Because of the weight of clients difficulties, the employment of lighter areas of experience is often indicated, both for cathartic relief as well as for providing closure. The session will focus on joy, humor, tenderness.
To learn interview techniques for reducing client resistances to being genuinely engaged with the therapeutic work and to be able to facilitate client inner exploration
To understand the division of responsibility in which the client leads content and the therapist modulates process
The importance of therapeutic alliance is described. Therapeutic alliance, transference, and transference acting-out are defined and distinguished from each other and the therapeutic task of helping the patient to convert transference acting-out to therapeutic alliance and transference is outlined. The differences in the form and content of the intrapsychic structure are described to show why different therapeutic techniques are necessary to establish the therapeutic alliance: Confrontation with the borderline and mirroring interpretation of narcissistic vulnerability with the Narcissistic Personality Disorder. A brief case illustrates each.
Existential psychotherapy is more properly viewed as a therapy informed by a sensibiity to existential issues, rather than as a discrete, self-contained school of therapy. It addresses the anxiety embedded in our consciousness of the parameters of existence, especially in our confrontation with death, meaninglessness, freedom, and isolation. I shall discuss these concerns, particularly those with the greatest relevance to everyday therapy practice. I shall discuss the implications of the existential sensibility for the conduct of therapy and the therapeutic relationship. Genuineness and authenticity are necessary.
Panel 14 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 1995 - Role of the Therapist / Role of the Client
Featuring William Glasser, M.D.; Lynn Hoffman, A.C.S.W.; Ernest Rossi, Ph.D.; and Joseph Wolpe, M.D.
Moderated by Betty Alice Erickson, MS.
The client's task is to try to be open to his/her inner experiencing, disclosing it to the therapist. A client discovers difficulties in doing so, thus disclosing the resistances which are isomorphic with the client's difficulties in life more generally. The therapist's task is to teach and monitor this process.
Therapists can use themselves with artistry as exquisite barometers of the moment-to-moment shifts of consciousness flowing between their own unconscious and the unconscious of the client. Using Erickson's focused attention, Satir's parts model and Feldenkreis' awareness through movement we will practice six strategies to refine our use of these connections. Didactic, video, experiential.