The introduction and the twenty-one chapters in this book reflect the ongoing development and refinement of Relational and Integrative Psychotherapy. Each chapter amalgamates ideas from several theoretical frame works: Client-Centred Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology, as well as inter-subjective and co-creative perspectives.The theory of 'Life Script' serves as a unifying theme to elaborate the concepts of unconscious experience, attachment and relational patterns, the essentialness of contact-in-relationship, and the centrality of relational-needs in the practice of psychotherapy. This book begins with eight philosophical assumptions essential in the practice of a relational psychotherapy. Integrated throughout the chapters is a sensitivity to both normal developmental processes and the psychological compensations that occur when there has been prolonged neglect and psychological trauma. Several case presentations illustrate the use of phenomenological and historical inquiry, developmental and rhythmic attunement, and the importance of therapeutic presence.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Preface -- Introduction: Philosophical principles of integrative psychotherapy -- Integrative psychotherapy: theory, process, and relationship -- A therapy of contact-in-relationship -- Attunement and involvement: therapeutic responses to relational needs -- Psychotherapy of unconscious experience -- Life scripts and attachment patterns: theoretical integration and therapeutic involvement -- Life scripts: unconscious relational patterns and psychotherapeutic involvement -- The script system: an unconscious organization of experience -- Psychological functions of life scripts -- Integrating expressive methods in a relational psychotherapy -- Bonding in relationship: a solution to violence? -- A Gestalt therapy approach to shame and self-righteousness: theory and methods -- The schizoid process -- Early affect-confusion: the “borderline” between despair and rage -- Balancing on the “borderline” of early affect-confusion -- Relational healing of early affect-confusion -- Introjection, psychic presence, and Parent ego states: considerations for psychotherapy -- Resolving intrapsychic conflict: psychotherapy of Parent ego states -- What do you say before you say goodbye? Psychotherapy of grief -- Nonverbal stories: the body in psychotherapy -- Narcissism or the therapist’s error?