Whose Termination Is It Anyway?

Journal Article or Monograph

Title: Whose Termination Is It Anyway?
Year: 2009
Authors: Hoffman, T.

Termination of psychoanalytic treatment presents a complex challenge
concerning the application of psychoanalytic theory and technique. The paucity of cases
that might provide analysts an opportunity to explore a variety of management
approaches demands that practitioners share their experiences in as much detail as
possible, but this occurs infrequently outside of seminars and discussion groups. In an
effort to “cast a lens” on the termination process, a detailed description and process
notes are presented from the closing phase of a 4-year analysis of a man with
obsessive compulsive personality and difficulties with urination outside his home. The
analyst’s countertransference is emphasized, especially during enactments
characteristic of this period. Alterations and variations in analytic technique and the
demands for practical courses of action within and outside of the treatment are also
examined. The issue of “forced” versus “natural” terminations addressed as a means
towards understanding a model of termination as a necessarily co-constructed
component of analysis generally.

Keywords: Psychoanalytic Treatment, Termination, Counter-transference, Intersubjectivity
Language: English

Journal: Journal of the American Academy for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychiatry
Volume: 37
Issue: 3
Start page: 457
End page: 476
Publisher ID:

Submitted by:
Thomas Hoffman

Corresponding author:

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