This innovative book provides therapists with a practical guide for treating patients from other cultures. Basing her material on extensive clinical work with patients from many ethnic backgrounds, Dr. Seeley shares insights on the problems of using a second language, recognizing cultural material presented in sessions, and making specific changes in clinical practice to accommodate cultural differences. This is a timely and well-conceived model of psychotherapy that enhances cross-cultural clinical work. --- from the publisher
"Karen Seeley (2000), an American psychotherapist with training in anthropology, social work, and cutural psychology, brought the strands of her interdisciplinary background to bear upon the intensive qualitative study of clients in psychodynamic therapy. The question of how psychotherapy is perceived and conceptualized across the culture gulf has rarely been asked, and the clients' reactions have rarely been given voice, except in relation to the possible complication in the therapy process that they engendered...Seeley's research is unique in that she interviewed other therapists' patients and thereby provided another perspective to thte experience of the therapy process.
Seeley's unique data provide valuable glimpses into her interviewees' subjective culture." óJuris Draguns, Handbook of Culture, Therapy and Healing
"The book is "one of the few that successfully combines anthropological and psychological perspectives on clinical work...It is written in plain language for psychotherapy practitioners at all levels of training." óJoan D. Koss-Chioino, Journal of Transcultural Psychiatry (39) 1
About The Author:
Karen Seeley, M.S.W., Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of anthropology at Columbia University, an adjunct professor of psychology at Barnard College, and a staff psychotherapist at Barnard College's Counseling and Psychological Services.