Making Psychotherapy Work

Making Psychotherapy WorkMaking Psychotherapy Work: Collaborating Effectively with Your Patient
Psychosocial Press (an imprint of International Universities Press), 2007

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About Making Psychotherapy Work

The transformative ingredient in psychotherapy is an uncanny, moving conjunctive experience in which the patient and therapist are transformed. For this result, the most profound connection between the two is required. Both need to be dedicated to sorting out an abundance of conflicting and confusing verbal and nonverbal messages conveying what each needs and believes. The therapist’s commitment must be unwavering in his or her willingness to strive to develop the most precise understanding and regard for the patient.

Making Psychotherapy Work brings these principles to life. It describes a psychotherapy so deep-reaching and engaging that neither participant, therapist or patient can avoid being influenced and intrinsically changed by the other.

Steve Frankel brings this point of view to refinement in this, his third book. Here the conjunctive method is most fully evolved, providing a highly digestible theoretical and practical framework for the practicing psychotherapist. Each of Dr. Frankel’s books, Intricate Engagements: The Collaborative Basis of Therapeutic Change (Jason Aronson, 2004), Hidden Faults: Recognizing and Resolving Therapeutic Disjunctions (Psychosocial Press [an imprint of International Universities Press], 2000), and, now, Making Psychotherapy Work: Collaborating Effectively with Your Patient (Psychosocial Press [an imprint of International Universities Press], 2007), contributes to the development of Frankel’s highly effective and eminently usable portrayal of the psychotherapy process.

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