The Concept of Analytic Contact presents practitioners with new ways to assist the often severely disturbed patients that come to see them in both private and institutional settings. In this book Robert Waska outlines the use of psychoanalysis as a method of engagement that can be utilised with or without the addition of multiple weekly visits and the analytic couch.

The chapters in this book follow a wide spectrum of cases and clinical situations where hard to reach patients are provided with the best opportunity for health and healing through the establishment of analytic contact. Divided into four parts, this book covers:

  • the concept of analytic contact
  • caution and reluctance concerning psychological engagement
  • drugs, mutilation, and psychic fragmentation
  • clinical reality, psychoanalysis and the utility of analytic contact.

Analytic contact is demonstrated to be a valuable clinical approach to working analytically with a complicated group of patients in a successful manner. It will be of great interest to all practitioners in the field of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

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Part I The concept of analytic contact

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Part II Caution and reluctance concerning psychological engagement

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PART III Drugs, mutilation, and psychic fragmentation: is analytic contact stil l possible?

chapter 8|17 pages


chapter 10|13 pages

Fragmented attachments

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PART IV Clinical reality, psychoanalysis, and the util ity of analytic contact