The New Contextual Therapy: Guiding the Power of Give and Take

The New Contextual Therapy: Guiding the Power of Give and Take

The New Contextual Therapy: Guiding the Power of Give and Take

The New Contextual Therapy: Guiding the Power of Give and Take

Synopsis

This brief clinical guide de-mystifies Contextual Theory of family counseling for practitioners and students in language that is succinct and lucid. Contextual Family Therapy is a profound, far-reaching approach that offers a comprehensive theory of integrating and balancing the concerns of individuality and togetherness. This book is written to expose a whole new generation of therapists to this important approach to family therapy. In making the volume short and accessible, the goal is not to re-write the work of the past but rather to give the reader the basis to see the power of the approach and provide a foundation to understand existing clinical guides. Through detailing and examining the four interplaying dimensions of relationships - objectifiable facts, individual psychology, systemic interactions, and relational ethics - Contextual Therapy gives therapists the ability to reshape human relationships and solve problems using the strengths of trusts, fairness and freedom.

Excerpt

We, the authors, are from different countries, but we are very much related. We are bound together because we share a common lineage in our professional work through Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, md. We are a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist who believe in the contextual therapy approach not only because we have seen it work with our patients, but also because it works in our own families.

Terry Hargrave is a psychotherapist who became acquainted with contextual therapy and Dr. Boszormenyi-Nagy while in graduate school in the mid-1980s. the approach was not only essential to his own growth and resolution of family issues, but it became a research and clinical interest. Hargrave spent time studying Boszormenyi-Nagy's writings and trained with him three times. Franz Pfitzer is a psychiatrist at the Klinik St. Irmingard in Prien, Germany. Pfitzer invited Dr. Boszormenyi-Nagy to lecture at the Klinik for many years in the 1990s, where his influence on the therapeutic community was profound. When Dr. Boszormenyi-Nagy ended his lectures, Franz invited Terry to lecture at the Klinik, starting in 1998 and continuing to the present. in this 5-year collaboration, we have found a great deal of common interest in contextual therapy, as well as a deep and enduring friendship.

We both agreed that the contextual approach was profound and offered a comprehensive theory integrating and balancing concerns of individuality and togetherness. We believed deeply in the psychotherapist's ability to use this approach to reshape human relationships using the strengths of trust, fairness, and freedom. We also observed, however, that the usefulness of the approach had gone unnoticed by many psychotherapists and mental health workers. One of the reasons for this lack of attention is that the theory was based in a philosophy and a language that were often hard to read and under . . .

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