Therapeutic Communication: Knowing What to Say When: Second Edition

Author(s) : Paul L. Wachtel

Therapeutic Communication: Knowing What to Say When: Second Edition

Book Details

  • Publisher : Guilford Press
  • Published : 2011
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 398
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 32201
  • ISBN 13 : 9781609181710
  • ISBN 10 : 1609181719
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A uniquely practical guide and widely adopted text, this book shows precisely what therapists can say at key moments to enhance the process of healing and change. Paul Wachtel explains why some communications in therapy are particularly effective, while others that address essentially the same content may actually be countertherapeutic. He offers clear and specific guidelines for how to ask questions and make comments in ways that facilitate collaborative exploration and promote change. Illustrated with vivid case examples, the book is grounded in an integrative theory that draws from features of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, systemic, and experiential approaches.

New to this edition: Reflects nearly 20 years of advances in the field and refinements of the author's approach; Broader audience: in addition to psychodynamic therapists, cognitive-behavioral therapists and others will find specific, user-friendly recommendations; Chapter on key developments and convergences across different psychotherapeutic approaches; Chapter on the therapeutic implications of attachment theory and research. This book will be invaluable to cinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, and counselors; psychotherapy students and trainees. It will also serve as a text in graduate-level psychotherapy courses.

About the Author(s)

Paul L. Wachtel is CUNY Distinguished Professor at City College and the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is Past President of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration and is the winner of the 2010 Hans H. Strupp Memorial Award for Psychoanalytic Writing, Teaching, and Research, the 2012 Distinguished Psychologist Award by Division 29 of the APA (Psychotherapy), and the 2013 Scholarship and Research Award by Division 39 of the APA (Psychoanalysis).

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