A Short Introduction to Psychotherapy by Christine Lister-Ford

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By Christine Lister-Ford

A brief advent to Psychotherapy is an available consultant to the sphere for someone embarking on education or just attracted to checking out extra approximately psychotherapy. Mapping the advance and dimensions of latest perform, the e-book explores the origins of psychotherapy; its purposes when it comes to modalities, settings and shopper populations; vital theoretical techniques; the character of teaching and profession paths for certified practitioners; and major opinions, either from inside of and out of doors psychotherapy. A group of recognized and highly-regarded members research concerns that have specific concerning psychotherapy this present day

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Inner conflicts between thoughts, feelings, desires, ideas and so on are emphasised. A young child will want the security-invoking presence of their mother but at the same time will want to be rid of her when she prevents that child from having an experience they want. A young child has intensely destructive feelings towards his mother when she denies him a chocolate bar when he is hungry. qxd 34 5/2/2007 7:52 PM Page 34 A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOTHERAPY think or feel (eat and enjoy the chocolate bar) and what he wishes to do, think or feel (maintain his mother’s love and affection).

Philosophical aspects of the humanistic psychotherapies HUMAN POTENTIAL AND FREEDOM Humanistic psychotherapists generally share an optimistic view of human beings, recognising that people have a ‘lifeforce’ that moves them towards health and well-being, rejecting the view that people are innately ‘bad’ or ‘flawed’. qxd 5/2/2007 7:52 PM AN HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF PSYCHOTHERAPY Page 23 23 people can be extremely troubled and seemingly self-destructive, the humanistic view is that people have freedom and responsibility to choose how they create their lives and they can be enabled to find their own internal resources even in very adverse circumstances.

The key concepts are based on observation. Behaviour and thinking are given primary importance and, unlike many other psychotherapies, there is little conceptualisation of emotional states. The CBT therapist is not particularly interested per se in what the client is feeling. She is interested in what the client is thinking and doing. qxd 42 5/2/2007 7:52 PM Page 42 A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOTHERAPY conditioning, in which the capacity to associate a new stimuli with the effects of that stimuli (the ringing bell as mentioned in Chapter 1) and operant conditioning, contribute to the conceptual foundation.

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