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The 'Practice of Psychotherapy Series', published by Karnac Books

This series is intended to address a wide variety of important and
challenging issues confronting those working in diverse contexts
as psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

All contributors are members of the London Centre for Psychotherapy.

To buy any of these books, log on to Karnac Books.

Book One

Challenges to Practice

Edited by: Bernardine Bishop, Angela Foster, Josephine Klein and
Victoria O'Connell.

Challenges to Practice

Chapters include

'When we counsel, when we analyse, when we therap', Josephine

'Exploring once-a-week work - A symposium with ten contributors'

'Analytical psychotherapy with mothers who are postnatally depressed
and their babies', Johanna Roeber

'The duty to care and the need to split', Angela Foster

R.D.Hinshelwood writes

This is the first in an interesting series of books which will explore the
limits of psychoanalyic psychotherapy. It takes us vividly into important
areas of contemporary discussion and work: the role of therapy
compared to analysis and counselling; the place of once-a-week
psychotherapy; work with puerperal mothers and their babies; and
support for ill-trained health-care workers, whose duties outrun their
experience and their learning. The book is varied, well-illustrated with
cases and vignettes, rigorous in its use of psychoanalytic ideas in
unusual settings, and it leaves us optimistic about the potential for
fertilising Society and mental health work with the ideas and practice
from psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Book Two

Ideas in Practice

Edited by: Bernardine Bishop, Angela Foster, Josephine Klein and
Victoria O'Connell.

Ideas in Practice

Chapters include

'The twin in the transference', Vivienne Lewin

'The children in the apple tree: some thoughts on sibling attachment', Prophecy Coles

'Impasse and empathy', Robert Royston

'Thinking without the object: some deformations of the life of the mind
brought about by maternal absence', Bernardine Bishop

'An absence of mind', Jennifer Silverstone

Patrick Casement writes

This volume shows in several vivid cases how psychoanalytic theory is
applied to clinical work in innovative ways. The value of this is greatly
enhanced by the authors' willingness to share with the reader the
process of their thinking, in their struggle to understand their patients
better, while they gradually find their way beyond the maps provided
by their training and reading. The book also gives stimulating examples
of analytic understanding as it in turn arises out of clinical practice.
Ideas in Practice is a book to enjoy and to recommend to others.

Book Three

Elusive Elements in Practice

Edited by: Bernardine Bishop, Angela Foster, Josephine Klein and
Victoria O'Connell

Elusive Elements in Practice

Chapters include

'Mechanisms and mysteries', Nathan Field

'Love, the aesthetic conflict and the self', Patricia Allen

'The emerging religious dimension of knowing in psychoanalysis', Steven Mendoza

'Narcissism, the mystics' remedy', Josephine Klein

David M. Black writes

The therapeutic elements this collection deals with may be elusive, but
they are also eminently practical. Steven Mendoza, following Bion,
writes on "faith", Josephine Klein on the importance of true
"recognition" for the patient; others write on the consequences of the
baby's experience of the mother's beauty. These therapists venture to
look into a more affirmative territory, most of it impeccably
psychoanalytic but hitherto obscured, perhaps, by Freud's celebrated
pessimism. The result is a courageous and original collection of

Book Four

Difference - An Avoided Topic in Practice

Edited by: Angela Foster, Adrian Dickinson, Bernardine Bishop, Josephine Klein

Difference - An Avoided Topic in Practice

SynopsisDifference is a complex and often disturbing issue. The purpose of this book is to encourage a culture of open enquiry into an emotionally charged subject which, the editors argue, has been largely avoided by the profession. Theoretically psychoanalysis is all about recognition and appreciation of difference, yet the psychoanalytic profession itself does not have a good reputation in this area.


This is a courageous collection of papers. All contributors have been prepared to go into print about situations in which difference is a significant element in their work and one around which they have felt uneasy and uncertain as they have found themselves in uncharted territory. Through painstaking analysis of their experience and that of their patients and clients, each contributor provides the reader with some useful insights and guidelines for future reference as well as some clear and stimulating illustrations of effective thinking in strange and disturbing situations. What makes this thinking effective is the demonstrated ability of all contributors to preserve their analytic functioning whatever the circumstances. Differences matter and specific issues that alert us to difference serve as a reminder that difference is always present in the consulting room.

M. Fakhry Davids writes

Negotiating difference, in gender and generation, has been a cornerstone of psychoanalytic thinking. This important and courageous new book opens up a timely exploration of other differences that pop up in the consulting room around race, immigration status, criminality, financial status, pregnancy, illness, disability, aging and death etc. without reducing them to the more familiar. It is clinically detailed, which allows a point of entry into specific debates about how to understand and negotiate these differences in the service of the therapeutic task. More general issues facing our profession in an increasingly diverse and changing world are addressed equally boldly. It deserves to be read by student and experienced practitioner alike.

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