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Therapeutic Presence : Bridging Expression and Form - Arthur Robbins

Therapeutic Presence

Bridging Expression and Form

By: Arthur Robbins (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 1997
ISBN: 9781853025594
Number Of Pages: 275

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In the therapeutic workplace, the interaction between patient and therapist is built upon cognitive, affective and expressive experiences. The contributors to this new book explore this interaction in depth, examining the concept of therapeutic presence, and the therapist's ability to maintain it.Arthur Robbins suggests that, since therapeutic presence calls for an openness and awareness of the intersubjective space between therapist and patient, therapists who become receptive to the subtle cues of sensory perceptual communication, as well as to the playful, mirroring and meditative interaction will find more successful and meaningful interactions with patients. Therapeutic presence requires a sensitivity to the concepts of centring and grounding, embodies the spatial and temporal characteristics of the therapeutic frame, and an experience of energy that may open, shut down, or disrupt the field of therapeutic contact.This stance can be applied to therapeutic modalities ranging from psychoanalysis to creative arts therapy, in work with both short term and long term populations, and Robbins suggests that the full use of the therapist's creative energies may provide the only solution to overwhelming therapeutic situations.

Prefacep. 9
Introduction to Therapeutic Presencep. 17
Wriggles, Squiggles and Words: From Expression to Meaning in Early Childhood and Psychotherapyp. 39
Affect and Therapeutic Presence as a Diagnostic Indicatorp. 87
The Therapist as Nannyp. 107
The Healer as Therapistp. 121
The Impact of Pregnancy on the Psychotherapeutic Process: An Integrated Approach to Working with the Self-Disordered Clientp. 142
Therapeutic Presence in Holistic Psychotherapyp. 153
Listen to the Music of the Unconscious: Using Countertransference as a Compass in Analytical Music Therapyp. 185
Ritual in Expressive Therapyp. 204
The Field of Wings: Puppetry as Therapy from an Object Relations Point of View and Incorporating Field Psychologyp. 219
The Power of Art and Story: Women Therapists Create Their Own Fairy Talesp. 245
Dance/Movement and Art Therapies as Primary Expressions of the Selfp. 261
A Final Notep. 273
The Contributorsp. 274
Subject Indexp. 275
Author Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9781853025594
ISBN-10: 1853025593
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 275
Published: 1st September 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43