A Therapist's Handbook to Dissolve Shame and Defense: Master the Moment

Author(s) : Susan Warren Warshow

A Therapist's Handbook to Dissolve Shame and Defense: Master the Moment

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : December 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 312
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 95977
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367024390
  • ISBN 10 : 036702439X
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The effort to surmount shame and formidable defenses in psychotherapy can trigger shame and self-doubt in therapists. Susan Warren Warshow offers a user-friendly-guide to help therapists move past common treatment barriers. This unique book avoids jargon and breaks down complex concepts into digestible elements for practical application. The core principles of Dynamic Emotional Focused Therapy (DEFT), a comprehensive treatment approach for demonstrable change, are illustrated with rich and abundant clinical vignettes.

This engaging, often lyrical handbook emphasizes shame-sensitivity to create the safety necessary to achieve profound interpersonal connection. Often overlooked in treatment, shame can undermine the entire process. The author explains the therapeutic transfer of compassion for self, a relational phenomenon that purposefully generates affective expression. She introduces a three-step, robust framework, The Healing Triad, to orient therapists to intervene effectively when the winds of resistance arise.

Chapters clarify:

Why we focus on feelings

How to identify and move beyond shame and anxiety

How to transform toxic guilt into reparative actions

How to disarm defenses while avoiding ruptures

This book is essential reading for both advanced and newly practicing mental health practitioners striving to access the profound emotions in their clients for transformative change.

Reviews and Endorsements

"The Dynamic Emotion Focused therapy of Susan Warshow spotlights advances in psychotherapy that bring new luster to the clinical work of both doyens and tyros. Clear, concise writing and illuminating transcripts sharpen the realization of practical principles. The author is an expert who will enliven the development of your expertise." - Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D., The Milton H. Erickson Foundation.

"Doing psychotherapy is a paradox. All day, every day, you are with people. And yet, when it comes to helping your client in the moment, you are utterly alone. A Therapist’s Handbook to Dissolve Shame and Defense fills the void. Like a wise mentor, Susan Warren Warshow senses the challenges you will face and steps in with sage advice." - Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., Director, International Center for Clinical Excellence.

"If you are a therapist struggling personally and professionally in client sessions, read Susan Warren Warshow. She offers a practical guide with ample vignettes for clinicians who feel stuck yet have the courage to slow down and start making subtle, significant shifts to strengthen their skills." - Dr. Stan Tatkin, Psy.D., MFT, author of Wired for Love and We Do

"Every therapist faces the challenge of how to empathize with the wholeness of the patient: her longings, her anxiety, and the behaviors that prevent her from fulfilling her longings. In A Therapist’s Handbook to Dissolve Shame and Defense, Susan Warshow beautifully illustrates through numerous vignettes how to help patients face avoided feelings and move beyond anxiety and defenses that prevent them from pursuing their passions. For any therapist who wants to deepen their capacity for empathy, compassion, and deeper healing, this book is a must read." - Jon Frederickson, MSW, faculty, Washington School of Psychiatry; Author of Co-Creating Change, The Lies We Tell Ourselves, and Co-Creating Safety: Healing the Fragile Client

"With wisdom and clarity, Susan Warshow provides key concepts to enable clinicians to work effectively with shame—both our own and that of our patients. Referring to shame as "the gatekeeper in therapy", she provides moving clinical vignettes to illustrate its powerful role in development, its relationship to anxiety, its protective signal function for survival. Rather than attacking shame, she teaches us how to guide patients in recognizing shame and to make use of the transformative power of compassion." - Pamela J. McCrory, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist PSY 12094; Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine; Co-Chair, Arts, Creativity and Culture Committee, Los Angeles County Psychological Association. 

About the Author(s)

Susan Warren Warshow, LCSW, LMFT, is the founder of the Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy Institute (DEFT), an international presenter, a faculty member of the ISTDP Institute, and a Certified IEDTA Teacher/Supervisor. She has published several professional journal articles. She treats individuals and couples and offers clinical supervision. She has presented at the Brief Therapy Conferences, IEDTA biennial international conferences, SEPI and NASW conferences, several Los Angeles County Psychological Association conventions and chapters of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She has lectured at California State University Northridge, California Graduate Institute, and the California School of Professional Psychology.

Her former employment includes Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Coordinator of Continuing Education at the Department of Psychiatry at Northridge Hospital. At the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring, she produced over 100 public presentations on child abuse and neglect in L.A. County and was the media director for L.A.'s first child abuse hotline.

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