Working with the Core Relationship Problem in Psychotherapy: A Handbook for Clinicians

Working with the Core Relationship Problem in Psychotherapy: A Handbook for Clinicians

by Althea J. Horner, Horner
     
 

In this important book, noted author, teacher, and psychologist Althea J. Horner shows how to reveal, understand, and use the powerful Core Relationship Problem-which is formed from earliest childhood and creates an image of the self in relation to others-so it can act as a Rosetta stone for understanding the underlying conflict that repeatedly plays out in a

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In this important book, noted author, teacher, and psychologist Althea J. Horner shows how to reveal, understand, and use the powerful Core Relationship Problem-which is formed from earliest childhood and creates an image of the self in relation to others-so it can act as a Rosetta stone for understanding the underlying conflict that repeatedly plays out in a client's behavior. Once this essential element is uncovered clinicians can work with their clients to successfully resolve common presenting problems.Grounded in the author's wealth of research and practical experience, the book is filled with illustrative examples and accessible information that demonstrates how to work with difficult personality types and problematic issues that often surface during the course of therapy. For example, the author explains how to achieve results with clients who exhibit obsessive- compulsive disorder, dissociated states, and Don Juan behavior. She also shows how to react if a client wants to be hugged, offers a gift, or resents paying for treatment. In addition the book offers practical advice on how to handle the difficult issues of transference/countertranference and work with clients who can sabotage the therapeutic process by trying to win over the therapist.As timely as it is comprehensive, the book offers specific recommAndations for dealing with termination issues and offers solutions for the special problems that can arise when working with patients in a managed care environment. The book is also a vital resource for therapists who are in a supervisory position.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In this important book, Dr. Althea Horner, a remarkably skilledtheoretician, continues to expand her developmental objectrelational model, a perspective that is solidly grounded in veryrecent findings in developmental psychopathology and neurobiology.But in addition, as a master clinician, she then demonstrates howan understanding of early- forming core relationship problems canoffer penetrating insights into working with characterologicaldisturbances. Due to her integrative contributions andextraordinary ability to explain complex clinical phenomena inclear and accessible language, I highly recommAnd this book totherapists of all persuasions." —Allan N. Schore, department ofpsychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, University of California atLos Angeles School of Medicine

"Once again, Althea Horner demonstrates that she is a master of thetheory and practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy. In her latestbook, Horner goes directly to the heart of the treatment. Sheclarifies the importance of identifying the core relationshipproblem early in treatment as it is the organizing principle forunderstanding the many layers of adaptive/defensive elaborationthat accrue over the years. . . .The Core Relationship Problem inPsychotherapy is full of material that all clinicians—beginner andseasoned practitioners alike—will find thought provoking andrewarding." —Marion Solomon, author of Narcissism andIntimacy

"A testament to concision, wisdom, and instruction inpsychotherapy. . . . My own experiences with patients flickeredconstantly through my thoughts as I read, and I was pleased to findnew insights into clinical encounters about which I had previouslybeen complacent. The handling of specific. . . . clinical issuesall are considered with nondogmatic sensitivity." —Douglas H.Ingram, dean, American Institute for Psychoanalysis and clinicalprofessor of psychiatry, New York Medical College

"Dr. Horner does it again! Her clear, concise style andcompassionate tone draws the reader effectively through aneducation in the theory, art, and practice of psychodynamicpsychotherapy, utilizing the core conflictual model. Every aspectof this most difficult of professions is elucidated by a elegantand common sense approach that leaves the student of psychotherapywith the feeling of having been touched by a master clinician."—William H. Rickles, M.D., private practice, Los Angeles, CA

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This handbook is designed to assist therapists in identifying the patient's core relationship problem early in the treatment and to use this understanding of the problem as a basis for therapy. Topics include the place of the signifier in psychoanalytic object relations theory, the contribution of family system pathology to core relationship problems, common clinical problems associated with the author's approach, the negative therapeutic reaction, and interminable therapy and transference resistance. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787943011
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/24/1998
Series:
Psychology Series
Pages:
185
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

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