Jacques Lacan's work has become a standard reference in gender, women's and cultural studies - yet despite its popularity is frequently being debunked as an impenetrable postmodernist discourse. This work paints a picture of the man and his ideas. Situating Lacan's contributions firmly within the Freudian tradition of clinical psychoanalysis, the book shows how his ideas can become more accessible, and re-evaluates his significance within the field of psychodynamic psychotherapy. The book is structured thematically around five key issues: diagnosis; the analyst's position during the treatment; the management of transference; the formulation of interpretations; and the organization of analytic training. For each of these issues, Lacan's entire work, both published and unpublished material, has been taken into account and theoretical principles have been illustrated with clinical examples. The book also contains a complete bibliography of Lacan's works in English.