Empathy in Psychotherapy

Author: Frank-M. Staemmler
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 0826109349
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"In Empathy in Psychotherapy: How Therapists and Clients Understand Each Other, Frank-M. Staemmlerbrings together neuropsychology, the psychotherapy literature, the developmentalpsychology literature, and philosophical literature...to rigorously and thoroughly present a newview of the nature of empathy that makes it clear how the relationship can be healing. Thebook is an impressive effort of scholarship in which Staemmler has thoroughly grounded hisideas in the literatures that he brings to bear." --PsycCRITIQUES "Staemmler's new book on empathy, Empathy in Psychotherapy: How Therapists and Clients Understand Each Other, is a tour de force. Rarely have I read a book--surely not in psychoanalysis or psychotherapy--so scholarly and so accessible, so theoretically challenging and so humanistically rich." --International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology "People intuitively know that we travel the byways of life jointly. Dr. Staemmler takes this common sense perspective and through professionally astute examination transforms it into a dependable guideline for living. His de-mystification and humanization of the elusive dynamics of communal existence returns the reader to the old adage that we are all in the same boat and, further, that it is emotionally imperative to let ourselves be there." Erving Polster, PhD Director, The Gestalt Institute of San Diego According to large scale studies on therapeutic outcomes, psychotherapists' ability to understand their clients has been considered the second most important healing factor in all therapies. The author of this scholarly volume seeks to improve our understanding of the immense therapeutic potential that the human capacity for empathy holds, and to improve our use of it in therapeutic practice. Drawing from the work of great thinkers in philosophy, literature, theology, psychology, and social sciences, and recent discoveries in neuroscience, the author provides a critique of traditional concepts of empathy and creates a new, more expansive definition. More specifically, the author exposes the basic characteristics of current individualistic ideologies that are concealed within traditional concepts of empathy and focuses on the concept that empathic relating between human beings does not just take place in the psyche but is an embodied process. The book also considers scientific phenomena from the field of parapsychology such as telepathy and clairvoyance, which can be thought of as special cases of empathy. The potential for certain types of meditation to increase our empathic abilities is also explored. Key Features: Improves our understanding of the potential for empathy to greatly enhance therapeutic practice Draws from philosophy, literature, theology, psychology, social sciences, and neuroscience to create a new definition of empathy Critiques traditional concepts of empathy and highlights their strengths and weaknesses

Empathy in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Author: Arthur J. Clark
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317716817
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The purpose of this text is to organize the voluminous material on empathy in a coherent and practical manner, filling a gap that exists in the current therapeutic literature. Empathy in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Perspectives and Practices comprehensively examines the function of empathy as it introduces students and practitioners to the potential effectiveness of utilizing empathic understanding in the treatment process. Employing empathy with full recognition of its strengths and limitations promotes sound strategies for enhancing client development. As an integral component of the therapeutic relationship, empathic understanding is indispensable for engaging clients from diverse backgrounds. This cogent work focuses on understanding empathy from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and developing interventions for effectively employing the construct across the course of treatment. The book also presents a new approach for integrating empathy through a Multiple Perspective Model in the therapeutic endeavor. Organized into three sections, the text addresses empathy in the following capacities: *historical and contemporary perspectives and practices in counseling and psychotherapy; *theoretical orientations in counseling and psychotherapy; and *a Multiple Perspective Model in counseling and psychotherapy. This widely appealing volume is designed for use in courses in counseling and therapy techniques, theories of counseling and psychotherapy, and the counseling internship, and is a valuable resource for counselors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other related fields of inquiry in the human services.

Transference and Empathy in Asian American Psychotherapy

Author: Jean Lau Chin
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275944933
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This work, set in the context of the growing Asian American population and its associated mental health needs, offers resource/training guidance for psychotherapists who intend to practice with minority communities. It deals with cultural factors that pose obstacles to western psychotherapy.

Being Empathic

Author: Steve Vincent
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1138030473
Format: PDF, Kindle
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‘This is the most stimulating, thorough, in-depth work on empathy as originated and developed by Carl Rogers within client-centred therapy and the person-centred approach that a reader will find. It provides a rigorous look at empathic understanding, with practical case illustrations throughout. 'What a ‘cornucopia’ of offerings are provided in this book. The quotes and extracts from Rogers are always to the point, and explorations of the concepts rich and original, each amplifying, yet not changing, Carl’s meanings. This book has a unique format and style, merging tradition with innovation and whimsy. It is both intellectually stimulating and very personal. I was delighted with the wit, humour, and plays on words. When compared with the reductionistic, stereotypic depiction of Rogers’ work in so many previous texts outside the Person Centred Approach community, this book is a breath of fresh air. I believe Steve has guided us with elegance and insight, wisdom and compassion, towards deeper understandings of the genius and profundity of Carl Rogers’ work and his principles. While the audience for this book might best be considered to be those in training as therapists, or students using the book as a university text, it will also be most helpful for practitioners who want to review and renew a deeper understanding of Rogers’ approach. Potential clients, in seeking a safe haven for their deep explorations, may also profit greatly from this book as a guide in their search.' Gay Leah Barfield in her Foreword

Empathic Brief Psychotherapy

Author: Barbara B. Seruya
Publisher: Jason Aronson
ISBN: 9780765700674
Format: PDF
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Dr. Seruya orients mental health professionals to brief therapy in general and to relevant elements of self psychology in particular, identifying new metaphors to form a conceptual bridge from traditional theories and strategies to a patient-centered experience encouraging focus on symptoms and rapid behavioral change.

Problem Solving Therapy in the Clinical Practice

Author: Mehmet Eskin
Publisher: Newnes
ISBN: 0123984688
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Evidence based or empirically supported psychotherapies are becoming more and more important in the mental health fields as the users and financers of psychotherapies want to choose those methods whose effectiveness are empirically shown. Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies are shown to have empirical support in the treatment of a wide range of psychological/psychiatric problems. As a cognitive-behavioral mode of action, Problem Solving Therapy has been shown to be an effective psychotherapy approach in the treatment and/or rehabilitation of persons with depression, anxiety, suicide, schizophrenia, personality disorders, marital problems, cancer, diabetes-mellitus etc. Mental health problems cause personal suffering and constitue a burden to the national health systems. Scientific evidence show that effective problem solving skills are an important source of resiliency and individuals with psychological problems exhibit a deficiency in effective problem solving skills. Problem solving therapy approach to the treatment and/or rehabilitation of emotional problems assumes that teaching effective problem solving skills in a therapeutic relationship increases resiliency and alleviates psychological problems.The book, in the first chapters, gives information on problem solving and the role of problem-solving in the etiology and the treatment of different forms of mental health problems. In the later chapters, it concentrates on psychotherapy, assessment and procedures of problem solving therapy. At the end it provides a case study. Provides a comprehensive appreciation of problem solving therapy Contains empirical evidence and applied focus for problem solving therapy which provides a scientific base and best practices Highlights the problem solving difficulties of persons with specific disorders

Essentials of Clinical Social Work

Author: Jerrold R. Brandell
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483324559
Format: PDF, ePub
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This brief version of Jerrold R. Brandell’s Theory & Practice of Clinical Social Work assembles coverage of the most vital topics for courses in Clinical Social Work/Advanced Practice. Written by established contributors in the field, this anthology addresses frameworks for treatment, therapeutic modalities, specialized clinical issues and themes, and dilemmas encountered in clinical social work practice. Now available in paperback and roughly half the size of the full-length version, Essentials of Clinical Social Work comes at a reduced cost for students who need to learn the basics of the course.

Therapy in the Real World

Author: Nancy Boyd-Franklin
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 1462510345
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Helping beginning and experienced therapists cope with the myriad challenges of working in agencies, clinics, hospitals, and private practice, this book distills the leading theories and best practices in the field. The authors provide a clear approach to engaging diverse clients and building rapport; interweaving evidence-based techniques to meet therapeutic goals; and intervening effectively with individuals, families, groups, and larger systems. Practitioners will find tools for addressing the needs of their clients while caring for themselves and avoiding burnout; students will find a clear-headed framework for making use of the variety of approaches available in mental health practice.

Client centered and Experiential Psychotherapy in the Nineties

Author: Germain Lietaer
Publisher: Leuven University Press
ISBN: 9789061863649
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This voluminous book of 47 chapters offers a good cross section of what is burgeoing in the field of client-centered and experiential psychotherapy on the threshold of the nineties. it does not represent a single vision but gives the floor to the various suborientations: classics Rogerians; client-centered therapists who favor some form of integration or even eclecticism; experiential psychotherapists for whom Gendlin's focusing approach is a precious way of working; client-centered therapists who look at the therapy process in terms of information-processing; existentially oriented therapists... Remarkable is that - for the first time in the history of client-centered/experiential psychotherapy - the European voice rings through forcefully: more than half of the contributions were written by authors from Western Europe.Several chapters contain reflections on the evolution—past, present, and future—of client-centered/experiential psychotherapy. The intensive research into the process, which had a central place in the initial phase of client-centered therapy, is given here ample attention, with several creative studies and proposals for renewal. In numerous contributions efforts are made to build and further develop a theroy of psychopathology, the client's process, the basic attitudes and task-oriented interventions of the therapist. The chapters dealing with clinical practice typically aim at the description of therapy with specific client populations and paricularly severely disturbed clients. And finally a few fields are introduced which are new or barely explored within the client-centered/experiential approach: working with dreams, health psychology, couple and family therapy.

Self Compassion in Psychotherapy Mindfulness Based Practices for Healing and Transformation

Author: Tim Desmond
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393711013
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Applying the art and science of self-compassion to day-to-day therapy work. This lucidly written guide integrates traditional Buddhist teachings and mindfulness with cutting-edge science from several distinct fields—including neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, psychotherapy outcome research, and positive psychology—to explain how clinicians can help clients develop a more loving, kind, and forgiving attitude through self-compassion. The practice of self-compassion supports effective therapy in two vital ways: (1) It helps clients become a source of compassion for themselves; and (2) it helps therapists be happier and generate more compassion for their clients. Researchers now understand that self-compassion is a skill that can be strengthened through deliberate practice, and that it is one of the strongest predictors of mental health and wellness. The brain’s compassion center, which neuroscientists call the Care Circuit, can be targeted and fortified using specific techniques. Filled with illuminating case examples, Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy shows readers how to apply self-compassion practices in treatment. The first two chapters illuminate what self-compassion is, the science behind it, and why it is so beneficial in therapy. The rest of the book unpacks practical clinical applications, covering not only basic clinical principles but also specific, evidence-based techniques for building affect tolerance, affect regulation, and mindful thinking, working with self-criticism, self-sabotage, trauma, addiction, relationship problems, psychosis, and more, and overcoming common roadblocks. Readers do not need to have any background in mindfulness in order to benefit from this book. However, those that do will find that self-compassion practices have the capacity to add new layers of depth to mindfulness-based therapies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).