The Embedded Self in Couples and Family Therapy, 2E: A Relational Approach / Edition 2

The Embedded Self in Couples and Family Therapy, 2E: A Relational Approach / Edition 2

by Mary-Joan Gerson
     
 

First published in 1996, The Embedded Self was lauded as "a brilliant and long overdue rapprochement between psychoanalysis and family therapy conceived by a practitioner trained and experienced in both modalities of treatment." Mary-Joan Gerson’s integrated presentation of psychodynamic and family systems theory invited therapists of either

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First published in 1996, The Embedded Self was lauded as "a brilliant and long overdue rapprochement between psychoanalysis and family therapy conceived by a practitioner trained and experienced in both modalities of treatment." Mary-Joan Gerson’s integrated presentation of psychodynamic and family systems theory invited therapists of either orientation to learn the tools and techniques of the other, to mutual benefit. Firmly grounded in detailed case presentations, her focus on family therapy examined its history, organizing concepts, and developmental approaches, and addressed practical questions of diagnosis, clinical interaction, and referrals.

A dozen years later, the psychoanalytic community is more open to integrating perspectives, and the growth of analysts working with couples and families necessitates an update of the material presented in The Embedded Self. Similarly, the family therapy community has deepened its interest in individual dynamics within systemic patterning. From a new and revised perspective on the possibilities of integration, Gerson covers the latest research in neuroscience and the transmission of affect within intimate relationships, with a new chapter on attachment theory and emotionally focused therapy. Sections on narrative therapy and psychoanalytically-oriented family therapy are expanded as well.

The Embedded Self was a sterling introduction to family systems theory and therapy, and enhanced the work of analysts and family and couples therapists alike. The second edition proves no different in its context but wider in its scope, further enhancing the work of the family therapist interested in individual dynamics, and preparing the psychodynamically-oriented therapist who seeks to extend her craft from the dyad to the triad, and beyond.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415992428
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/27/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: New Possibilities for Integration. Theoretical Overview. An Orientation to Family Systems Theory. Controversies and Conundrums. Context and Culture. Family Patterns. Attachment Theory: A New Frontier. Development from a Family Perspective. Diagnosis from a Family Perspective. How to Intervene: Technique and Timing. The Therapeutic Relationship. Playfulness, Authority and Authenticity. Referrals: Who? When? Where? Epilogue

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