This book presents a comprehensive integrative theory and style of therapeutic involvement that reflects a relational and non-pathological perspective. It discusses various psychotherapy theories and methods, and examines the implications and magnitude of an involved therapeutic-relationship.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Preface -- Introduction: Philosophical principles of integrative psychotherapy -- Integrative psychotherapy: theory, process, and relationship -- A therapy of contact-in-relationship -- Attunement and involvement: therapeutic responses to relational needs -- Psychotherapy of unconscious experience -- Life scripts and attachment patterns: theoretical integration and therapeutic involvement -- Life scripts: unconscious relational patterns and psychotherapeutic involvement -- The script system: an unconscious organization of experience -- Psychological functions of life scripts -- Integrating expressive methods in a relational psychotherapy -- Bonding in relationship: a solution to violence? -- A Gestalt therapy approach to shame and self-righteousness: theory and methods -- The schizoid process -- Early affect-confusion: the “borderline” between despair and rage -- Balancing on the “borderline” of early affect-confusion -- Relational healing of early affect-confusion -- Introjection, psychic presence, and Parent ego states: considerations for psychotherapy -- Resolving intrapsychic conflict: psychotherapy of Parent ego states -- What do you say before you say goodbye? Psychotherapy of grief -- Nonverbal stories: the body in psychotherapy -- Narcissism or the therapist’s error?
"Erskine creates a book based on his eight principles that both educates on individual psychological processes and exemplifies the weaving that is integrational psychotherapy. Its place is held by being a citable proof to the value of psychotherapy and the methods within it."— Kevin Jeffrey Goldwater, Somatic Psychotherapy Today