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Psychodynamically Oriented Counseling

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Nowadays, most psychoanalytically oriented counselors prefer to dialogue with their clients face to face. What do you think is gained and what is lost in the face-to-face format? Do you think that the basic tools of psychoanalysis identified by Ikonen (2002) become more effective or less effective in the face-to-face interaction?

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Freud's work in psychoanalysis is classic - and as you perhaps know - he would have his clients sit in a couch and he would sit with his back turned-behind the client (not face-to-face) - but could see the body language they were displaying. They would lie on the couch and be encouraged to be candid and to speak freely - (Free association, Freud called this). He would then probe, by stopping to ask questions and telling clients to explore their thoughts and their minds. That said; most counselors prefer to speak or dialogue face to face and interact with their clients these days. I believe there are disadvantages and advantages to interact directly and indirectly. I also believe the basic tools of psychoanalysis identified by Ikonen (2002) stands-if the basic premise and aim will not be effective if counselors are not cognizant and adhere to the tenets of psychoanalysis. become more effective or less effective in the face-to-face interaction? ...

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The expert examines psychodynamically oriented counseling.

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