Therapist and Client: A Relational Approach to Psychotherapy by Patrick NolanTherapist and Client: A Relational Approach to Psychotherapy by Patrick Nolan

Therapist and Client: A Relational Approach to Psychotherapy

byPatrick Nolan

Paperback | April 30, 2012

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Therapist and Client: A Relational Approach to Psychotherapy provides a guide to the fundamental interpersonal elements of the therapeutic relationship that make it the most effective factor in therapy.

  • Presents the fundamental interpersonal elements that make the therapeutic relationship the most effective factor in psychotherapy
  • Explores and integrates a range of approaches from various schools, from psychoanalysis to body-oriented psychotherapy and humanistic psychotherapies
  • Offers clear and practical explanations of the intersubjective aspects of therapy
  • Demonstrates the pivotal need to work in the present moment in order to effect change and tailor therapy to the client
  • Provides detailed case studies and numerous practical applications of infant research and the unified body-mind perspective increasingly revealed by neuroscience
Patrick Nolan is a Psychotherapist and the Director of the Irish Institute for Integrated Psychotherapy. He is co-author of Object Relations and Integrative Psychotherapy: Tradition and Innovation in Theory and Practice (2002) and has written about integrative, psychoanalytic and body psychotherapy in numerous publications.
Title:Therapist and Client: A Relational Approach to PsychotherapyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:230 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.45 inPublished:April 30, 2012Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0470019530

ISBN - 13:9780470019535

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgements xv

Introduction xvii

1 Applying Findings from Infant Research 1

Introduction 1

Intersubjectivity 3

References 24

2 The Interpersonal Relationship 27

Introduction 27

The Evolution of a Relational Approach 28

The Therapist: Self with Other 30

Reflecting on Self and Other 42

Repairing the Relationship 45

References 51

3 Potential Space, Creativity and Play 54

Introduction 54

Intersubjectivity – the Realm of Potential Space 55

The Therapeutic Space 56

Creativity and Play 65

References 84

4 The Intersubjective Experience 86

Introduction 86

Defining and Exploring the Intersubjective Experience 90

References 104

5 The Relational Body–Mind 106

Introduction 106

The Nature of the Relational Body–Mind 109

A Relational Body–Mind Perspective 112

Five Modes of Experience, Function and Expression 114

Taking a Body–Mind Stance 119

Relational Body–Mind Therapy 121

Transference-Countertransference and the Body–Mind 131

‘Fragile’ Clients 132

References 134

6 Working with Trauma and Fragile Clients 137

Introduction 137

Therapy for the Traumatized Body–Mind 138

Working with Fragile Clients 149

References 157

7 Adapting Therapy to the Client: A Relational Approach 159

Introduction 159

Assessment 163

Creating the Therapeutic Frame 171

Tailoring the Therapist's Stance 174

Choosing a Level 184

Staying Adaptable and Relational 189

Arriving at an Individual Style 192

References 194

Index 197

Editorial Reviews

Nolan’s integrative approach to psychotherapy is unique. It draws together concepts and practices from many therapeutic traditions including humanistic, client-centered, gestalt, psychoanalytic, object-relations, interpersonal and body-oriented approaches. It also takes account of recent advances in developmental psychology and neuroscience. Through clinical case material this book offers a novel perspective on a range of critical issues including the centrality of the therapeutic alliance, matching the therapeutic process to clients’ needs, and addressing mind-body and self-other dualities. Nolan is widely acclaimed for his approach to psychotherapy training. This book is long awaited and should be read by both psychotherapists in training and experienced therapists. —Alan Carr, Director of Clinical Psychology, University College Dublin, Ireland Drawing on findings from infant research, many schools of psychotherapy, and other disciplines including neuroscience, plus over thirty years of clinical experience, Patrick Nolan affirms the relational field as the locus of both suffering and healing. In doing so he challenges our ideas about the nature of individual psychopathology and re-visions the role of the therapist. Therapist as tender of the Hachoka – The Lakota word for sacred circle; the dynamic web of relationships in which we are each embedded. This is a valuable guide for psychotherapists attempting to forge a relational way of working. —Michael Kearney, Medical Director of Palliative Care, Cottage Health Systems, California; author of ‘Mortally Wounded: Stories of Soul Pain, Death, and Healing’ and ‘A Place of Healing: Working with Nature and Soul at the end of Life’