This is an accessible and user friendly guide to the theory and practice of relational counseling and psychotherapy. It offers a meta-theoretical framework for the integration of the three most popular counseling and psychotherapy modalities: humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral including mindfulness and compassion based approaches.

This exciting new text: outlines the history of integration in the field of psychotherapy and counseling; clarifies the nature of psychotherapeutic integration; defines different models of integration; provides a clear and rich discussion of what it means to work relationally; outlines a coherent and flexible framework for practice, in terms of theory as well as technique; demonstrates how this framework can be successfully utilized both in brief and long term therapy for a wide range of client issues and problems; provides a detailed guide to working with the Relational-Integrative Model (RIM) for a range of professional issues, including ethics, research, supervision, therapist self-care and personal development

Brimming with vivid case examples, mind-maps and therapeutic dialogue, this invaluable book will help develop the theoretical knowledge and skills base of students, trainers and practitioners alike.



In this chapter we discuss how explorative conversation of past, present and potential futures provides a structure for the unpacking of relationships between experience and meaning making, in order to generate therapeutic possibilities, insight and the potential for change. We draw on communication theory and Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) (Cronen and Pearce, 1985), systemic notions of recursivity and feedback (Boscolo and Bertrando, 1992) and temporal frameworks for practice (Menninger's Triangle of Insight, 1958: 148 and Lapworth et al.'s Framework of the Self, 2001) to form a framework or method for practice which we call TIME: the Temporal Framework of Insight, Meaning making and Experience. TIME acts as a framework for conceptualising the therapeutic process. We describe how language is central to meaning making ...

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