Appendix 7

Glossary of Terms

There are many different and specialist 'terms' of reference within psychotherapy. Many people may have heard of "transference" and "counter-transference"; we often use the word "intervention"; but some words are less common like "introjection". These terms are just from within psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Gestalt psychotherapy uses the concept of an "empty chair"; Body Psychotherapists speak of "grounding"; etc. There are many other similar terms and concepts. We therefore considered that there should be a Glossary of Terms, as an Appendix. It has been arranged alphabetically. Words in inverted commas (e.g: 'patient') mean that there is another entry for that word.

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