Subversive Dialogues: Theory in Feminist Therapy / Edition 1

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Overview

Feminist therapy is more than a prescription of technique; it is a unique philosophy of psychotherapy. While much has been written on feminism and therapy, this bold book breaks new ground by making explicit and coherent the theoretical underpinnings of feminist therapy.Building on the revolutionary work of feminist scholars who have described how women employ strategies of knowing the world in a manner distinct from men, Laura S. Brown, noted for her pioneering work in the field of ethics and boundaries, shows how these insights should reshape the very nature of the therapeutic encounter. With meticulous care, the author examines key features of the therapeutic encounter with a feminist lens: the power of the therapist; assessment and diagnosis; the nature of change; the ethics of practice; and differences in race, class, and sexual identity. She constructs a vision of therapy that helps the client develop a sense of entitlement to satisfying and equal relationships outside the therapist’s office. This powerful vision of feminist therapy is grounded throughout with case examples that illustrate how a dialogue between therapist and client can be healing, subversive, and transformative all at once.

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Building on the work of feminist scholars who have described how women employ strategies of knowing the world differently from men, psychologist Brown shows how these insights can reshape the nature of the therapeutic encounter. She examines key features of therapy from a feminist perspective: the power of the therapist; assessment and diagnosis; the nature of change; the ethics of practice; and differences in race, class and sexual identity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465083213
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,189,358
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura S. Brown, PH.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington and is in full-time private practice in Seattle. She is co-editor, with Maria P. P. Root of Diversity and Complexity in Feminist Therapy and, with Mary Ballou, of Personality and Psychopathology.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Toward a Subversive Dialogue with the Reader 17
2 Feminism in Feminist Therapy Theory 47
3 Theorizing from Diversity 69
4 The Relationship in Feminist Therapy 92
5 Naming the Pain: Diagnosis and Distress 124
6 To Speak the Mother Tongue: Models of Case Conceptualization 153
7 The Master's Tools: The Dilemma of Dealing with Patriarchy 178
8 Feminism and Ethics 200
9 Emerging from the Wilderness 227
References 235
Index 247
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