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Forced endings in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis: Attachment and loss in retirement




Written by Anne Power

Published by Routledge 2016


This book is written to support counsellors or therapists who need to impose an ending on their clients. It is based on my interviews with therapists who closed their practice to retire, to move house or for maternity or sabbatical leave. The book uses the lens of attachment theory to explore how clients respond to being left and how the practitioner manages this disruption to the frame. Interviewees speak of their ambivalence about retirement and about the clinical challenges of imposing an ending. Finally they reflect on leaving a profession which has been not just a career but a developmental pathway.

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