Summary: How does the therapist begin psychotherapy? How, that is, does she conceptualize the needs of the patient while simultaneously enlisting him or her as an active partner in formulating an individualized working plan? And how should supervisors teach the skills needed to make the intake procedure truly the beginning of treatment? In Beginnings: The Art and Science of Planning Psychotherapy, Mary Jo Peebles-Kleiger tackles these and other questions in an authoritative m ...show moreanner appropriate to the scientific and human complexity of today's therapeutic scene.
Drawing on the cumulative experience of the outpatient department of the Menninger Psychiatric Clinic, Peebles-Kleiger outlines an approach that gives equal weight to the need for a diagnostic case formulation with specific treatment recommendations and the need to make the patient an active partner in the process right from the start. Clinicians of every persuasion will appreciate the thoughtfulness and sensitivity with which she approaches the dyadic interaction of the initial sessions, when the therapist must refine her preliminary hypotheses and simultaneously engage the patient in a process of discovery and self-reflection that will foster a sense of hopefulness and lay the groundwork for the therapeutic alliance. ...show less
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