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Self-hatred in Psychotherapy: one of the most difficult things to treat

Self-hatred in Psychotherapy: one of the most difficult things to treat

When the client presents with pervasive and extreme self-hatred, it presents a terrible conundrum for the psychotherapist. 

To try and undermine self-hatred is often experienced by the client as undermining their experience of themselves and creates a schism within the relationship. On theother hand, to collude with the self-hatred is even worse, perpetuating damageto the client and usually experienced as unbearable by the therapist. 

This paper will explore the underpinnings and possible causation of client self-hatred and explore the links between self-hatred and shame. This will (hopefully) lead to some tentative offerings about how to manage and treat these difficult clients.

Speakers: Dr Nick Bendit
Areas of Interest / Categories: Affect, ANZAP 2018, Self, Shame