The bifurcated gift: love and intimacy in drama psychotherapy

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Abstract

Explored the complexities of longing in the therapeutic relationship and how it relates to healing. In 2 cases, 2 elderly male nursing home residents (aged 90+ yrs) in the author's drama psychotherapy groups had lost their spouses and were mourning the loss of companionship and sexuality in their lives. In a 3rd case, a young female in therapy with a male therapist had entered the therapeutic relationship in a subconscious effort to recreate and heal her relationship with her father. All 3 individuals showed a longing for human connection, and a longing for a sense of meaning in life; the 2 types of longing became intertwined, confused, and then separated and integrated through the therapeutic process. It is concluded that the anxieties inherent in feeling love during the therapeutic process can stimulate psychological awareness and growth, if the therapy is handled with integrity, courage, and care. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Lise Porter

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