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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Walter F. Burke, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book provides a scholarly overview of the centrality of the therapeutic relationship in the therapeutic action of psychotherapy from four prominent theoretical orientations. Citing research and practice strategies, the authors illustrate the similarities and differences among psychoanalytic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and feminist orientations in their technical reliance upon the patient-therapist relationship as a driving change agent within their respective approaches.
Purpose: Through an in-depth exploration of the elements comprising the therapeutic relationship, the authors hope to stimulate the advancement of research and the practice of psychotherapy. Practitioners are encouraged to incorporate new understandings of strategic approaches to the management of the treatment relationship. Researchers are challenged to form new empirically based questions integrating the rich variety of alternative approaches to psychotherapy.
Audience: The researcher, practitioner, educator, and student will all benefit from this careful and comprehensive literature review of four theoretical perspectives on the therapeutic relationship. Each school of psychotherapy is treated with an in-depth analysis and thoughtful balance between research and clinical practice. The authors are established scholar-practitioners in who have published widely in the field of psychotherapy research.
Features: The authors have synthesized developments from several aspects of the psychotherapy literature with citations that are current and well documented. The table of contents clearly outlines the authors' overall objectives and the reader is presented with a straightforward sense of the contributing literatures and theorists.
Assessment: The authors have complied a thorough review of the research, theory, and practice of psychotherapy from the focal vantage point of the patient-therapist relationship in a single volume. The comparative framework of this book, contrasting four major theoretical schools, provides the reader an enhanced understanding of several approaches to psychotherapy as well as the potential areas of integration existing among different theoretical persuasions.