Therapeutic relationship as container

… an analytic point of view will be centered in a recognition that the interpersonal relationship between practitioner and patient is the core container for the patient’s development. A contemporary understanding of the therapeutic relationship begins by recognizing that we do not exist as unitary selves. In working to know my patient, I must begin by knowing myself.

Barbara Stevens-Sullivan, 2010, The mystery of analytical work: weavings from Bion and Jung. P. 25

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