Sexual Feelings in Psychotherapy: Explorations for Therapists and Therapists-in-Training

Pages: 304
Item #: 4317360
ISBN: 978-1-55798-201-8
List Price: $14.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $14.95
Copyright: 1993
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

This edition is no longer for sale. However, an updated edition is available.

This volume helps prepare therapists and therapists-in-training of all theoretical orientations to acknowledge, accept, and understand their own and their clients' sexual feelings that can occur during therapy. By combining the latest research with theory and practical guidance, this resource provides a systematic, nonjudgmental strategy for the therapist to respond sensitively, therapeutically, knowledgeably, and ethically to erotic feelings in the therapeutic setting.

This book offers new and experienced practitioners alike an informative and practical guide to some of the most challenging aspects of therapeutic work, relationships, and responsibilities.

An invaluable training tool in formal classroom, study group, and one-on-one supervision and learning situations, this book provides nearly three dozen structured learning opportunities that initiate, lend structure to, and foster a process of self- exploration and discovery.

Table of Contents



I. Fundamentals of Exploration and Discovery

  1. Purpose and Plan of This Book
  2. The Topic That Isn't There
  3. Creating Conditions for Learning
  4. Self-Assessment
  5. Awareness of Context
  6. Frequent Reactions to Sexual Feelings in Therapy
  7. Frequent Clues to Unacknowledged Sexual Feelings

II. Passages and Scenarios

  1. Passages
  2. Scenarios

III. Deciding What to Do

  1. Confronting an Impasse



  1. Sexual Attraction to Clients: The Human Therapist and the (Sometimes) Inhuman Training System
  2. Treating Victims of Therapist–Patient Sexual Involvement
  3. Therapist–Patient Sexual Involvement: A Review of the Research


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