Stories We've Heard, Stories We've Told: Life-Changing by Jeffrey A. Kottler

By Jeffrey A. Kottler

It is a ebook that integrates what's recognized from a wide selection of disciplines in regards to the nature of storytelling and the way it affects and transforms people's lives.

Drawing on fabric from the arts, sociology, anthropology, neurophysiology, media and communique reviews, narrative inquiry, indigenous therapeutic traditions, in addition to schooling, counseling, and remedy, the publication explores the ways in which therapists function as expert storytellers. moreover, our task is to carry and honor the tales of our consumers, assisting them to reshape them in additional confident methods.

The ebook itself is written as a narrative, using enticing prose, examine, pictures, and strong anecdotes to attract readers into the interesting dynamics and techniques taken with healing storytelling. It units the level for what follows via discussing the ways in which tales have encouraged background, cultural improvement, and person worldviews after which delves into the ways in which daily lives are impacted through the tales we pay attention, learn, and examine in well known media.

The concentration then strikes to tales in the context of treatment, exploring how shopper tales are advised, heard, and negotiated in classes. cognizance then strikes to the ways in which therapists can turn into extra expert and comprehensive storytellers, despite their theoretical personal tastes and elegance.

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She complained of anxiety and a strong need to please and care for her parents and children during their frequent vacations, family occasions, and holidays. Joan was uncomfortable discussing this problem because she felt she was a good daughter and mother, and it was confusing for her to regard the need to please as a problem. But at the same time she knew there was something excessively pressured in her need to care for her family in these circumstances. Through her psychotherapy, Joan recognized her conflicted wishes for love and closeness with her mother, and her sadness and loneliness when she felt abandoned by mother during her periods of depression.

A lbert E instein Pragmatic psychodynamic psychotherapy (PPP) is based on a develop- mental and conflict model of mental life and involves clearly defined psychodynamic diagnosis and formulation, a focus on education and transparency, integration with other synergistic treatment modalities, and an active, engaged therapeutic stance. It differs from classical psychodynamic psychotherapy, which has tended to be open ended, hierarchical, not diagnosis specific, inadequately integrated conceptually and technically with psychopharmacology and other concurrent treatments, less active, and less focused.

This seems quite simple, but it was not how prior generations of psychodynamic practitioners were taught. Identifying the core problem allows the therapist to anticipate the typical descriptive characteristics of the problem and quickly consider the common psychodynamics that go with each. Treatment goals, dilemmas in developing the therapeutic alliance, specific therapy techniques, and common transference and countertransference reactions all revolve around the core problem. If you know the core problem, you will know what to expect in each of these areas, and the road map for the treatment will be quite clear.

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