On April 11, 2003 Patricia A. DeYoung, MSW, Ph.D., and Caversham Booksellers held a very successful launch event for this book. Congratulations, Pat!
"This engaging, user-friendly introduction to relational psychotherapy skillfully integrates the various relational perspectives in contemporary psychoanalysis into a practical and courageously personal account. DeYoung's understanding of relationality is rich, complex, and nuanced. I will recommend this book enthusiastically to my students, supervisees, and colleagues" -- Donna M. Orange, Faculty and Supervising Analyst, Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity; Author, Emotional Understanding: Studies in Psychoanalytic Epistemology
"DeYoung talks to us in a refreshingly clear and connected way, respectfully articulating complex ideas and controversial issues in language that the beginner will understand and the seasoned will appreciate. In short, she openly gives us a comprehensible and convincing account of what good psychotherapy is about from the point of view f both the therapist and the patient" -- Howard A. Bacal, Training and Supervising Analyst, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis; author of Optimal Responsiveness: How Therapists Heal their Patients
"I found this to be a superb book for beginners at all levels of clinical experience. Newcomers to psychotherapy will find it accessible and user friendly. Newcomers to the relational approach will find the author's succinct non-technical rendition of complex ideas a welcoming introduction to this latest phase in the ongoing evolution of psychoanalytic theories of clinical practice" -- Alan R. Kindler, M.B.B.S., F.R.C.P.(C), President, Institute for the Advancement of Self-Psychology, Training and Supervising Analyst, Toronto Institute for Psychoanalysis
Relational Psychotherapy: A Primer advances the understanding of this comprehensive, reliable model of treatment as it follows the trajectory of the therapy process from beginning to end. Using clear language and warm human terms, experienced therapist and teacher Patricia DeYoung addresses the challenges and rewards of doing relational therapy. She presents relational therapy against a wide range of contemporary psychotherapies, weaving a working synthesis of self psychology, intersubjective theory, various psychoanalytically informed developmental theories, relational psychoanalysis, and feminist self-in-relation theory. Relational Psychotherapy is an essential reference text for both therapists and students, while its personal and lucid writing style make it easily accessible to clients interested in learning more about psychotherapy.
Introduction. The Book: An Overview. Who Needs Relational Therapy? Who Makes a Good Relational Therapist? Chapter I: Relational Therapy and its Contexts. Chapter II: Beginning with the Basics: Structure, Ethics, and Empathy. Chapter III: Assessment: What's Wrong When Your Client Feels Bad? Chapter IV: Between Past and Present, Memory and Now. Chapter V. The Terribly Hard Part of Relational Psychotherapy. Chapter VI: The Wonderfully Good Part of Relational Psychotherapy. Chapter VII: Ending and Going On.