Constructive Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide by Michael J. Mahoney PhD

By Michael J. Mahoney PhD

This can be a ebook approximately easy methods to do psychotherapy--how to use the technology of switch to the complexities of assisting humans improve new meanings of their lives. Michael J. Mahoney's integrative standpoint, scientific knowledge, and interesting, own sort make this an important source for everybody from scholars to pro execs. past delivering a transparent exposition of constructivist ideas, Mahoney illuminates what a talented therapist really does in day by day perform. instructions are provided for assessing consumers and imposing quite a few interventions, together with centering options, challenge fixing, trend paintings, meditation and embodiment routines, drama and dream paintings, and non secular exploration. Illustrated with wealthy case examples, the booklet highlights how one can nurture the healing courting and aid the therapist's personal self-discovery and development. Appendices characteristic reproducible buyer types, handouts, and different helpful fabrics.

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By Michael J. Mahoney PhD

This can be a ebook approximately easy methods to do psychotherapy--how to use the technology of switch to the complexities of assisting humans improve new meanings of their lives. Michael J. Mahoney's integrative standpoint, scientific knowledge, and interesting, own sort make this an important source for everybody from scholars to pro execs. past delivering a transparent exposition of constructivist ideas, Mahoney illuminates what a talented therapist really does in day by day perform. instructions are provided for assessing consumers and imposing quite a few interventions, together with centering options, challenge fixing, trend paintings, meditation and embodiment routines, drama and dream paintings, and non secular exploration. Illustrated with wealthy case examples, the booklet highlights how one can nurture the healing courting and aid the therapist's personal self-discovery and development. Appendices characteristic reproducible buyer types, handouts, and different helpful fabrics.

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Mountains of volumes and thousands of studies An Overview of Practice 15 have accumulated, and still we struggle with translating all of this into clear and practical guidelines for how to be with another human being. It is such a basic and sacred ability, yet it still mystifies researchers. I am reminded here of a story told by John O’Donahue4 about a young anthropologist who had traveled to the rain forests of South America. The anthropologist wanted to interview and study shamans (tribal healers), and he learned of an elder shaman who was considered the most gifted of the group.

To remember and anticipate). Living primarily in the present is often a challenge. Counseling can encourage the development of balanced skills in being present, as well as planning. Dynamic dialectical development • Equilibration (balance) reflects our attempts to deal with the contrasts (dialectics) between old and new patterns. • Resistance to change expresses a healthy tendency to protect against changing too much, too quickly. • Cycles or waves of opening and closing (expansion and contraction) are common experiences in development.

This is the essence of Johann Herbart’s (1776–1841) “respiratory philosophy of education,” which inspired Jean Piaget to develop his theory of “equilibration” (dynamic balance) in psychological development. Constructive therapy is literally an ongoing gesture of sensitive attunement with the client’s current sense of balance (emotionally, conceptually, and otherwise). The metaphor of balance figures prominently in my presentation of a constructive approach to psychotherapy. , relaxation, physical balance, breathing meditation) (Chapters 3 and 4, Appendices D–F).

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