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2nd Edition

Relational Psychotherapy
A Primer

ISBN 9781138840430
Published April 6, 2015 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

The new edition of Relational Psychotherapy offers a theory that’s immediately applicable to everyday practice, from opening sessions through intensive engagement to termination. In clear, engaging prose, the new edition makes explicit the ethical framework implied in the first edition, addresses the major concepts basic to relational practice, and elucidates the lessons learned since the first edition's publication. It’s the ideal guide for beginning practitioners but will also be useful to experienced practitioners and to clients interested in the therapy process.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition  Preface to the First Edition  Introduction  1. Relational Therapy and Its Contexts  2. Beginning with the Basics: Structure, Ethics, and Empathy  3. Assessment: What’s Wrong When Your Client Feels Bad?  4. Relational Trauma: Past and Present, Memory and Now  5. The Terribly Hard Part of Relational Psychotherapy  6. The Wonderfully Good Part of Relational Psychotherapy  7. Ending and Going On  8. Twelve Years Later  References  Index

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Patricia A. DeYoung, MSW, PhD, is a relational psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and a founding faculty member of the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy.


"Patricia DeYoung is the Truth! Her authenticity, wisdom, and clarity speak even more thunderously in this, her second edition of Relational Psychotherapy. Her deep humanity and resounding clinical acumen allow relational theory and therapy to come alive to a degree I don't think has been equaled in any other book on the subject. Brava!" Steven Tuber, PhD, ABPP, is professor of psychology and director of clinical training in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the City College of New York.

"The temptations of jargon are seductive, and many writers in our field succumb to them in ways that enable them to gloss over sticky points in their thinking. DeYoung commits herself to a much more experience-near and jargon-free approach to describing her work. The result is a refreshing look at what it means to work relationally that I found very helpfully illuminating and clarifying. It was a pleasure to see real people pop off almost every page." Paul L. Wachtel, PhD, is the author of Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy.