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.

Technique: The RIM in Practice

Technique: The RIM in practice

Chapter 2 contained a discussion of the relationship between theoretical approach and the conceptualisation of clients’ problems, which in turn will influence the interventions that are made. In part 1 of this chapter we first clarify our practical therapeutic stance before setting out how to work in a relational integrative way with clients presenting with a variety of problems. These include trauma, abuse, loss, relationship and identity issues, eating disorders, alcohol addiction and anxiety and depression. In part 2 we offer two case studies, which show how the RIM may be used in brief and open-ended therapy.

Part 1: Application to Specific Problems

In our work with clients we have multiple choices regarding what we do, say or ...

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