Year: 1991 Source: Crisis, v.12, no.2, (September 1991), p.25-32 SIEC No: 19910788

Psychotherapy with suicidal patients can be planned & conducted after the specific narcissistic incapacities of the patient are identified. To which of the suicide-inviting affects is the patient vulnerable? On what exterior supports has the patient relied on in the past? What exterior supports have been lost & which remain available? These questions & others are addressed as they bear on psychotherapeutic interventions with older patients. Specific problems of countertransference are reviewed.