A Short Introduction to Psychotherapy by Christine Lister-Ford

By Christine Lister-Ford

A brief advent to Psychotherapy is an available consultant to the sector for someone embarking on education or just drawn to checking out extra approximately psychotherapy. Mapping the improvement and dimensions of latest perform, the publication explores the origins of psychotherapy; its functions when it comes to modalities, settings and buyer populations; principal theoretical options; the character of educating and occupation paths for certified practitioners; and major evaluations, either from inside of and out of doors psychotherapy. A workforce of famous and highly-regarded participants research concerns that have specific touching on psychotherapy at the present time

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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. Instead we conceive of the world as a place of multiple truths in which coherence matters. The ability of theories to make meaning of the world, to be able to frame a part of the world into a coherent narrative is much more attractive to many of us now. Psychotherapy is a wonderful embodiment of this postmodernist sensibility. The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy lists over 70 member organisations, at least 50 of whom claim some uniqueness in approach.

First, there is a ‘technical eclecticism’ approach in which the practitioner seeks ‘to determine the core ingredients different therapies might share in common, with the eventual goal of developing more efficacious treatment based on these components’ (Norcross and Grencavage, 1990: 8). This is a technique-based form of integration in which the practitioner seeks to utilise in her work a variety of approaches. Reconcilable and irreconcilable theories are brought together and the practitioner selects techniques and approaches that are effective in treatment.

When contact is interrupted the person becomes unable to meet his or her needs. This may happen in early life, resulting in what gestalt therapists call ‘unfinished business’ – repetitive patterned interruptions to their ‘organismic flow’. Addressing these interruptions is the primary focus of gestalt therapy, and this is done by paying attention to and exploring current experience. For Perls the therapist acted as a facilitator, and the focus was on the client’s phenomenological world, rather than on the relationship with the therapist.

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