The Impossibility of Knowing: Dilemmas of a Psychotherapist

Author(s): Jackie Gerrard


This is a book that assembles and integrates Jackie Gerrard's clinical work and thinking over the many years of her working life. Part I focuses on patients with specific types of psychopathology and explores particular difficulties in technique and thinking. Part II addresses the issues of love, hate, and the erotic. In Part III, specific challenges to the psychotherapeutic frame are demonstrated in chapters on enactments and on work with an absent patient. Richly illustrated throughout with clinical vignettes, above all, Gerrard stresses the importance of the enquiring mind and the struggle not to 'know' but to be ever ready to 'not know' and to explore. This book should be of interest to qualified practitioners, to those who are training in psychodynamic or psychoanalytic work, and to anyone who has an interest in psychoanalysis and the 'impossibility of knowing'.

About the author:
Jackie Gerrard is a Senior Member and Fellow of the London Centre for Psychotherapy (LCP) and a Training Therapist and Supervisor for the LCP and other psychotherapy and counselling training organizations. Her background is in social work and she has been a practising psychotherapist for almost thirty years. Her private practice is in Hertfordshire, where she sees individuals and couples for therapy, and supervises trainees and qualified therapists. An important focus of her working life has also been on teaching and writing.


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  • : 9781855758247
  • : Karnac Books
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