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"This book deals with the uses and abuses of the therapeutic relationship in psychoanalysis, counselling, psychology, psychotherapy and related fields. It provides a framework for integration, pluralism or deepening singularity using a framework of five facets of therapeutic relationship potentially available in every kind of counselling or psychodynamic work. And in all other professions. And in all of life." From the preface to the second edition. ".....my view of Petruska Clarkson's writing style is that it is a mixture of academic, poet, artist and expert - extraordinary and sometimes even infuriating - but I feel the reader would benefit from exploring more of her work and re-reading her books to appreciate and get to know her style. Excitement, challenges, imagery, mind stretching intricacies and thought provoking passions, are just some of the hidden jewels that are there in her book waiting to be discovered!!" From the introduction to the second edition by Stephanie Wilson.

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This text provides coverage of the uses and abuses of the therapeutic relationship in counselling, psychology, psychotherapy and related fields. It provides a framework for integration, pluralism or deepening singularity with reference to five kinds of therapeutic relationship potentially available in every kind of counselling or psychodynamic work.

The work incoporates training and supervision perspectives and examples of course design, uses in assessment and applications to group and couples as well as to organizations.

Dealing with an issue of increasing complexity, the book should be of value and significance to psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, clinical and counselling psychologists and other professionals working in the field of helping human relationships such as doctors, social workers, teachers and counsellors.

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The Therapeutic Relationship is a very insightful, useful and stimulating book, well worth reading by anyone who is starting a career in counselling or any of the helping professions. Petruska Clarkson looks at five aspects of the therapeutic relationship (the working alliance, plus the transferential, reparative/developmentally needed, person-to-person and transpersonal relationships.) Theory-wise, she has a psychodynamic background but her book contains examples of other approaches too, including transpersonal psychology, so is particularly suited to someone on an integrative counselling course, such as myself. It is not a light read, and demands quite a bit of concentration, but is highly rewarding.
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...is it deserved? Yes, is the resounding answer. It was the prescribed textbook for my two year diploma course in integrative counselling, and the model of integration proposed in it is theoretically concise yet wide in scope. This is definitely an academic book, therefore a dictionary by the side may well be needed. Why should that be a complete detraction? Why is it that everything we tackle has to be easy? This profession has its jargon, which has to be learned somewhere. There are plenty of other books that are less dense conceptually, more reader-friendly, we could say. Yet it is to this book that I return time after time to clarify ideas to myself, to be inspired, to be stretched professionally and on the human level.
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This is one of my top 5 books on psychotherapy. I read it in my first term of my counselling training and thought if I never read another book, this was the one to read. I bonded with her as I read it and then grieved to find she was already dead a year before. Petruska Clarkson has made an indelible mark on our understanding of the essential elements of the therapeutic relationship and I am grateful to her.
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Petruska Clarkson was a complex woman and her writing reflects this. This book is quite difficult to read. However, if you peservere you do start to get her. I had to read this book more than once to get it and I enjoyed it much more the second time round.

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This was the text book for the 2nd year of my counselling diploma course. It is very wordy. Although it is full of information, this is really dificult to extract. It is almost impenetratable and seems to be written for other acedemics rather than to impart information to students. Some of the students on my course found it impossible to read without a dictionary by their side.
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This book has been essential for a counselling degree. It covers all the theirs, with an excellent summary as well as in-depth discussions. Invaluable
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This was I text book I needed to read for a lecture. I forgot to get it. I ordered in the morning and it was with me (with normal delivery ) the next morning. I was able to read the chapters and attend the lecture.
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Text book for uni course. The woman was clearly mad (sadly, she committed suicide) but it's the book we were asked to read. Can't use simple words where a more rare one will do. But, hey, I got through it..
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