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Adult Personality Growth in Psychotherapy


  • Date Published: May 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107532960

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  • This book will expand your therapeutic repertoire. Once crises have been resolved, the clinician and patient explore what can change in order to increase the patient's capacities for balance, harmony and satisfaction. Adult personality growth increases self-awareness, amplifies capacities for realistic social cognition and reduces avoidances. The outcome is the achievement of a wider range of safe emotional expression and mastery of previous traumas and losses. The three parts of this book are on identity, relationships and control of emotion. The chapters illustrate how observation, formulation and technique are linked in a continuing process of deepening understanding. Vignettes give examples of what the therapist can say to help a patient, especially at difficult times in treatment. This is a cutting-edge work integrating elements from various schools of psychotherapy and studies of adult development. It links theories to pragmatic techniques and will appeal to both trainees and experienced clinicians.

    • Illustrates how formulating the reasons for maladaptive patterns allows insight that promotes a new understanding and hopefulness for the future
    • Readers will learn to tolerate the ambiguities almost always present in the early phases of psychotherapy
    • Vignettes will guide therapists through difficult phases of treatment
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    'This is an easy and rewarding book to read. The writing is clear and not overly technical, and theory is always immediately linked to its clinical applications and illustrated via highly useful case vignettes.' Jerry Gold, PsycCRITIQUES

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107532960
    • length: 148 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 156 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.23kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 12 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Advancing personality growth in psychotherapy
    Part I. Self-Organization:
    2. Self-organization
    3. Identity functioning and self-states
    4. Possibilities for change in self-narratives
    Part II. Relationships:
    5. Changing relationship patterns
    6. Advancing relationship capacities
    7. Improving maladaptive patterns in sexual relationships
    Part III. Control and Emotional Regulation:
    8. Control of unconscious emotional potentials
    9. Defensive styles
    10. Emotional avoidance maneuvers

  • Author

    Mardi J. Horowitz, University of California, San Francisco
    Mardi J. Horowitz is an expert in the areas of stress, loss, traumatic experiences, personality development, and change in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He developed and directed the UCSF Center on Stress and Personality and the Program on Conscious and Unconscious Mental Processes of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He has received the NIMH Research Scientist Development Award and directed the NIMH Center for the Study of Neuroses at UCSF. He developed and directed the Second Opinion Consultations on Psychotherapy Treatments Program and the Survivors Clinic at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. He has received Lifetime Achievement and Pioneer Awards from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies as well as the Foundations Fund Prize from the APA for outstanding research on the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD.

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