Mutual Growth in the Psychotherapeutic Relationship: Reciprocal Resilience is an essential, innovative guide for mental health professionals who listen repeatedly to stories of devastation and trauma.
Moving beyond traditions that consider the clinician as existing only for the patient and not as an individual, this breakthrough model explores the possibility of mutual resilience-building and personal benefit developing between therapists and their patients. The first section of the book situates Reciprocal Resilience in the context of evolving resilience studies. The second section provides lively, demonstrative clinical anecdotes from therapists themselves, organized into chapters focused on enhancing their positive strategies for coping and growth while functioning under duress.
This book presents a framework for teaching and supervising psychotherapists that can enrich clinician well-being, while recognizing the therapeutic relationship as the key for enabling patients’ emotional growth. It challenges mental health practitioners to share their own experiences, presenting a research model syntonic with how clinicians think and work daily in their professional practice. It offers a pioneering approach, finding inspiration in even the darkest moments for therapists and patients alike.
Table of Contents
Dedication. About the Author. List of Tables. Acknowledgements. Introduction Prologue 1. Concept of Reciprocal Resilience I. Theoretical Foundations 2. Seeking Reciprocal Resilience 3. Resilience, Countertransference, & Induced Feelings 4. Mature Adaptive Defenses II. Clinical Applications 5. Reciprocal Resilience in the Therapeutic Relationship 6. Altruism – The Runaway 7. Sublimation – My Handy Dandy Smart Phone 8. Suppression – I Just Kept Going 9. Anticipation – There’s a Gap Here 10. Humor – Poopy Solutions Epilogue 11. Pulling Everything Together. References.
About the Author
Patricia Harte Bratt is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist practicing in Livingston, NJ and New York City. She is a director of the Academy of Clinical & Applied Psychoanalysis (ACAP) and the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis-NJ, and president of the National Association for Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) and the NJ Certified Psychoanalysts Advisory Committee.