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A Healing Relationship: Commentary on Therapeutic Dialogues
Richard G. Erskine
Phoenix Publishing House / Softcover / 2020-11-01 / 1912691752
price: $63.50
160 pages
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A Healing Relationship: Commentary on Therapeutic Dialogues contains word-for-word transcripts of three actual psychotherapy sessions accompanied by Dr Erskine’s comments about the theories and methods that have influenced his therapeutic involvement with each client. In addition, Dr Erskine videoed each of these sessions and the footage will be available to access for all who buy the book.

A Healing Relationship is about a relationally focused psychotherapy, how the author works, and why. The first couple of chapters provide a brief orientation to relationally focused aspects of an integrative psychotherapy. The heart of the book are the transaction-by-transaction examples of what actually occurred in the psychotherapeutic dialogue. It is composed of three verbatim transcripts along with annotations about what the author was thinking and feeling when he engaged in psychotherapy with each client. Many of the annotated comments as well as the actual therapeutic dialogue will describe some elements of the process of relationally focused psychotherapy and the reasoning behind his therapeutic comments, silences, and challenge.

This book is intended to elicit a dialogue between the reader and the psychotherapist / author and is written as though a personal letter. Psychotherapy is such an interpersonal encounter — an intimate meeting of two souls. No two psychotherapists will ever do the same therapy, even with the same client, even if they use the same theory and methods. It is important to appreciate how each think about theories, the concepts that underlie the methods chosen, how each assess the therapeutic setting, and express personal temperament.

Richard G. Erskine has taken an important step in communication about the practice of psychotherapy. Not only with this excellent book but also with video footage of the three therapy sessions, which will be made accessible to purchasers of the book. The overarching aim is to stimulate important conversations between colleagues; to both agree and disagree, to influence each other, to grow professionally, and to share knowledge.

Table of Contents:

About the author

Reflections on Relationally Focused Psychotherapy

Discovering Relational Psychotherapy

How I Practice Relational Psychotherapy

Relational Needs

Trauma, Relational Neglect, and the Need to Tell the Story

Attunement to Affect, Rhythm, and an Internal Child

Validation, Normalization, and Presence

A Collegial Dialogue


About the Author:

Richard G. Erskine, PhD, Training Director at the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy, is a clinical psychologist with five decades of experience in the clinical practice and teaching of psychotherapy. He has specialised in the treatment of severely disturbed children, run a therapeutic community in a maximum security prison, and conducted his psychotherapy practice in New York City specialising in the treatment of obsession, dissociation, narcissism, schizoid processes.

In 1972, as a professor at the University of Illinois, Dr Erskine developed the initial concepts of a developmentally based, relationally focused integrative psychotherapy. By 1976 he established the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy in New York City and, along with members of the Professional Development Seminars, continued the development, research and refinement of a relational and integrative psychotherapy. Each year Dr Erskine teaches formal courses and experiential workshops on the theory and methods in several countries around the world. He is a licensed psychoanalyst, certified transactional analyst, internationally recognised Gestalt therapist, and a certified group psychotherapist. He is the author of eight books and numerous articles on the practice of psychotherapy. Some of the articles are available on his website.

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