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Constructive Psychotherapy : Theory and Practice - Michael J. Mahoney

Constructive Psychotherapy

Theory and Practice

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Published: 24th November 2005
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This is a book about how to do psychotherapy - how to apply the science of change to the complexities of helping people develop new meanings in their lives. Michael J. Mahoney's integrative perspective, clinical wisdom, and engaging, personal style make this a vital resource for everyone from students to seasoned professionals. Beyond providing a clear exposition of constructivist principles, Mahoney illuminates what a skilled therapist actually does in day-to-day practice. Guidelines are presented for assessing clients and implementing a variety of interventions, including centering techniques, problem solving, pattern work, meditation and embodiment exercises, drama and dream work, and spiritual exploration. Illustrated with rich case examples, the book highlights ways to nurture the therapeutic relationship and support the therapist's own self-discovery and growth. Appendices feature reproducible client forms, handouts, and other useful materials.

"Social work is a profession that puts compassion front and center; we're trained and encouraged to use both our hearts and our heads to help our clients. Michael Mahoney's Constructive Psychotherapy will go a long way to help us with our work. A constructivist approach views humans as empowered, as doing the best we can--to solve problems and make decisions as we strive to live our lives successfully--given what we know about ourselves and the world. What I like so much about this approach, and this book, is its ability to strengthen these qualities in our clients even as we encourage them to make crucial changes in their lives. Through its thoughtfulness and numerous examples of cases and techniques, this book is truly a practical guide to using a constructivist approach."--Aaron M. Brower, PhD, School of Social Work and Integrated Liberal Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Michael Mahoney has long been a powerful voice in bringing a constructivist sensibility to the practice of psychotherapy. Constructive Psychotherapy cogently summarizes the theoretical underpinnings of this clinical approach and outlines a set of specific guidelines for constructive psychotherapy. Clinical vignettes amply illustrate the application of constructivist principles aimed at transforming emotional experiencing within the therapeutic bond. Masterfully written, the book will be an invaluable text for students of psychotherapy and will also provide a breath of fresh air to all practitioners wishing to enrich and humanize their therapeutic practice."--Robert D. Stolorow, PhD, coauthor of Worlds of Experience

"This beautifully written book contains the accumulated wisdom of an extremely thoughtful psychotherapy pioneer. I assume that Mahoney calls it constructive psychotherapy because to call it what it really is would be less catchy: a creative integration of narrative, cognitive, behavioral, experiential, body, and movement therapies with ancient wisdom traditions. Whether you consider yourself a constructivist or don't know what one is, you will find in these pages a multitude of useful ideas and techniques embedded in a philosophy of compassion and respect for clients, and you will enjoy reading it. It's truly a 'work of heart.'"--Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, The Center for Self Leadership, Oak Park, IL

"This thoughtful volume offers the definitive exposition of constructivist psychotherapy. Michael Mahoney provides a treasure trove of insights that are both theoretically provocative and clinically illuminating."--Albert Bandura, PhD, Department of Psychology, Stanford University

"Dr. Michael Mahoney, one of the world's foremost authorities on human change processes, has put a lifetime of wisdom into this major publication. This is a superb how-to manual for therapists interested in leading-edge, innovative, and integrative clinical approaches. Mahoney's book is not just the best available account of constructive psychotherapy, but one of the best books I've read on psychotherapy, period."--Ken Wilber, author of Integral Psychology

"In a remarkably concise and coherent fashion, Mahoney weaves together a multitude of the richest sources of thinking about the human condition. He integrates ancient and contemporary views and bridges diverse theories and disciplines. His approach to the body in psychotherapy is truly revolutionary. This book is an instant classic. It will influence future developments in psychotherapy theory, research, and practice."--Giampiero Arciero, MD, PhD, University of Siena, Italy

Constructivism: A Brief Introductionp. 1
Human Change Processesp. 1
The Essence of Constructivismp. 3
Principles and Personal Revolutionsp. 9
Constructive Psychotherapy: An Overview of Practicep. 13
Compassionate Relationship as the Heart of Psychotherapyp. 14
Collaboration and Actionp. 19
Affirmation and Hopep. 21
Balancing Skills and Cycles of Experiencingp. 24
Summaryp. 28
Constructive Assessmentp. 38
Measurement and Diagnosticsp. 38
Constructive Themes in Assessmentp. 42
Problems, Patterns, and Processesp. 44
Core Ordering Processesp. 48
Attunementp. 52
Basic Centering Techniquesp. 57
Breathing Exercisesp. 59
Body Balance Exercisesp. 62
Relaxing into Centerp. 66
Finding Stability in Relationships, Places, and Patternsp. 69
Problem Solving: Basic Behavioral and Cognitive Techniquesp. 73
Problem Solvingp. 74
The Essence of Behavioral Methodsp. 76
Cognitive Restructuringp. 81
When Problem Solving Doesn't Workp. 85
Pattern Workp. 88
Personal Journaling and Bibliotherapyp. 90
Life-Review Exercisesp. 95
Narrative Reconstructionp. 100
Coming Home to Processp. 104
Basic Process Work: Meditation and Embodimentp. 108
Meditationp. 110
Embodiment Exercisesp. 113
Drama, Fantasy, Dream Work, and Stream of Consciousnessp. 130
Role Playing "As If"p. 131
Fantasy and Dream Workp. 135
Stream of Consciousnessp. 140
Self-Relationship and Spiritual Skillsp. 152
Mirror Timep. 154
Spiritual Skills and Personal Developmentp. 161
A Postscript on Techniquesp. 168
The Experience of Changep. 170
Static Cling: A Compassionate Look at People Who Don't Changep. 172
Core Change: Personal Revolutionsp. 177
Emotionality and Changep. 180
Courage and Creativityp. 181
Transition and Terminationp. 187
Being Human and a Therapistp. 193
Vicarious Suffering: The Wounds of Helpingp. 195
The Person and Personal Life of the Therapistp. 197
A Therapist's Personal Lifep. 199
Therapist Self-Carep. 205
Personal and Spiritual Developmentp. 206
The Challenges of Practicing Constructivelyp. 207
Appendices
Constructivism: History and Current Relevancep. 211
Consent Formp. 226
Personal Experience Reportp. 230
Breathing Exercisesp. 242
Body Balance Exercisesp. 244
Relaxationp. 247
Mindfulness Meditationp. 249
Mirror Timep. 251
Kindly Self-Controlp. 253
Self-Comforting Exercisep. 254
Spiritual Skills Exercisesp. 256
Human Change Processes: A Synopsisp. 257
Recommendations for Therapist Self-Carep. 260
Recommendations for Constructive Practicep. 262
Referencesp. 265
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9781593852344
ISBN-10: 1593852347
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 24th November 2005
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.44