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Respect-Focused Therapy

Honoring Clients through the Therapeutic Relationship and Process, 1st Edition

By Susanne Slay-Westbrook


124 pages

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Therapists have a unique opportunity and responsibility to provide a respectful environment for their clients, yet respect has not received adequate attention in the psychotherapy community and related research. Respect-Focused Therapy: Honoring Clients Through the Therapeutic Relationship and Process sets forth the formulation of respect-focused therapy (RFT), a new approach to psychotherapy that addresses the quality of the client–therapist relationship and therapeutic process. This volume treats respect as a combination of action, attitude and open-mindedness, urging therapists to recognize their own biases and beliefs and be willing to suspend them for the benefit of their clients. Using Martin Buber’s "I-Thou" relationship as a conceptual model, Slay-Westbrook provides core principles of respect and demonstrates how to incorporate these into the therapeutic relationship to best foster a healing environment.


"It’s rare to find a new, emerging approach so comprehensive and concrete. This represents a dynamic move forward for the mental health and social service field." – Gena M. Minnix, Seminary of the Southwest, TX

"With a sound theoretical base in familiar developmental and psychological theory, Slay-Westbrook offers a unique framework for clinicians that makes respect a centerpiece of the therapeutic process and highlights the importance of respect as a focus in helping to heal damage done by its absence." – Diane M. Harvey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, TX

Table of Contents

1. Setting the Stage: The I–Thou Therapeutic Relationship 2. Establishing the Central Theme in the Discussion: Bringing Respect into the Room 3. Processing Disrespect: Honoring Pain and Loss 4. Rebuilding the Self: Growing into Personal Respect 5. Interpersonal Respect: Couples Relating Respectfully 6. Parenting Respectfully: Families Developing Healthy Bonds 7. Group Therapy: Strangers Learning to Respect Themselves and Others 8. Enlarging the Circle: Transpersonal Respect, Multiculturalism and Social Justice 9. Therapist Respect Thyself: Maintaining Balance and Self Care. Conclusion

About the Author

Susanne Slay-Westbrook is a practicing professional counselor and marriage and family therapist in Texas, USA.

About the Series

Explorations in Mental Health

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family