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The Responsive Psychotherapist: Attuning to Clients in the Moment
Watson, Jeanne C. and Hadas Wiseman (Eds)
American Psychological Association / Softcover / 2021-06-01 / 1433834014
Psychotherapy / Person-Centered and Experiential Therapy & Counsel
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This book examines how psychotherapists can be appropriately responsive to clients' unique needs across a variety of therapeutic approaches by saying or doing the right thing at the right time.

Expert contributors from a variety of theoretical orientations synthesize key research and identify common factors across the field of psychology as well as unique contributions that each approach offers.

Chapters first explore important broad concepts and strategies, including therapists attuning to their clients' needs, examining the importance of the therapeutic relationship, the role clinicians play as attachment figures for their clients, and repairing ruptures in the working alliance.

Building from this foundation, chapters then explore specific types of therapy in detail, including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, control mastery theory, narrative therapy, relationship-focused therapy for LGBTQ individuals and their nonaccepting caregivers, and integrative therapies. They review strategies for responding to specific client markers, cultural diversity considerations, guidance for training and supervision, and directions for future research.

Clinical case examples enrich the material, demonstrating the dos and do nots of responsiveness with diverse clients.

About the Authors:

Jeanne C. Watson, PhD, C.Psych., is a professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, OISE. University of Toronto, Canada. A major exponent of humanistic-experiential psychotherapy, she has contributed to the development of emotion-focused therapy. Dr. Watson has conducted psychotherapy outcome studies to examine the effectiveness of different approaches to psychotherapy and the active ingredients of change. She has coauthored and coedited multiple books, including Emotion-Focused Therapy for Generalized Anxiety with Leslie Greenberg. Dr. Watson was President of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research in 2014-2015 and recognized as an APA Fellow in 2013.

Hadas Wiseman, PhD, is a professor hair of the doctoral studies committee in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the University of Haifa, Israel. She is also on faculty in the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies. Her scholarly work and research focuses on the psychotherapy process, the therapeutic relationship, attachment in psychotherapy, personal and professional development of psychotherapists, and intergenerational trauma and interpersonal relationships in families of Holocaust survivors. She coedited Developing the Therapeutic Relationship with Orya Tishby. Dr. Wiseman is a certified clinical psychologist in private practice in Kiryat Tivon, Israel.

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