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A clinical discussion of the case ‘Forget me not – My journey through Jungian analysis – A case presentation’ by Toni Woodward from the book Psychotherapy and Counselling: reflections on Practice. Oxford University Press.

A clinical discussion of the case ‘Forget me not – My journey through Jungian analysis – A case presentation’ by Toni Woodward from the book Psychotherapy and Counselling: reflections on Practice. Oxford University Press.

In the contemporary world where short-term psychotherapeutic interventions are privileged, it is encouraging to see a consumer’s account of long-term work, in Toni’s case, spanning now over 15 years (though with different degrees of intensity). It is rare in the field of psychotherapy for a client to be so open about their experience, therapy being such a personal and intimate encounter and Toni’s account covers both the positive personal growth she experienced as well as those things she did not like. In this presentation, the reasons Toni sought therapy will be outlined followed by descriptions of the unfolding process and the way her transference projections brought into the ‘here-and-now’ unresolved issues arising from her relationship(s) with early caregivers from the ‘there-and-then’ of her earliest developmental experiences.

The critical components in the therapy will be discussed which revolved around the unfolding erotic transference (including idealisation and boundary issues); the stages of the process that moved from empathic understanding to a more interpretative and robust engagement once trust had been developed; and the use of symbolic work (dreams, painting, journaling etc.) as means of expressing the core self. Overall, this case highlights that deep structural change can often only come about through a lengthy process of exploration within the confines of a specifically structured and bounded relationship.

Areas of Interest / Categories: Westmead Meetings 2016

Westmead Meetings 2016

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