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Restoration Therapy

Understanding and Guiding Healing in Marriage and Family Therapy, 1st Edition

By Terry D. Hargrave, Franz Pfitzer


254 pages

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How can a therapist help his or her clients and ensure that they continue to maintain the insights and motivations learned during therapy in everyday life, beyond termination? Restoration Therapy is a professional resource that introduces the reader to the essential elements of its namesake, and from there guides clinicians to a systemic understanding of how certain forces lead to destructive cycles in relationships, which perpetuate more and more dysfunction among members. Clients and therapists both will understand issues more clearly, experience the impacts that emotion can have on insight, and practice the process so more loving and trustworthy relationships can take hold in the intergenerational family.


“As an academician and clinician, I am delighted with how scholarly, comprehensive, and broadly useful Restoration Therapy is! Hargrave and Pfitzer have culled, compiled, and distilled the existent empirical and theoretical family therapy literature to provide us a remarkably strengths-based approach to contemporary individuals, couples, and families." - Robert E. Lee, Florida State University, USA

“Terry Hargrave and Franz Pfitzer demonstrate how to do therapy with a clarity and confidence that conveys to a client, ‘You Are Safe With Me.’ They encourage therapists to be mindful of who they are, personally, and help them to understand why their clients love and care for others the way they do, which therapists can use to help balance their clients’ lives.” - Linda Metcalf, Texas Wesleyan University, USA

“Building on their extensive background in Contextual Family Therapy, the authors pioneer a compelling approach to treating relationships where violations of love and trust require affective and cognitive strategies to reorganize patterns of distance and distress.” - James L. Furrow, Fuller Theological Seminary, California, USA

Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding Pain, Coping and Assessment. Love and Trustworthiness. Coping with Pain: Understanding Behavior and Self-reactivity. The Process of Pattern. Part II: The Therapeutic Work in Restoration Therapy. Becoming a Wise Therapist. The Techniques of Working with Love and Trustworthiness. Consolidating Change in the Brain. Part III: Utilizing the Restoration Therapy Model. Restoration Therapy and Couples. Using Forgiveness in Restoration.

About the Authors

Terry D. Hargrave, PhD, is a Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California and is president and in practice at Amarillo Family Institute, Inc. He is nationally recognized for his pioneering work with intergenerational families and is the author of numerous books and journal articles.

Franz Pfitzer, MD, is the Chief of Psychiatry at the Klinik St. Irmingard in Prien am Chiemsee, Germany.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family