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Relational Integrative Psychotherapy: Engaging Process and Theory in Practice




Relational Integrative Psychotherapy: Engaging Process and Theory in Practice

Linda Finlay

ISBN: 978-1-119-08730-4 December 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 280 Pages


Designed specifically for the needs of trainees and newly-qualified therapists, Relational Integrative Psychotherapy outlines a form of therapy that prioritizes the client and allows for diverse techniques to be integrated within a strong therapeutic relationship.
  • Provides an evidence-based introduction to the processes and theory of relational integrative psychotherapy in practice
  • Presents innovative ideas that draw from a variety of traditions, including cognitive, existential-phenomenological, gestalt, psychoanalytic, systems theory, and transactional analysis
  • Includes case studies, footnotes, ‘theory into practice’ boxes, and discussion of competing and complementary theoretical frameworks
  • Written by an internationally acclaimed speaker and author who is also an active practitioner of relational integrative psychotherapy
Foreword by Ken Evans ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xiii

1 What is Relational Integrative Psychotherapy? 1

Part I Being and Doing Processes 13

2 Meeting and Contracting 15

3 Engaging the Therapeutic Process 30

4 Empathising and Attuning 46

5 Holding, Containing and Boundarying 59

6 Resourcing: Nurturing Skills and Mobilising Coping Strategies 76

7 Intuiting, Imagining and Interpreting 88

8 Challenging 104

9 Integrating 120

10 Ending 136

Part II Theory Applied to Practice 149

11 Cognitively Orientated Therapy 151

12 Existential Phenomenology: Theory and Therapy 167

13 Gestalt Theory and Therapy 183

14 Relational Psychoanalytic Theory in Practice 198

15 Systemic Theory and Therapy 212

16 Transactional Analysis 226

Postscript 241

References 243

Index 255

"Counsellors and psychotherapists alike increasingly seek a holistic approach to practice. Finlay offers us here an inevitably personal approach to integrating several key modalities based on a core belief – which I share – that it is ‘the relationship that heals’." (Therapy Today, May 2016)

"In summary, the book is a well-organised, engaging read that is brought alive by case-studies. I would recommend it (for the first section) to therapists in training, recently qualified therapists and anyone wanting to reflect upon their practice, irrespective of their therapeutic approach (integrative or otherwise). It would of course, be particularly useful to those who intend to integrate approaches in their practice." (South West Reviews 2016)