Into the Labyrinth. A Case Study of a therapist’s journey with an adult survivor of childhood abuse

Pamela Stocker


This case study describes the therapeutic journey of a client who suffered serious sexual and physical abuse from toddlerhood to adolescence.  It considers challenges and ethical issues in the therapeutic partnership with an abuse survivor, exploring the importance of the theoretical framework and of supervision. Issues of autonomy and power in relation both to therapy and to church pastoral practices receive attention.  Central to this therapeutic journey is the role of creative methodology, metaphor and myth in facilitating transformation.


childhood sexual abuse; therapeutic relationship; gestalt; creative interventions; metaphor and myth; power and autonomy

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