9781572304161

Therapeutic Communication Knowing What to Say When

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  • ISBN13:

    9781572304161

  • ISBN10:

    1572304162

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/10/1998
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press
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Summary

This uniquely practical volume examines precisely what the therapist can say at key moments to enhance therapeutic effectiveness and the process of healing and change. Through vivid clinical illustrations, the book illuminates why some communications in therapy are particularly effective, while others addressing essentially the very same content may actually be countertherapeutic. Wachtel's powerful integrative theory also provides new insights into how psychological disorder evolves, how it is maintained, and how psychotherapy contributes to change.

Author Biography

Paul L. Wachtel, PhD, is CUNY Distinguished Professor at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His publications include Family Dynamics in Individual Psychotherapy (with Ellen F. Wachtel).

Table of Contents

The Talking Cure
1(16)
Cyclical Psychodynamics I: Vicious Circles
16(15)
Cyclical Psychodynamics II: The Centrality of Anxiety
31(17)
Cyclical Psychodynamics III: Insight, the Therapeutic Relationship, and the World Outside
48(20)
Accusatory and Facilitative Comments: Criticism and Permission in the Therapeutic Dialogue
68(19)
Exploration, Not Interrogation
87(23)
Building on the Patient's Strengths
110(25)
Affirmation and Change
135(22)
Attribution and Suggestion
157(28)
Reframing, Relabeling, and Paradox
185(21)
Therapist Self-Disclosure: Prospects and Pitfalls
206(29)
Achieving Resolution of the Patient's Difficulties: Resistance, Working Through, and Following Through
235(38)
Postscript: Therapeutic Communication with Couples
273(21)
Ellen F. Wachtel
References 294(8)
Index 302

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