Emerging Developments in Pre-therapy
A Pre-therapy Reader
Edited by Garry F. Prouty
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Emerging Developments in Pre-therapy by Garry F. Prouty
Book DescriptionGarry Prouty writes: In developing this book with my colleagues, I have come to realize that Pre-Therapy is not only a theory and technique of psychotherapy, but also a method of understanding psychological phenomena. Western humanistic psychology has traditionally focused on higher levels of human functioning such as peak experiences or self actualization. In contrast, Pre-Therapy focuses on lower levels of functioning - learning disability, regression, chronic schizophrenia and dementia. Pre-Therapy is a commitment to understand and treat the regressed levels of 'Being in the World'. It is possibly a paradigm shift within western humanistic psychology.In a different sense, Pre-Therapy is a cultural conserve. It maintains a consistent 'non-directive' position derived from mid-20th Century Rogerian Psychology. It also embraces a 'concrete phenomenology'. In Martin Buber's language this is described as 'pointing at the concrete'. Pre-Therapy enables the therapist to contact the patient's regressed levels through the concreteness of the Contact Reflections. What is important about this text, is not Pre-Therapy itself. This can be read in other books and papers.What is important in this text is the growth resulting from Pre-Therapy. Roughly speaking Pre-Therapy has undergone three changes: 1966-1986 'birth' in the United States; 1986-2006 Expansion and growth in Europe; and, The expansion beyond itself to other distinct and separate psychological phenomena - a second generation of theorizing and applications. For the reader not familiar with Pre-Therapy, Part I outlines a brief history of the approach and Part II is a review of the theory itself. Part III contains independent approaches to divergent issues and problems. They have their commonality only by being rooted in Pre-Therapy. They are emergent developments.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781906254094
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: PCCS Books
Publisher: PCCS Books
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Pre-therapy is a method for anyone wanting to work with people whose ability to establish and maintain psychological contact is impaired temporarily or permanently, by illness or injury, whether of organic or psychological origin.
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Author Biography - Garry F. Prouty
Garry Prouty, trained by Eugene Gendlin, was the founder of Pre-Therapy. He lectured in Europe and North America in clinics, hospitals and training organisations and delivered the Frieda Fromm-Reichman Memorial Lecture at the Washington School of Psychiatry in 2002. Garry Prouty served as editorial consultant on the boards of Psychotherapy, Theory, Research and Practice; The International Journal of Mental Imagery and Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies (the journal of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling), and authored several books. He died in 2009.
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