Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy

Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy

by Paul L. Wachtel
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Guilford Publications, Inc.
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Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy

This important and innovative book explores a new direction in psychoanalytic thought that can expand and deepen clinical practice. Relational psychoanalysis diverges in key ways from the assumptions and practices that have traditionally characterized psychoanalysis. At the same time, it preserves, and even extends, the profound understanding of human experience and psychological conflict that has always been the strength of the psychoanalytic approach. Through probing theoretical analysis and illuminating examples, the book offers new and powerful ways to revitalize clinical practice.

See also Wachtel's Therapeutic Communication, Second Edition: Knowing What to Say When, an integrative, practical guide for therapists of all orientations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593856144
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 12/27/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1. Context and Relationship in Psychotherapy: An Introduction
2. How Do We Understand Another Person? One-Person and Two-Person Perspectives
3. The Dynamics of Personality: One-Person and Two-Person Views
4. From Two-Person to Contextual: Beyond Infancy and the Consulting Room
5. Drives, Relationships, and the Foundations of the Relational Point of View
6. The Limits of the Archaeological Vision: Relational Theory and the Cyclical–Contextual Model
7. Self-States, Dissociation, and the Schemas of Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity
8. Exploration, Support, Self-Acceptance, and the “School of Suspicion”
9. Insight, Direct Experience, and the Implications of a New Understanding of Anxiety
10. Enactments, New Relational Experience, and Implicit Relational Knowing
11. Confusions about Self-Disclosure: Real Issues, Pseudo-Issues, and the Inevitability of Trade-Offs
12. The “Inner” World, the “Outer” World, and the Lived-In World: Mobilizing for Change in the Patient’s Daily Life

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