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Concepts and Practice of Integrative Psychotherapy

by Richard G. Erskine, PhD

Published by Karnac Books, London (ISBN-13:978-1-78220-190-8)

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book The introduction and the twenty-one chapters in this book reflect the ongoing development and refinement of Relational and IntegrativePsychotherapy. Each chapter amalgamates ideas from several theoretical frame works: Client-Centred Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology, as well as inter-subjective and co-creative perspectives.

The theory of ‘Life Script’ serves as a unifying theme to elaborate the concepts of unconscious experience, attachment and relational patterns, the essentialness of contact-in-relationship, and the centrality of relational-needs in the practice of psychotherapy.

This book begins with eight philosophical assumptions essential in the practice of a relational and integrative Transactional Analysis. Integrated throughout the chapters is a sensitivity to both normal developmental processes and the psychological compensations that occur when there has been prolonged neglect and psychological trauma. Several case presentations illustrate the use of phenomenological and historical inquiry, developmental and rhythmic attunement, and the importance of therapeutic presence. This book presents the advancement and refinement of the theories and methods presented in two previous book, Beyond Empathy: A Therapy of Contact-in-Relationship (ISBN 0-87630-963-5) and Integrative Psychotherapy: The Art and Science of Relationship (ISBN 0-534-51355-7).

Some of the praise for the book:

This book is a delight. Indeed, it is the best book I have ever read on psychotherapy with individual patients,ideal for teaching trainees, and at the same time a refresher and an inspiration for the seasoned. It should become a recognized classic. Developed over many years of practice and theoretical deliberations, Richard Erskine s approach is indeed integrative, developmentally attuned, intersubjective, and co-constructed.

—James R. Allen, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science,Rainbolt Family Chair in Child Psychiatry, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre, USA; former President,International Transactional Analysis Association.

Richard Erskine s contribution to the theory and practice of psychotherapy has been enormous, and this volume brings together more than forty years of innovative thought. The book is a deep and coherent narrative that describes the theory and practice of the integrative approach developed by Erskine and his colleagues. In addition, there is a wealth of theoretical discussion about transactional analysis, Gestalt therapy, attachment theory, and self psychology, as well as aspects of psychoanalytic theory and neuroscience. The book is a treasure trove for transactional analysis psychotherapists.

— Professor Charlotte Sills, Metanoia Institute and Ashridge Business School, UK.

Many of our colleagues and trainees have been requesting a book like this one. It is an excellent collection of psychotherapy essays that offers a thorough explanation of theoretical concepts, a deep understanding of clients unconscious relational patterns and psychological needs, and an opportunity to learn how to create a profoundly respectful therapeutic relationship. Reading the essays in this book provided me with new insights, increased my empathy, and renewed my faith in our psychotherapy profession.

— Amaia Mauriz-Etxabe, clinical psychologist and Director, Bios Psychotherapy Institute, Bilbao,Spain

Throughout this wonderful book, Richard Erskine fully demonstrates his skillful, innovative, and creative thinking. The focus of the book is relationally based integrative psychotherapy, exploring unconscious relational patterns (life scripts), relationships, and the attachment process, how healing occurs through the therapeutic relationship, and how the psychotherapist s job is to decode the unconscious story that has been revealed through the client s bodily reactions, relational crisis, and intrapsychic conflicts. This stimulating and exciting work shows how each of these themes is applied within the clinical setting.

— Bob Cooke, TSTA, psychotherapist, supervisor, international trainer, and founder of the Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy, UK

Relational Patterns, Therapeutic Presence

by Richard G. Erskine, PhD.

is available as a paperback or e-book from Karnac Books, London

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The Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, by the National Board of Certified Counselors for counselors and by the American Board of Examiners in Pastoral Counseling for pastoral counselors. The Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.