ABSTRACT

Sigmund Freud noted the importance of love in the healing of the human psyche. So many of life's distresses have their origins in lack of love, disruption of love, or trauma. People naturally seek love in their lives to feel complete. Is therapy a substitute for love? Or is it love by another name? This important book looks at the place of love in therapy and whether it is the curative factor. The authors continually stress, however, that within psychotherapy both ethical and professional boundaries should govern this 'Love' at all times in order for it to be experienced as healing and therapeutic. This book offers explorations of the complexity of love from different modalities: psychoanalytic, humanistic, person-centred, psychosexual, family and systemic, transpersonal, existential, and transcultural. The discussions challenge therapists and other allied professionals to think about their practice, ethics, and boundaries.

chapter One|11 pages

What has love to do with it?

ByStephen Paul, Divine Charura

chapter Two|12 pages

Love and its shadows: an existential view

ByEmmy van Deurzen

chapter Three|13 pages

Humanistic and transpersonal perspectives on love

ByPaul Stephen, John Rowan

chapter Four|12 pages

Psychoanalytic perspectives of love

ByAida Alayarian

chapter Five|10 pages

Love: psychosexual perspectives

ByCabby Laffy

chapter Six|10 pages

Physical love

ByNick Totton

chapter Seven|13 pages

Love, separation, and reconciliation: systemic theory and its relationship with emotions*

ByPhil Arthington, Paula Boston

chapter Eight|8 pages

Working with children: the importance of love

ByStephen Knox

chapter Nine|9 pages

The place of love in crisis support

ByFiona Venner

chapter Ten|14 pages

Transcultural perspectives and themes on love and hate: the yin and yang of relationships

ByDivine Charura, Colin Lago

chapter Eleven|12 pages

Memento mori and carpe diem: love and death*

ByPeter F. Schmid

chapter Twelve|10 pages

Love: retaking a stance

ByKay McFarlane

chapter Thirteen|10 pages

Therapy and neuroscience: what has the L-word to do with it?

ByAndrea Uphoff-Chmielnik

chapter |5 pages

Afterword

ByBrian Thorne