This book is an excellent piece of work. It covers all aspects of the psychotherapeutic process and deals with common problems encountered between patient and therapist. Ways of understanding and possible solutions to problems are provided, in adjunction to strategies to avoid from the part of the therapist. Imaginary dialogues between the patient and therapist are illustrated throughout the whole book, while in depth psychodynamic therapist questioning stimulates helpful thgouhts and ideas to the reader about his/her own work. Irrespective of the psychotherapeutic school the reader belongs to, this book covers more generalised issues that can be applied to different types of therapy. You will find yourself identifying with many common mistakes therapists are trapped in, during pscyhotherapy with patients, and realise that it is therapeutic in itself to be aware of them, but also that there actual solutions. The book is excellent in the fact that it balances between a strong sense of emapthy from the therapist's stance, meantime building and maintaining limit-setting with the patient, an essential prerequisite for treatment to work. Practical, witty, with a touch of humour when needed (for example during dialogues with an angry patient, the therapist silently thinks about her own fear of inadequacy and feels frustrated with the patient, wondering what to do....), commmon thoughts all therapists often drown into and often feel helpless! An insightful book which I highly recommend, especially for practicing psychotherapists.