Solitude and solidarit: a philosophy of supervision

Henderson, David (1997) Solitude and solidarit: a philosophy of supervision. In: Supervision: psychoanalytic and Jungian perspectives. Clarkson, Petrūska, ed. Whurr publishers' books on psychology and special education . Whurr, London. ISBN 9781897635940. [Book Section]


The practice of analytic psychotherapy is a vocation that is an expression of an archetypal impulse. Psychotherapists are often seen to have taken over the role of priests: to be priests for a secular age. The identity of the analtyic psychotherapist is closer to that of the hermit. There are eight elements to the identity of the analytic therapist: solitude, humility, liminality, ecstasy, craft, shame, kindness and zeal. While supervision is not therapy it is an analytic relationship with the potential to damage or nurture the vocational aspirations of both participants.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords (uncontrolled): supervision; vocation; psychotherapeutic identity; hermit; solitude; craft; shame
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Psychoanalysis
Item ID: 7630
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Depositing User: David Henderson
Date Deposited: 03 May 2011 08:51
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:22

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