Gives a basis for improving psychotherapy practice, research, and training, offering therapists ways of improving their success rate by means of disciplined attention to and reflection upon therapeutic processes across all psychotherapy.
This book provides a basis for improving psychotherapy practice, research, and training, offering therapists ways of improving their success rate by means of disciplined attention to and reflection upon therapeutic processes across all psychotherapy.It is based upon four main components: a presentation of the conceptual framework that underlies the proposed way of understanding the nature of psychotherapy in general, as well as the differences among various theoretical and technical approaches; a discussion of the research method, derived from the conceptual framework, for examining psychotherapy case material and determining how psychological development is occurring or how it may be being obstructed; a presentation of case material, illustrating the application of the research method and conceptual framework to particular cases; and a summary and discussion of the potential contributions of the theory and method in the contexts of psychotherapy research, practice, and training, as well as to developmental theory.
Part I: Introduction Psychotherapy and Development: Goals of this Book. Part II: Conceptual Foundations The Concept of Development and its Implications for Psychotherapy. A Coactive Systems Model of Psychotherapy and Development. How Psychotherapy Fosters Development. Multiple Traditions, Multiple Paths: How Different Therapeutic Approaches Foster Development. Part III: Method. The Developmental Analysis of Psychotherapy Process (DAPP) Method. Part IV: Case Analyses. From Isolation to Intimacy: The Transformation of Eva's Communicative Repertoire. The Lady Cloaked in Fog: Developing a Construction of the Therapist as a "Harbor Light." Tracking the Role of Emotion in Psychotherapy: Case Illustrations. Part V: Implications. Psychotherapy as a Developmental Process: Implications and Future Directions for Psychotherapy Research, Practice, and Training