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Beyond the Presenting Problem

Peta Price

A man is confronted by cancer. He seeks hypnosis to assist him manage the anticipated pain and to promote post-surgical healing. He wants to approach his treatment in the most positive way in order to strengthen recovery. From early in therapy it is clear that we are going further than the initial request. This case study takes some of the ideas of James Hillman (1983) to examine the nature of psychotherapy and the associated story-telling. Hillman (1983) suggests that in psychotherapy there are two authors collaborating in a mutual fiction that the therapist will write, minimally at least in case notes. He suggests that psychotherapy is the emergence of the soul: a reworking of a narrative of the inner working of the soul through time, history of memories, dreams and reflections which are sometimes taken as empirical realities. This presentation will examine these ideas.

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Psychotherapy Meets Africa
7th World Congress on Psychotherapy
25-29 August 2014, Durban, South Africa
Visit WCP: www.worldpsyche.org

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Peta Price

Clinical Psychologist and writer. Independent clinical practice in Ballarat, Victoria Australia. Publications include; Jumping the Loop. Authorhouse. 2014. (A self-help book for depression), Despite Pain Learning to manage Chronic Pain. Sid Harta: 2005, What do we see that we don't. Papyrus Publishing: 2010. Peta has been practicing as a psychologist since 1975. 

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