Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy

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Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: The Experiential Method addresses specific ways in which a therapist can engender the therapeutic process, especially with clients with whom nothing effective is happening. Working with transcripts of actual sessions, the author examines each client statement to show where therapeutic movement has taken place and then each therapist response to show how it did or did not help bring about a kind of direct bodily experiencing called "focusing." What the author shows can be used in ...
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Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: A Manual of the Experiential Method

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Overview

Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: The Experiential Method addresses specific ways in which a therapist can engender the therapeutic process, especially with clients with whom nothing effective is happening. Working with transcripts of actual sessions, the author examines each client statement to show where therapeutic movement has taken place and then each therapist response to show how it did or did not help bring about a kind of direct bodily experiencing called "focusing." What the author shows can be used in any orientation of therapy. Individual chapters address bodily energy, action, habits, behavior, traumatic memories, imagery, catharsis, emotions, cognitive assumptions, values, super-ego messages, dreams, role-play, interpretation, and client-therapist interaction. The author shows how the therapist's responses can turn difficulties into moments of relational therapy. Most importantly, he shows how whatever arises inwardly in the client is respected and pursued.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry

"A fine philosophical and practical contribution to the field of experiential psychology. Gendlin's perspective is, as always, fresh, informative, and open to the mystery and wisdom of the total person."--Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry
Common Boundary

"A clear, detailed, and sensitive examination of what goes on in the therapeutic process and in the process of transformation."--Common Boundary
Booknews
Provides a detailed analysis of the dynamics in the ongoing client-therapist relationship, with close attention to the ways in which therapist can enable a client's capacity for direct experiencing and focusing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898624793
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Series: Practicing Professional Series
  • Edition description: MANUAL
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author


Eugene T. Gendlin, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago. He is the founder and was, for many years, the editor of Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.
For his development of experiential psychology, he was chosen by the Psychotherapy Division of the American Psychological Association for their first "Distinguished Professional Psychologist" award. He is the author of many books and articles. The Focusing Institutes in Chicago, Illinois, and Spring Valley, New York, offer training in focusing and focusing-oriented psychotherapy
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Focusing and Listening
Ch. 2 Dead Ends 7
Ch. 3 Eight Characteristics of an Experiential Process Step 16
Ch. 4 What the Client Does to Enable an Experiential Step to Come 25
Ch. 5 What a Therapist Can Do to Engender an Experiential Step 41
Ch. 6 The Crucial Bodily Attention 57
Ch. 7 Focusing 69
Ch. 8 Excerpts from Teaching Focusing 76
Ch. 9 Problems of Teaching Focusing during Therapy 104
Ch. 10 Excerpts from One Client's Psychotherapy 112
Pt. 2 Integrating Other Therapeutic Methods
Ch. 11 A Unified View of the Field through Focusing and the Experiential Method 169
Ch. 12 Working with the Body: A New and Freeing Energy 181
Ch. 13 Role Play 192
Ch. 14 Experiential Dream Interpretation 199
Ch. 15 Imagery 212
Ch. 16 Emotional Catharsis, Reliving 221
Ch. 17 Action Steps 227
Ch. 18 Cognitive Therapy 238
Ch. 19 A Process View of the Superego 247
Ch. 20 The Life-Forward Direction 259
Ch. 21 Values 264
Ch. 22 It Fills Itself In 276
Ch. 23 The Client-Therapist Relationship 283
Ch. 24 Should We Call It "Therapy"? 299
Bibliography and Resources 305
Index 311
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