A Healing Relationship: Individual Psychotherapy

Author(s) : Richard G. Erskine

A Healing Relationship: Individual Psychotherapy

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : March 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 160
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 95046
  • ISBN 13 : 9781912691753
  • ISBN 10 : 1912691752
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A Healing Relationship is about a relationally focused psychotherapy, how the author works, and why. The first couple of chapters provide a brief orientation to relationally focused aspects of an integrative psychotherapy. The heart of the book are the transaction-by-transaction examples of what actually occurred in the psychotherapeutic dialogue. It is composed of three verbatim transcripts along with annotations about what the author was thinking and feeling when he engaged in psychotherapy with each client. Many of the annotated comments as well as the actual therapeutic dialogue will describe some elements of the process of relationally focused psychotherapy and the reasoning behind his therapeutic comments, silences, and challenge.

This book is intended to elicit a dialogue between the reader and the psychotherapist / author and is written as though a personal letter. Psychotherapy is such an interpersonal encounter — an intimate meeting of two souls. No two psychotherapists will ever do the same therapy, even with the same client, even if they use the same theory and methods. It is important to appreciate how each think about theories, the concepts that underlie the methods chosen, how each assess the therapeutic setting, and express personal temperament.

Richard G. Erskine has taken an important step in communication about the practice of psychotherapy. Not only with this excellent book but also with video footage of the three therapy sessions, which will be made accessible to purchasers of the book. The overarching aim is to stimulate important conversations between colleagues; to both agree and disagree, to influence each other, to grow professionally, and to share knowledge.

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The book is important for all those who want to reflect on the process of their own work. I also believe Erskine’s openness around his work, his feelings, his thinking, his capacity to reflect on himself, the relationship and his client, will be very helpful for those who sometimes see their own struggle within the process with their client as reflecting negatively on themselves rather than seeing the struggle as the very stuff of the therapeutic journey.
James Sweeney, The Transactional Analys

Table of Contents

About the author

Reflections on Relationally Focused Psychotherapy

Discovering Relational Psychotherapy

How I Practice Relational Psychotherapy

Relational Needs

Trauma, Relational Neglect, and the Need to Tell the Story

Attunement to Affect, Rhythm, and an Internal Child

Validation, Normalization, and Presence

A Collegial Dialogue


About the Author(s)

Richard G. Erskine, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and licensed psychoanalyst. He is the Training Director of the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy in New York City and conducts seminars, workshops and training programs in the United States and internationally. He is also a certified clinical transactional analyst and a licensed psychoanalyst who has specialized in psychoanalytic self-psychology and object-relations theory. Richard has developed Integrative Psychotherapy, a theory and set of methods that emphasizes affective, cognitive, behavioral and physiological integration. His books include Beyond Empathy: A Therapy of Contact-in-Relationship (with Jan Moursund and Rebecca Trautmann), Integrative Psychotherapy: The Art and Science of Relationship (with Jan Moursund), and Integrative Psychotherapy in Action.

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Olaia: A story waiting to be told / Salo: Attunement to affect, rhythm, and an internal child / Concha: Validation, normalization, and presence
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