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Intricate Engagements : The Collaborative Basis of Therapeutic Change - Steven A. Frankel

Intricate Engagements

The Collaborative Basis of Therapeutic Change

Paperback Published: 1st January 1995
ISBN: 9781568215907
Number Of Pages: 288

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Intricate Engagements confronts a fundamental challenge of contemporary psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. At each clinical moment psychotherapists are flooded with possibilities. To manage this situation they often take refuge in preconceived ideas about psychology and change. Intricate Engagements helps therapists find their way through and out of this maze. Dr. Frankel shows how to chart a course through the moment-to-moment uncertainty of the therapeutic situation in a way that maintains the compelling immediacy and often terrifying intimacy required for two people to influence one another.
As Dr. Frankel demonstrates in a wide-ranging review, the major psychoanalytic theories conflict too much on key points to provide sufficient direction. Research in the field is rudimentary. However, by assessing and comparing these sources, consulting the literature on child development, and undertaking an extensive retrospective study of his own clinical work, Dr. Frankel is able to construct an alternative model.
His theory pictures the mind as consisting of semi-autonomous relationship units with closely linked internalized and current dimensions. Its recommendations for technique emphasize the limitations of a therapist's knowledge and the collaborative effort that is required to move beyond it. Therapist and patient work together to identify a path toward understanding and change. Overall, Dr. Frankel describes a rich, practical, and flexible framework from which to initiate the profound transformation in both patient and therapist that is the goal of psychotherapeutic work.

This is a very impressive book. It addresses the current state of foment in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, and offers a new conceptualization of the workings of psychotherapeutic technique and process. Dr. Frankel's unique approach, candor, thoughtfulness, and creativity emphatically capture one's interest and stimulate one's own thinking. This well-researched and thoughtful volume makes an important and timely contribution to our still-evolving understanding of analytic treatment.--Calvin Settlage, M.D.

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
A Note on Terminologyp. xxiii
Searching for Principles
Discovering the Patientp. 3
Guidelines for Theory and Actionp. 17
Searching for Common Principlesp. 45
The Facilitating Relationship in Clinical Practicep. 71
Reconstituting the Analytic Relationshipp. 89
The Facilitating Relationship in Childhoodp. 115
Applications to the Therapeutic Situationp. 133
A Relationship-Unit Model
The Self and Object Constellationp. 155
Assessment and Interventionp. 179
A Tool for Organizing Clinical Datap. 189
The Model Applied
The Analytic Fieldp. 203
Analytic Changep. 223
Epiloguep. 237
Referencesp. 239
Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9781568215907
ISBN-10: 1568215908
Series: Library of Object Relations
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st January 1995
Publisher: JASON ARONSON INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.51 x 14.61  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.49