The Impossibility of Sex: Stories of the Intimate Relationship between Therapist and Client (Paperback)
  • The Impossibility of Sex: Stories of the Intimate Relationship between Therapist and Client (Paperback)
zoom

The Impossibility of Sex: Stories of the Intimate Relationship between Therapist and Client (Paperback)

(author)
£18.99
Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 02/03/2005
  • 10+ in stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
In this book I have struggled with certain words without a satisfactory conclusion. I am unhappy about all the words used to describe the person who visits the therapist's consulting room. Is she or he a patient? Well, sometimes yes. Certain individuals like that word because it captures for them the sense that there is something wrong, an emotional illness. Is she or he a client? Again, sometimes yes. Certain individuals like that word because it connotes a kind of consultative process. Is she or he an analysand? Certain individuals like this word because it conveys something about the process of a therapy and it has a symmetry: analyst-analysand. I myself find that all these words capture something about the therapy and the therapy process but are considerably less than perfect. In what follows I have chosen to use the words interchangeably, as well as the words psychotherapist, therapist and analyst. In the text, in the musings in italics, I have usually referred to the primary carer in the person's early life as mother. I realize that this is not always the case. There are fathers who have primary responsibility for their children from birth and there are relatives and nannies who fulfil this role. Rarely in my clinical experience of seeing adults has this role been an enterprise between two people in the way that it is becoming for some couples with children today. We have yet to see the effects of joint child-rearing on adult psychologies so I have retained the notion of the mother or mother substitute, a notion which will have to be expanded as the generations now raising children make new arrangements between them. I have also chosen for simplicity's sake to use the word 'she' throughout for the personal pronoun rather than 'she or he'.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781855753334
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Orbach powerfully captures the risks, the excitements and the emotional truths of the psychotherapeutic process...intelligent and honest.'- Anthony Clare, Literary Review' Orbach's elegant new book is about the feelings that a therapist might have in their day-to-day work with patients...here we have the living, breathing, sweating therapist with a body and with desires.'- Darian Leader, Observer'An extraordinary picture of the therapist at work...She writes bravely and what comes shining through is the risk, the balancing act that each party to the therapy is involved in.'- Penelope Dening, Irish Times

You may also be interested in...

Man's Search For Meaning
Added to basket
Stolen Focus
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
Healing Is the New High
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Women Don't Owe You Pretty
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.99
Paperback
Surrounded by Idiots
Added to basket
Atomic Habits
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
Mindset - Updated Edition
Added to basket
Women Don't Owe You Pretty
Added to basket
The Comfort Book
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Added to basket
Untamed
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Manifest
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback
Quiet
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Joy of Small Things
Added to basket
Good Vibes, Good Life
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Twelve and a Half
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.