Expert contributors provide introductions and commentaries on a selection of psychoanalytic papers, including one by Freud himself, which refer to beginning psychoanalytic treatment in a wide range of settings. Divided into four main sections, areas of discussion include:
historical and conceptual developments in the field
practical, technical and ethical considerations
unconscious transference and counter-transference dynamics of initial interviews
internal factors that can help or hinder psychoanalysts in their work to initiate psychoanalysis.
This book will be helpful to all psychoanalytical practitioners in thinking about their work in first interviews with prospective patients, as well as psychoanalysts and psychotherapists at all levels of experience, who will be able to use this book to enrich their own practice.
Sven Lagerlöf is a Psychoanalyst in private practice in Stockholm, a Training Analyst at the Swedish Psychoanalytical Society, and former Chairman of the Clinic of the Institute of the Swedish Psychoanalytical Society.
Penelope Crick is a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, British Psychoanalytic Society, Clinical Director of the London Clinic of Psychoanalysis and is also in private practice in London.
Mette Møller is a Training Analyst at the Danish Society and is in private practice, and a former Chair of the Danish Society´s Psychoanalytic Consultation Service.
Elisabeth Skale is a Psychoanalyst, a Training Analyst and the President of the Vienna Psychoanalytical Society, and a former Clinical Director of the Vienna Psychoanalytical Ambulatorium.