“Come closer…but keep your distance”: A Client’s Perspective on the Psychotherapy of Schizoid Process

Leigh Bettles


This article presents a patient’s perspective on the psychotherapy of the schizoid process.  It contains a word for word psychotherapy session, which illustrates the relational and developmental perspective used in Integrative Psychotherapy to enable a psychotherapy patient to understand and resolve their process of fear and withdrawal. Throughout the article the patient comments on her internal experience, her interpersonal connection with the psychotherapist, and the therapeutic qualities of a healing relationship.

Key words: schizoid, schizoid process, integrative psychotherapy, relational psychotherapy, withdrawal,C


Schizoid process; withdrawal; clients perspective;ri

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