chapter  Chapter Eight
Deviant settings in private practice
WithRobert Langs
Pages 20

The conscious system invents countless rationalizations to justify the unconsciously driven need for deviant frames and settings—much of it stemming from the influence of the deep unconscious fear-guilt subsystem on the conscious mind. Technically, a therapist should decide to move to a private space on his or her own, without any manifest involvement of his or her patients—even though they will repetitively encode directives of that very kind. The home-office, whether an apartment or house, located within the therapist’s living quarters or separate from them, modifies the relative anonymity of the therapist and exposes his or her patients to family members—and the reverse. A very special and powerful intervention by the private therapist who is working in a deviant setting—mainly a home-office or a shared waiting-room—is the move of his or her practice to a private office that is fully secured with regard to the setting and possibly in other ways as well.