By Ms Ellen Noonan

In keeping with the author's event as psychotherapist and counsellor, this ebook offers an approachable advent to the sector of counselling youth for somebody project counselling inside companies resembling colleges, universities, the social prone or

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She was vaguely aware that she was afraid of leaving home and taking up a responsible training, and this obscure worry had contributed to her exam failure. Bright and capable, she felt an abysmal failure at trying to grow up. She liked being at home but had set up an unsatisfactory situation of becoming vegetarian in a meatloving household, so she found herself sitting at the table, eating a meagre meal she had to prepare for herself, envious of the meat-eaters who were cooked for and who seemed to be having an altogether more robust life.

Even now, desperate and angry as they were about him, they couldn’t defend themselves against his taunting accusation that he hadn’t asked to be born, and since they started by giving him life they should continue to do so. The relationship between them was a tragic irony. The parents had had to struggle for everything, and they were determined that their son would never see that toughness of life. Their struggle was increased by the relentless demands of the son, and they tired themselves out trying to gratify him.

The theoretical literature of psychoanalysis is vast and detailed, often making it difficult to see the wood for the trees. What follows is an attempt to abstract some premises of psychoanalytic theory, presented in a series of simple statements. Together they provide reference points which can be held in mind (without taking up the whole of it) when actually working with clients. Each individual is the product and author of his own particular history: how he is now is a direct consequence of his earliest experiences with others and his environment.

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