Year: 1981 Source: American Journal of Psychotherapy, v.35, no.4, (1981), p.469-480 SIEC No: 19840886

The author contends that psychotherapy can be successful with suicidal patients if the therapist does not reduce therapy to management & control of patients, understands the ways in which patients use their potential death as part of adaptation, & avoids specific countertransference pitfalls. 8 case examples illustrate successful psychotherapy with young, middle-aged, & elderly patients. (14 refs)