1st Edition

Constructing Authentic Relationships in Clinical Practice Working at the Intersection of Therapist and Client Identities

    182 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    182 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This essential text explores the intersectionality of the self in therapeutic practice, bringing together theoretical foundations and practical implications to provide clear guidance for students and practitioners.

    Bringing together a collection of insightful and experienced clinicians, this book examines the ways in which intersectionality influences all phases of clinical and supervisory work, from outreach, assessment, and through to termination. Integrating research with clinical practice, chapters not only examine the theoretical, intersectional location of the self for the therapist, client, or supervisee, but they also consider how this social identity effects the therapeutic process and, crucially, work with clients. The book includes first-hand accounts, case studies, and reflections to demonstrate how interactions are influenced by gender, race, and sexuality, offering practical ideas about how to work intentionally and ethically with clients.

    Engaging, informative, and practical, this book is essential reading for students, supervisors, family, marriage, and couple therapists, and clinical social workers who want to work confidently with a range of clients, as well as clinical professionals interested in the role of intersectionality in their work.


    Jade Logan, Ph.D., ABPP, Brad van Eeden-Moorefield, Ph.D., and Scott Browning, Ph.D., ABPP

    1. Theory of Intersectionality

    Stephanie Cooke, MA, LMFTA and April Few-Demo, Ph.D.

    2. Intersectionality in Practice

    Nicole Monterio, Ph.D.

    3. Introducing the Self

    Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, Ph.D., MA, LCSW

    4. Locating the Self in Practice

    Jade Logan, Ph.D., ABPP and Sapphira Griffin, M.A.

    5. Use of the Self: Rapport Building

    Cheryll Rothery, Psy.D., ABPP

    6. Use of Self: Assessment and Early Stages of Treatment

    Eleonora Bartoli, Ph.D.

    7. Use of Self: Middle Stages of Treatment

    Donna Harris, MA, MSW, LCSW

    8. Use of Self: Later Stages of Treatment

    Judith Bijoux-Leist, Psy.D.

    9. Use of Self: Termination

    Jay Poole, Ph.D.

    10. Use of Self: Follow-up and re-engagement in treatment

    Lauren Reid, Ph.D.

    11. Ethics of Intersectionality

    Susan McGroarty, Ph.D., ABPP

    12. Intersectionality in Training and Supervision

    Toni Schindler Zimmerman, Ph.D., LMFT and Marj Castronova, Ph.D., LMFT, MEND

    13. Developing Authenticity of Self: Supervisor, Training Therapist, Patient, and Intersectionality

    Bindu Methikalam, Ph.D., Scott Browning, Ph.D., ABPP and Salvatore D’Amore, Ph.D.


    Jade Logan is the director of the Chestnut Hill College Internship Consortium at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, USA. Her teaching, research, and clinical expertise focus on culturally conscious education, training, and psychotherapy.

    Brad van Eeden-Moorefield is a professor of Family Science and Human Development and associate department chair for Social Justice Initiatives at Montclair State University in New Jersey, USA. He is a published authority on couple dynamics among diverse families.

    Scott Browning is a professor of psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, USA. He is a published authority on empathy, the contemporary family, and clinical interventions.

    "The concept of Intersectionality breathes a dynamic understanding for the clinician. In this superbly crafted volume, the authors edify and inspire both clinician and supervisor with a deeper grasp of the multifaced world we and our clients inhabit. This practical book, with humility, gives you, the clinician, new tools, toward the quest of becoming a master healer."

    H. Charles Fishman, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine

    "If 'intersectionality' is the fourth wave in psychotherapy, this book serves as a strong propellor that drives the movement forward. A collective effort by leading practitioners and researchers in the field, this book translates the innovative concept of intersectionality into clinical application through the writers’ stories about their own social locations and the intriguing real-life cases. As an educator, a practitioner, and an advocate, I have this book to thank for making 'intersectionality' learnable, teachable, and doable."

    Yiqing Youngman, Psy.D., Department of Psychology, La Salle University, USA