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Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration

An evolving synergy

Edited by Jill Bresler, Karen E. Starr

© 2015 – Routledge

310 pages

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About the Book

Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration traces the history of efforts to integrate psychoanalysis with other psychotherapeutic modalities, beginning with the early analysts, including Ferenczi and Rank, and continuing on to the present day. It explores the potential for integration made possible by contemporary developments in theory and technique that are fundamental to a relational psychoanalytic approach.

Editors Jill Bresler and Karen Starr bring together an array of valuable theoretical and clinical contributions by relationally oriented psychoanalysts who identify their work as integrative. The book is organized in four segments: theoretical frameworks of psychotherapy integration; integrating multiple models of psychotherapy into a psychoanalytically informed treatment; working with specific populations; the future of integration, exploring the issues involved in educating clinicians in integrative practice.

The contributions in this volume demonstrate that integrating techniques from a variety of psychotherapies outside of psychoanalysis can enrich and enhance psychoanalytic practice. It will be an invaluable resource for all practicing psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and psychoanalysts and psychotherapists in training, particularly those with an interest in relational psychoanalysis and psychotherapy integration.

Reviews

"Bresler and Starr have brought together a unique and clinically useful collection of contributions from psychoanalysts who are searching for unifying concepts with which to integrate the multiplicity of existing psychotherapeutic approaches and theories about mechanisms of therapeutic action, each of which has its own valuable emphasis. For far too long, psychoanalysis, like one of the blind men feeling the elephant, has mistaken its part for the whole. If psychoanalysis is to survive, as a treatment method and as an investigative discipline, it must expand its horizons. Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration is a much needed step in the right direction." - Owen Renik, M.D., Former Editor-in-Chief, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly

Table of Contents

Part I: A Conceptual Framework for Integration. Bresler, Starr, Introduction. Safran, Messer, Psychotherapy Integration: A Postmodern Critique. Gold, Stricker, Assimilative Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: An Active, Integrative Approach. Part II: Integrating Multiple Models of Psychotherapy. Farber Shanok, Driving Me Sane: Integrating CBT and Relational Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Bresler, Psychotherapy Integration: A Pathway to Individuation. Magid, Sitting Together: A Conceptual and Clinical Integration of Psychoanalysis and Zen. Leddick, Integrating Neurofeedback and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Non-linear Dynamical Systems Approach to Mind and Brain. Rappoport, Dynamic Linking of Psyche and Soma: Somatic Experiencing and Embodied Mentalization. Part Three: Working with Specific Populations. Rothschild, Working together: Integrating Relational Psychoanalysis and Traditional Substance Abuse Treatment in Harm Reduction Therapy. Petrucelli, The Relational Montage of Eating Disorders. Gerson, The Tango of Integration in Couples Therapy. Lyons, Working with Dangerous Behaviors: Integrating Relational Psychoanalysis with Dialectical Behavior therapy with Self-injuring Patients. Part Four: The Future of Integration. Frank, Psychoanalysis and the Twenty-first Century: A Critique and a Vision. Feindler, Kahoud, Two Sides of a Theoretical Coin: Multiple Perspectives on Training in a Dual Orientation Program. Wachtel, Afterward: Reflections on Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration.

About the Editors

Jill Bresler is faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and faculty and advisory board member of the Psychotherapy Integration Program at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. Dr. Bresler is a clinical psychologist who maintains a private practice in New York City.

Karen Starr is author, with Lewis Aron, of A Psychotherapy for the People: Toward a Progressive Psychoanalysis, and author of Repair of the Soul: Metaphors of Transformation in Jewish Mysticism and Psychoanalysis. She is Clinical Supervisor at The Graduate Center, CUNY and Adjunct Faculty at Long Island University. Dr. Starr maintains a private practice in New York City and Great Neck, Long Island.

About the Series

Relational Perspectives Book Series

The Relational Perspectives Book Series (RPBS) publishes books that grow out of or contribute to the relational tradition in contemporary psychoanalysis. The term relational psychoanalysis was first used by Greenberg and Mitchell (1983) to bridge the traditions of interpersonal relations, as developed within interpersonal psychoanalysis and object relations, as developed within contemporary British theory. But, under the seminal work of the late Stephen Mitchell, the term relational psychoanalysis grew and began to accrue to itself many other influences and developments. Various tributaries—interpersonal psychoanalysis, object relations theory, self psychology, empirical infancy research, and elements of contemporary Freudian and Kleinian thought—flow into this tradition, which understands relational configurations between self and others, both real and fantasied, as the primary subject of psychoanalytic investigation.  

We refer to the relational tradition, rather than to a relational school, to highlight that we are identifying a trend, a tendency within contemporary psychoanalysis, not a more formally organized or coherent school or system of beliefs. Our use of the term relational signifies a dimension of theory and practice that has become salient across the wide spectrum of contemporary psychoanalysis. Now under the editorial supervision of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris with the assistance of Associate Editors Steven Kuchuck and Eyal Rozmarin, the Relational Perspectives Book Series originated in 1990 under the editorial eye of the late Stephen A. Mitchell. Mitchell was the most prolific and influential of the originators of the relational tradition. He was committed to dialogue among psychoanalysts and he abhorred the authoritarianism that dictated adherence to a rigid set of beliefs or technical restrictions. He championed open discussion, comparative and integrative approaches, and he promoted new voices across the generations.  

Included in the Relational Perspectives Book Series are authors and works that come from within the relational tradition, extend and develop the tradition, as well as works that critique relational approaches or compare and contrast it with alternative points of view. The series includes our most distinguished senior psychoanalysts along with younger contributors who bring fresh vision.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSY028000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General