The therapeutic encounter is at the core of counselling and psychotherapy training and practice, regardless of therapeutic modality. This book introduces a cross-modality approach to the client-therapist encounter, drawing from humanistic, psychoanalytic, systemic, and integrative approaches. Chapters introduce a range of client themes — the refusal to join in, the battle for control, the emotionally unavailable etc — and shows how these are enacted in the relationship. The authors invite you, as therapist, to interact creatively with the client, engaging directly in the drama. In this way, they provide a coherent framework within which to understand both the therapeutic relationship and the principles of their approach.
This book was born out of an extended and continuing conversation between two psychotherapists from different modalities: one systemic, the other psychoanalytic. Each brought their own professional, cultural and personal experiences as well as their respective knowledge bases. As these collided in conversation and ...