Faculty Book: Paul L. Wachtel
Inside the Session: What Really Happens in Psychotherapy
(American Psychological Association Press, 2011)
Rather than carefully selected examples of therapeutic dialogue conveniently chosen to conform to the therapist’s views, Inside the Session presents full transcripts of three entire sessions, enabling readers to see not just what went right, but where the therapist may have missed a crucial detail or intervened at the wrong moment. In this look over a psychotherapist’s shoulder, Wachtel intersperses the transcripts with insightful commentary on how to explore the client’s thoughts and experiences in ways that encourage insight and promote new interpersonal patterns, as well as alerting readers to the fine points of language choice. Wachtel's well-known integrative theory draws on psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, systemic, and experiential perspectives, highlighting convergences that are obscured by different terminologies and clarifying where the differences are real and important. Paul Wachtel (Dist. Prof., City) is on the doctoral faculty in psychology.
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Submitted on: FEB 15, 2011