). This is like a baby unable to distinguish between me and not-me.

Hinshelwood (1995) makes the point that the assessor should make it clear from the beginning if he is not to be the therapist, if therapy is indicated. Schachter (1997) emphasizes that there is a difference between an assessment consultation and ongoing therapy, although, of course, there are also commonalities. She feels that one must be careful about making transference interpretations in an assessment when the assessor is not going to be the therapist. She also feels that much of the patient’s life history will remain unexplored if too much emphasis is put on 30 A GUIDE TO ASSESSMENT FOR PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPISTS the transference relationship.

Perhaps we are so used to experiencing our patients’ harsh and critical superegos that we find it difficult to hold on to more positive experiences, such as the enjoyment of a close relationship, or satisfaction in work and its rewards. Can he alternate freely between inner and outer reality and recognize the difference? Can he move back and forth in historical time and make connections while relating his history? Above all, is he curious to explore the reasons why he finds himself coming for psychotherapy now?

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