Language And Connection In Psychotherapy: Words Matter by Mary H. DavisLanguage And Connection In Psychotherapy: Words Matter by Mary H. Davis

Language And Connection In Psychotherapy: Words Matter

byMary H. Davis

Paperback | June 12, 2014

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Language and Connection in Psychotherapy: Words Matter explores the role of language in interpersonal and intrapsychic life, looking at how it can support as well as interfere with our ability to function in a social environment. The ways in which language can be used and enhanced to foster change within psychotherapy are discussed, exploring the tension between explicit or verbal thought and implicit or nonverbal thought.
Mary Davis, MD, is a board certified psychiatrist and child/adolescent psychiatrist, as well as a graduate psychoanalyst for both children and adults. She has been in practice since 1980, working in inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment settings. She has been interested in the ways in which language facilitates and interfere...
Title:Language And Connection In Psychotherapy: Words MatterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:130 pages, 8.99 × 6.06 × 0.45 inPublished:June 12, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442238208

ISBN - 13:9781442238206

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction Chapter 1: The Language of Color and HopeChapter 2: Bringing Meaning to Words in PsychotherapyChapter 3: Function Follows FormChapter 4: Bridging the Gap: Language and Relational DistanceChapter 5: Normal Language DevelopmentChapter 6: Interferences with Normal Language DevelopmentChapter 7: Speaking the Unspeakable: Language and TraumaChapter 8: Saying the Unsayable: How We Say What There Are No Words ForChapter 9: Why (and How) Do Words Matter?BibliographyIndexAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

Davis is a child/adolescent psychiatrist and "graduate psychoanalyst" for children and adults. She has been in practice since 1980. In this brief volume, she shares her understanding of how communication occurs in her therapeutic work with a wide range of patients. The volume is well written, and the jargon is scant. The author does not specify an intended audience; rather, she says that her intention is to share what she has come to understand about her work. She reveals her presence across a range of actual patients. She clearly has reflected, through her professional work, across major theorists, but this is not a scholarly volume per se. Davis writes of translating patients to oneself and then to them, of helping them see how others misunderstand their intent, and how they misunderstand the intentions of others. Chapters include easy-to-grasp case examples. This volume will be appreciated by undergraduates in developmental psychology courses and by beginning therapists in the helping professions. Davis conveys care, openness, readiness to regroup, and discipline without rigidity. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; professionals.