Between Give and Take: A Clinical Guide to Contextual Therapy

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Psychology Press, 1986 - Psychology - 432 pages
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This volume provides a comprehensive, sharply focused guide to the clinical use of Contextual Therapy as a therapy rooted in the reality of human relationships. The basic principles of Contextual Therapy and their implications for the therapeutic process are examined as well as other essential areas such as the four dimensions of the therapeutic process; the client-therapist dialogue; overcoming resistances in therapy; and therapeutic methods, illustrated by a detailed case presentation and discussion of contextual work with marriage. Presenting a remarkably effective system of psychotherapy, this text is sure to enrich the therapeutic work of every clinician.
 

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Contents

the Contextual Approach
21
The Development of
32
The Four Dimensions of Relational Reality
43
A FourDimensional
67
Three Aspects of the Dialogue Between Persons
73
Dialogue Between the Person and the Human
98
The ClientTherapist Dialogue
137
Assessing Relational Reality
153
Crediting
263
Multidirected Partiality
281
Contextual Work with Marriage
313
APPLICATIONS AND GUIDELINES
331
Divorce and Remarriage
345
Other Applications of Contextual Therapy
375
The Making of a Contextual Therapist
395
On Meaning Between the Generations
409

Health Autonomy and Relational Resources
199
Reworking the Impasse
215
A Case Illustration
235

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