David Mann B.Sc. (Hons.), RA Th.

.....Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Therapist, Supervisor

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Psychotherapy Publications by David Mann
Books, Chapters in Editions, Articles in Therapy Journals

(A) Books:

Psychotherapy an Erotic Relationship Routledge Mental Health Classic Editions, republished in 2021.
Original publication date, 1997.

Psychotherapy: An Erotic Relationship – Transference and Countertransference Passions.

Psychotherapy: An Erotic Relationship challenges the traditional belief that transference and countertransference are merely forms of resistance which jeopardize the therapeutic process. David Mann shows how the erotic feelings and fantasies experienced by clients and therapists can be used to bring about a positive transformation.

Combining extensive and lively clinical examples with theoretical insights and new research on infants, David Mann suggests that the development of the erotic derives from interactions between the parent and child and is seldom absent from the therapist-patient relationship. However, while the erotic always contains elements of past relationships, it also expresses hope for a different outcome in the present and future. Individual chapters explore the function of the erotic within the unconscious: erotic pre-Oedipal and Oedipal material; homoeroticism in therapy; sexual intercourse as a metaphor for psychological change; the primal scene in the transference, and the difficulties of working with perversions.

The book is as relevant now as it was when originally published. This Classic Edition contains a new Introduction by David Mann, summarizing his current ideas since this book was first published in 1997.

It brings the therapy setting alive, offering clinicians both an accessible and deeper understanding of the interaction between erotic transference and countertransference; it also gives an explicit picture of how these aspects of therapy can be used to enhance the therapeutic process. It remains an essential resource for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and counsellors, their clients, and anybody with an interest in Eros, desire or mental health issues.

Psychotherapy: An Erotic Relationship – Transference and Counter-transference Passions, by David Mann Original cover of the 1997 edition
This book was translated and published in Germany in 1999 by Klett Cotta.
The Past in the Present: Therapy Enactments and the Return of Trauma. David Mann and Valerie Cunningham (Editors) Routledge 2008

The Past in the Present:
Therapy Enactments and the Return of Trauma

David Mann and Valerie Cunningham (Editors) Routledge 2008

“Mann and Cunningham have brought together a fine collection of clinicians, from diverse backgrounds and both sides of the Atlantic, providing an unprecedented depth and breadth of exploration of enactment. This will be of great importance and interest to seasoned practitioners as well as those in training.”
Phil Mollon PhD, Psychoanalyst (British Psychoanalytic Society), Psychotherapist (Tavistock Society) and Clinical Psychologist

The Past in the Present brings together, for the first time, contemporary ideas from both the psychoanalytic and humanistic therapy traditions, looking at how trauma and enactments affect therapeutic practice.
Enactments are often experienced as a crisis in therapy and are understood as symbolic interactions between the client and therapist, where personal issues of both parties become unconsciously entwined. This is arguably especially true if the client has undergone some form of trauma. This trauma becomes enacted in the therapy and becomes a turning point that significantly influences the course of therapy, sometimes with creative or even destructive effect.
Using a wealth of clinical material throughout, the contributors show how therapists from different therapeutic orientations are thinking about and working with enactments in therapy, how trauma enactment can affect the therapeutic relationship and how both therapist and client can use it to positive effect.
The Past in the Present will be invaluable to practitioners and students of analytic and humanistic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, analytic psychology and counselling.

Love and Hate: Psychoanalytic Perspectives.
David Mann (Editor) Brunner-Routledge 2002.

How do therapists work with love and hate?

Love and hate seem to be the dominant emotions that make the world go round and are a central theme in psychotherapy. Love and Hate seeks to answer some important questions about all these consuming passions.

Many patients seeking psychotherapy feel unlovable or full of rage and hate. What is it that interferes with the capacity to experience love? This book explores the origins of love and hate from infancy and investigates how they develop through the life cycle. It brings together contemporary views about clinical practice on how psychotherapists and analysts work with and think about love and hate in the transference and countertransference and explores how different schools of thought deal with the subject. An impressive array of international contributors present a broad spectrum of psychoanalytic perspectives, including Kleinian, Jungian, Independent Group and Lacanian psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and analytical psychologists.

With emphasis on clinical illustrations throughout, the writers show how different psychoanalytic schools think about and clinically work with the experience and passions of love and hate. This book will be invaluable to practitioners and students of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, analytical psychology and counselling.
Erotic Transference and Counter-transference: Clinical Practice in Psychotherapy, Edited by David Mann

Erotic Transference and Countertransference:
Clinical Practice in Psychotherapy.

David Mann (Editor) Routledge 1999.

This book brings together, for the first time, contemporary views on how psychotherapists and analysts work with and think about the erotic in therapeutic practice.

Representing a broad spectrum of psychoanalytic perspectives including object relations, Kleinian, Jungian, self psychology and Lacanian thought, the contributors highlight similarities and differences in their approaches to the erotic in transference and countertransference, ranging from love and sexual desire to perverse and psychotic manifestations.

Erotic Transference and Counter-transference offers ways of understanding the erotic which should prove both useful and thought provoking.




(B) Chapters in Edited Books:
Misanthropy and the Broken Mirror of Narcissism: Hatred in the Narcissistic Personality, in Harding, C, Aggression and Destructiveness - Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Routledge 2006.
Erotics and Ethics: the Passionate Dilemmas of the Therapeutic Couple in Barnes, F.P. and Murdin, L. Values and Ethics in the Practice of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Open University Press, 2001.
The Generalized Transference in General Practice, in Lees, J. Clinical Counselling in Primary Care, Routledge 1999.
Masturbation and Painting in Killick, K. and Schaverien, J. Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis Routledge 1997.

(C) Journal Articles:

• Narcissism and the Lure of Grandiosity over Reality: Reflections on a Narcissistic Inhibition in Creativity, in British Journal of Psychotherapy, (2023) Vol 39:1

• The Good, the Bad and the Boring:  Narcissism and the Rejection of the ‘Nice but Boring’ Relationship, in British Journal of Psychotherapy, (2022) 38 (2).

Book Review Essay of “Creativity and The Erotic Dimensions of The Analytic Field” by Dianne Elise in Psychodynamic Practice, (2020) Vol 26 (2).

“Turning a Blind Eye” On Sexual Abuse, Boundary Violations and Therapeutic Practice, in Psychodynamic Practice, (2015) 21 (2): 126 -46

The Joy of Love and Hate, in The Psychotherapist Issue 52, Autumn 2012

Art Therapy: Re-Imagining a Psychoanalytic Perspective, in Inscape: International Journal of Art Therapy, Volume 11 Number 1 (2006).

The Counsellor and the GP: the Gulf and the Isthmus – or the Dilemmas of Difference, in Psychodynamic Counselling, (2000*) 6 (3).

Transference & Countertransference Issues with Sexual Abused Patients, in Psychodynamic Counselling (1995) 1 (4).

Castration Desire, in British Journal of Psychotherapy, (1994) 10 (4).

The Psychotherapist’s Erotic Subjectivity, in British Journal of Psychotherapy, (1994)10 (3).

The Absent Father in Psychotic Phantasy, in British Journal of Psychotherapy, (1993) 9 (3).

The Shadow Over Oedipus: The Father’s Rivalry with His Son, in Free Associations, (1993) 4 (1).

The Infantile Origins of the Creation and Apocalyptic Myths, in International Review of Psychoanalysis, (1992) 19.

Humour in Psychotherapy, in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, (1991) 5 (2).

Some Schizoid Processes in Art Psychotherapy, in Inscape: Journal of the British Association of Art Therapists, Summer Edition (1991).

Art as a Defence Mechanism Against Creativity, in British Journal of Psychotherapy, (1990) 7 (1).

Working with Incest Survivors, in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, (1990**) 4: 2.

The Talisman or Projective Identification? A Critique, in Inscape: Journal of the British Association of Art Therapists, Autumn Edition (1989)

Incest: The Father and the Male Therapist, in British Journal of Psychotherapy, (1989) 6.

Counter-transference: A Case of Inadvertent Holding, in Inscape: Journal of the British Association of Art Therapists, Autumn Edition (1988).

*Co written with Dr Patrick White (GP)
** Co written with Dr Joy Dalton (psychiatrist), Janna Sumner (occupational therapist) and Denise Berry (community psychiatric nurse).

I have also published more than a dozen book reviews in the British Journal of Psychotherapy plus book reviews in other Journals.

In addition I have also published a number of articles, book reviews, art exhibition reviews and letters in various in-house Journals and Newsletters since 1986.

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