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Mortality in the consulting room

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[image omitted]Human beings are the only creatures aware of their own mortality. In this paper, I review some of the literature about how we make sense of our awareness of death and its place in our psyche. I explore how the ritual of the therapy hour can act as a defence against an awareness of death, both for the client and therapist. A clinical vignette describes how the denial of my own anxiety about mortality kept me from fully understanding the depth of my client's terror of living and dying.
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Keywords: Mortality; abuse of power; death; relational; somatisation; therapy ritual

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Integrative Psychotherapist in North London and a Part-time Trauma Therapist in the NHS,

Publication date: March 1, 2007

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