A Short Introduction to Psychotherapy by Christine Lister-Ford

By Christine Lister-Ford

A brief creation to Psychotherapy is an obtainable consultant to the sector for somebody embarking on education or just drawn to checking out extra approximately psychotherapy. Mapping the advance and dimensions of up to date perform, the booklet explores the origins of psychotherapy; its purposes by way of modalities, settings and patron populations; primary theoretical techniques; the character of educating and profession paths for certified practitioners; and major evaluations, either from inside and outdoors psychotherapy. A staff of recognized and highly-regarded individuals research concerns that have specific pertaining to psychotherapy this present day

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Every aspect of the person is contingent upon every other aspect and cannot be separated off. Equally, the person’s context (life situation, culture) cannot be ignored without inevitably misunderstanding or misperceiving the person. RELATIONSHIP Another core value is the centrality of human relatedness. Human beings are viewed as essentially social, and there is a recognition that problems often have their source in human relating, and that the human relationship offered by the psychotherapist is the most potent healing aspect in the psychotherapeutic process.

This is a very important concept in psychodynamic therapy as the therapeutic relationship itself and the patterns contained within it are understood as giving the client direct insight into their past experiences and how they are influencing them now. Therapeutic application CLIENT GROUP A psychodynamic approach has application in individual, couple and group psychotherapy. qxd 5/2/2007 7:52 PM Page 35 PSYCHOTHERAPY APPLICATIONS 35 and the frequency of sessions varies from weekly to as much as five times a week.

For a time there was just this one approach – a psychoanalytically driven way of working with people. It was against this Freudian model that approaches could be evaluated as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ – the closer to Freud’s original dictums, the closer the psychotherapy was to ‘goodness’. The modernist security in one truth, one approach and one understanding no longer holds in a postmodernist world. There are multiple truths, each one forming its own coherent picture of the world. The old form of objectivism in which a world could be conceived as something outside of us that we can observe and categorise is over.

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