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Beginnings, Second Edition: The Art and Science of Planning Psychotherapy



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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 4/26/2012.

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Utilizing a decade's worth of clinical experience gained since its original publication, Mary Jo Peebles builds and expands upon exquisitely demonstrated therapeutic approaches and strategies in this second edition of Beginnings. The essential question remains the same, however: How does a therapist begin psychotherapy? To address this delicate issue, she takes a thoughtful, step-by-step approach to the substance of those crucial first sessions, delineating both processes and potential pitfalls in such topics as establishing a therapeutic alliance, issues of trust, and history taking. Each chapter is revised and expanded to include the latest treatment research and modalities, liberally illustrated with rich case material, and espouse a commitment to the value of multiple theoretical perspectives. Frank and sophisticated, yet imminently accessible, this second edition will be an invaluable resource for educators, students, and seasoned practitioners of any therapeutic persuasion.

Table of Contents

Preface to the second editionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
About the authorp. xv
Beginningsp. 1
Understanding and diagnosisp. 11
Mappingp. 29
Alliancep. 43
Focusp. 57
History taking: How much is enough?p. 67
Engaging ourselves and the patient in the processp. 81
What material is important?p. 97
How can we be sure?p. 111
Trial interventions and feedbackp. 123
Four models of underlying developmental disruptionp. 137
What has gone right? Strengths and resiliencep. 147
The structural weakness modelp. 157
The trauma modelp. 169
The maladaptive character pattern modelp. 199
The conflicts and splits modelp. 207
Helping the patient form an alliance: Mapping paths of trust and repairp. 221
Reality testing and reasoningp. 235
The maturation of emotional balancep. 255
The maturation of relatednessp. 271
The maturation of moral sensep. 293
Respecting the psychological costs of changep. 311
The patient's learning stylep. 323
The power of expectations: Their influence on focus, modality, and stylep. 335
Modalitiesp. 345
Priorities and treatment episodesp. 351
Am I the right person?p. 365
Referencesp. 377
Indexp. 429
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