Year: 1991 Source: Dissociation: Progress in the Dissociative Disorders, v.4, no.1, (March 1991), p.25-35 SIEC No: 19920463

The threat of suicide from a patient can constitute an intense crisis, eliciting strong feelings from both therapist & patient. Using material from many sources, this paper discusses countertransference in general, pathological relational patterns as they become replicated in the therapeutic matrix, & the potential communicative value of suicide threats & their translation into useful dynamic material using the therapist’s response as a clue to the meaning the patient is attempting to convey.