Mentalizing in Clinical Practice

Mentalizing in Clinical Practice

by Jon G. Allen, Peter Fonagy, Anthony W. Bateman
     
 

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The book includes a straightforward explanation clinicians can use with patients, "What is Mentalizing and Why Do It?" -- and also demonstrates the ways in which clinicians are already doing it.Clinicians of all persuasions can benefit from the extensive knowledge now available to hone further their attention to this vital therapeutic process.

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The book includes a straightforward explanation clinicians can use with patients, "What is Mentalizing and Why Do It?" -- and also demonstrates the ways in which clinicians are already doing it.Clinicians of all persuasions can benefit from the extensive knowledge now available to hone further their attention to this vital therapeutic process.

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Reviewer: Patricia E. Murphy, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book provides theoretical perspectives on mentalizing, defined by the authors as attending to mental states in the self and others. It includes illustrations of this skill in the clinical practice of psychotherapy for various issues.
Purpose: The authors hope to educate about and break down possible resistance to the notion of mentalizing with a goal of enhancing skills of practitioners and their clients.
Audience: Readers who are familiar with the practice and theory of psychotherapy will find themselves readily agreeing with the content of this book and will appreciate its perspective. Trainees with some experience would benefit from this skillfully presented information.
Features: The authors lead readers through familiar concepts like attachment theory and an appreciation of how the ability to develop a perspective on affective responses forms in both client and clinician. This is complemented with a neurobiological evidence of different types of thought processes. Clear tables summarize material to make this brilliant synthesis from several areas seem obvious. Clinical applications make the consequences of the theory evident.
Assessment: The authors are superb teachers. It is refreshing to read this book that can heighten awareness of nuances in listening to and helping clients grow in recognizing and adapting the formulations of experience that shape their emotional responses.
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This is an excellent book: well written, theoretically sophisticated but practical, clear, and provocative in its implications for reframing and enhancing treatment for a broad spectrum of disorders.This book is especially useful for those interested in the leading edge in psychotherapy integration; the common-factors approach to understanding psychotherapeutic effectiveness; and the integration of mind, brain, and interpersonal relations. I highly recommend it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585628360
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/09/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
433
Sales rank:
799,176
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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