The Therapeutic Environment: Core Conditions for Facilitating Therapy

Author(s) : Richard Hazler, Author(s) : Nick Barwick

The Therapeutic Environment: Core Conditions for Facilitating Therapy

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  • Publisher : Open University Press
  • Published : January 2001
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 10644
  • ISBN 13 : 9780335202829
  • ISBN 10 : 0335202829

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Psychology bookshelves are filled with texts on different theories of how to do therapy and why one specific theory will work better than all the others. Yet research shows that all theories can work under the right conditions. This work looks at the specifics of those conditions.

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The diverse experiences and viewpoints of an American humanistic therapist and a British psychodynamic therapist are brought together to explore the essential conditions needed for therapy to succeed. Extensive use of first-hand examples and thorough academic support combine to create vivid text, a sound theoretical base and practical therapeutic applications. The opening chapters draw on substantial research evidence which suggests that all theoretical approaches are equally effective in the hands of good therapists. It proposes that an important factor contributing to this effectiveness is the environment in which therapy is practiced.

Three central chapters give in-depth explorations of the unique ways in which the broad theoretical orientations of Psychodynamic, Existential-Humanistic, and Cognitive-Behavioral deal with the philosophy, labeling, function, perspective and implementation of a facilitative environment. A concluding chapter synthesizes information from these diverse orientations to identify core commonalities and critical differences between how therapists from different theoretical persuasions develop common understandings, maintain working client relationships and regulate their personal involvement in therapy.

About the Author(s)

Nick Barwick is a group analyst who has conducted groups in the NHS, higher education and private practice. He is Head of Counselling at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where he also teaches on the MA in Music Therapy. He is immediate past editor of the journal Psychodynamic Practice.

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