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Love in Psychotherapy


love is a concept which (though taken for granted) proves difficult to define, for both the therapist and the patient. ... The Therapist’s Love ... We can distinguish between two kinds of love the therapist may have for the patient: one linked to the role and one that springs spontaneously from the situation. ... As Gestalt therapists, we answer without a shadow of a doubt that our profession is an art, and that therefore emotional involvement is an intrinsic part of the method of treatment. ... involvement is real, her/his feelings toward the patient are genuine, ... But can this involvement of the therapist be called love? ...


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