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From The CriticsReviewer: Patricia Blagman, EdD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This book describes the complex aspects of the therapeutic relationship, in theory and practice, with concepts primarily drawn from the field of psychotherapy.
Purpose: The authors wish to help practitioners reflect more deeply on how best to use themselves to promote healing relationships with their clients. These are indeed important objectives, as clients are turning to complementary practitioners for better relationships with healthcare providers. The book provides a thorough presentation of the practice and research of the therapeutic relationship.
Audience: This book is written for all healthcare practitioners, especially practitioners of complementary therapies. I agree with the authors that a caring, relationship-centered interaction increases healing. The authors are clinical psychologists involved in teaching and research at the University of Exeter in the U.K.
Features: A thorough discussion of major concepts for considering the therapeutic relationship for healthcare practitioners, both traditional and complementary, who need more knowledge and insight into this process, is provided. Within the context of holism, issues affecting the practitioner and client in relationship are explored.
Assessment: This book provides insights, research, and theory from clinical psychology on the therapeutic relationship that can be applied to all practitioners in the healing arts. It is, perhaps, misnamed, as it does not pertain to any healthcare modality, complementary or traditional. It is rather a work to help all practitioners deepen the personal, therapeutic aspects of their practices.