Therapeutic intimacy: A post-9/11 perspective

Carol Tosone

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    This essay describes therapeutic intimacy as a deeply personal and evolving definition of what each therapist finds uniquely curative. The author arrived at her definition following the events of September 11, 2001, and notes that constructs such as vicarious traumatization do not adequately convey the profound impact that such a catastrophic event can have on the clinician's personal and professional life. She introduces the term "shared trauma" to describe the lasting, transformative changes in one's self-concept taking place when the clinician and client are exposed to a collective trauma. The arbitrariness of professional boundaries is captured through discussion of client narratives.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)89-98
    Number of pages10
    JournalSmith College Studies in Social Work
    Volume76
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

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    trauma
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    Keywords

    • 9/11
    • Countertransference
    • Trauma
    • Vicarious traumatization

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Sociology and Political Science

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    Therapeutic intimacy : A post-9/11 perspective. / Tosone, Carol.

    In: Smith College Studies in Social Work, Vol. 76, No. 4, 01.12.2006, p. 89-98.

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    Tosone, Carol. / Therapeutic intimacy : A post-9/11 perspective. In: Smith College Studies in Social Work. 2006 ; Vol. 76, No. 4. pp. 89-98.
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