Listening to Patients: Relearning the Art Of Healing In Psychotherapy

Hardcover | June 15, 2000

byRichard G. Druss

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In this gem of a book, master teacher and psychiatrist Richard G. Druss stresses a flexible and humane approach to psychotherapy. Using clinical anecdotes as a method of teaching, Druss presents some of his own early cases--failures as well as successes-and through these moving vignettes givesus fresh insights into both the therapeutic process and the healing relationship between therapist and patient. As he has to generations of supervisees, Druss describes the value and beauty of learning how to listen to patients. The chapters in this volume follow a logical and chronologicalsequence--from the initial establishment of rapport with a new patient to the realization of goals at the end of therapy. Along the way, Druss examines such topics as "Conflict, Personality, and Culture in Psychotherapy," "The Spiritual Life of Patients," and Patients Who Return to PsychotherapyAfter Termination." This book is written for psychiatry residents, medical students, and practitioners of clinical psychology, social work, nursing, and primary care medicine. This beautifully written volume, totally free of jargon and arcane terminology, would be of equal interest to any educatedperson who wishes to know more about modern dynamic psychotherapy.

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In this gem of a book, master teacher and psychiatrist Richard G. Druss stresses a flexible and humane approach to psychotherapy. Using clinical anecdotes as a method of teaching, Druss presents some of his own early cases--failures as well as successes-and through these moving vignettes givesus fresh insights into both the therapeutic...

Richard G. Druss is at Columbia University, New York.
Format:HardcoverPublished:June 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195135938

ISBN - 13:9780195135930

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Creating the Working Alliance2. The Initial Sessions: Setting the Course3. Positive Transferences in Psychotherapy4. Conflict, Personality, and Culture in Psychotherapy5. Body Image: In the Eye of the Beholder6. Supervision of Psychotherapy7. The Spiritual Life of Patients8. Termination of Psychotherapy: Patient's Goals, Therapist's Goals9. Patients Who Return to PsychotherapyNotesIndex

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"This excellent journey into modern dynamic psychotherapy emphasizes the various and sometimes overlooked facets of the working alliance between patient and therapist. ... Readers are guided in a logical and chronological sequence from the establishment of rapport to more complicated issues ofpsychotherapy such as conflict and transference. ... This book is a back-to-basics approach in an easy-to-follow format, and the author reminds clinicians to listen and promote empathy, flexibility, and imagination in therapy. A rare book; this reviewer found it difficult to put down. Readers willbe moved and inspired by the author. Targeted toward psychiatry residents, medical students, and trainees in clinical psychology, social work, and nursing, this book is an exceptional piece of psychiatric work. The author epitomizes what a true teacher is. His credibility and knowledge areunquestionable, and his warm compassion for patients shines ever so brightly through his writing."--Choice