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Life of the mind: A theoretical defence

Is training and knowledge of the theory a defence against being a “real” patient?

By Anna Blundy   May 2014

If you are training to be a psychotherapist you have to be in therapy yourself, once or twice a week. If you are training to become a psychoanalyst, you need to be in psycho-analysis five times a week, as I was for many years until I ran out of money. At somewhere around £50 a session, and for a required minimum of four years, this is a vast investment.

The idea of therapists in therapy isn’t just that you need to be fairly sane to see patients. If you go into a session as a therapist and your husband has…

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