Wisdom in the Practice of Psychotherapy

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Overview

This book provides clinical guidance for psychotherapists at all levels in the form of brief clinical "wisdoms." The author explains and amplifies particular moments and interactions in the therapy process, from setting the stage for patient receptivity and forming a therapeutic alliance, to curative agents and their deceptions. The clinical axioms in this book are selected from analyses of therapist and patient interactions and underscore the fact that psychotherapy is first and foremost a communication process, a systematic use of the human relationship. The author maintains that mutual therapeutic communication is the pivot of treatment that supersedes all schools and specific techniques. The volume merges two major trends of psychotherapy practice today: elucidating specific techniques for clinical use as well as presenting an orientation of rapprochement in both theory and strategy. The book distills several existing complex and highly elaborate views of the human psyche, its ills and its cures, and identifies basic principles of treatment that are relevant for real-life therapeutic endeavors. While the work is grounded in the overriding theoretical concepts of various major psychologies - drive theory, ego psychology, object relations theory, and self psychology, in juxtaposition with language and communication theory and existential philosophy - its emphasis is on the synthesis of diverse schools. It offers a generic therapeutic philosophy and experiential wisdom that can engender growth in its practitioners and ultimately its patients.

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The author explains and amplifies particular moments and interactions in the therapy process, showing how psychotherapy is a communication process that supercedes all schools and specific techniques. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465091027
  • Publisher: Adams, Mark A. Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/15/1995

Meet the Author

T. Byram Karasu, M.D.
T. Byram Karasu, M.D.
Currently the Silverman Professor and the University Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, T. Byram Karasu, M.D. makes his years of breakthrough psychological research accessible to the lay reader with practical works such as The Art of Serenity.

Biography

Renowned throughout the medical community, psychiatrist T. Byram Karasu, M.D. is the Silverman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Sigmund Freud Award and the APA's Presidential Commendation.

Dr. Karasu has published extensively in professional journals and is the author of psychiatric textbooks such as the seminal Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders. He has also written spiritual self-help guides, including the New York Times bestsellers The Art of Serenity and The Spirit of Happiness; and, in 2009, he published Rags of My Soul, a first book of poetry.

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Karasu explained in our interview how he likes to unwind: "I like quietness; I seek sanctuary in places protected from the sounds of civilization. I like to sit still in my garden -- I am a good gardener, hard labor part included -- and I listen to nature, the ultimate teacher. There for hours I do nothing, waiting, not even waiting, just being. At times I touch a flower, I kiss its petals; I try to get very close to bumblebees and butterflies -- a few times their wings hit my eyelashes. In the garden I commune with the birds, insects and vegetation. I feel one with them and whole."

"My other sanctuaries are writing and reading where I converse with myself and with other authors. Reading a minimum of 200 books to writing 1 is a reasonable proportion. Those who write more than they read, tend to rediscover the wheel -- a lower quality of that. Other times I spend time with friends, my alternative home."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Toksoz Karasu, Toksoz B. Karasu, Toksoz Byram Karasu
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York, and Westport, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 11, 1935
    2. Place of Birth:
      Erzurum, Turkey
    1. Education:
      University of Istanbul School of Medicine, 1959; Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, 1969

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