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Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy

Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy


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Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy

The therapeutic relationship is essential to positive outcomes of psychotherapy. In this book, Shari Geller and Leslie Greenberg argue that therapeutic presence is the fundamental underlying quality of the therapeutic relationship and, hence, effective therapy. Therapeutic presence is the state of having one's whole self in the encounter with a client by being completely in the moment on a multiplicity of levels — physically, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually.Present therapists become aware of both their own experience and that of their client through bodily sensations and emotions, and this awareness helps them to connect deeply with the client. Therapeutic presence is not a replacement for technique, but rather a foundational therapeutic stance that supports deep listening and understanding of the client in the moment. Geller and Greenberg present their empirically based model of therapeutic presence that integrates three aspects of the concept: how present therapists prepare for presence both pre-session and in general life, what activities therapists engage in when being therapeutically present, and what in-session presence feels like. The authors also provide a therapeutic presence theory of relationship based on research and clinical wisdom. Importantly, because presence is a learnable state that can be cultivated with practice and commitment, the authors infuse the book with practical, experiential exercises for cultivating presence.

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ISBN-13: 9781433810602
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 11/15/2011
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 598,761
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

I Theoretical and Empirical Basis of the Model 15

Chapter 1 History of Presence Across Theoretical Approaches 17

Chapter 2 Empirical Research on Therapeutic Presence 37

Chapter 3 Therapeutic Presence: A Theory of Relationship 51

II The Model of Therapeutic Presence 73

Chapter 4 Preparing the Ground for Therapeutic Presence 75

Chapter 5 The Process of Therapeutic Presence 93

Chapter 6 The Experience of Therapeutic Presence 109

III Additional Perspectives on Therapeutic Presence 133

Chapter 7 Levels of Therapeutic Presence 135

Chapter 8 Challenges to Therapeutic Presence 143

Chapter 9 Neurobiology of Therapeutic Presence 161

IV The Cultivation of Therapeutic Presence 177

Chapter 10 Buddhist Mindfulness: A Way of Enhancing Therapeutic Presence 179

Chapter 11 Experiential Approaches: Somatic, Emotion-Focused, Creative, and Relational Approaches to Cultivating Therapeutic Presence 207

Chapter 12 Therapeutic Presence Exercises and Practices 231

Epilogue 255

References 263

Index 285

About the Authors 303

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