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In John Birtchnell's last book How Humans Relate, he proposed a new theory as the basis for a science of relating. Relating in Psychotherapy explains how the relevance of this theory relates to the practice of psychotherapy. The theory cuts across all schools of therapy, and is a way of describing each school in terms of relating in both the client and the therapist. The theory is constructed around two major axes; a horizontal one concerning the degree to which we need to become involved with or separated from others, and a vertical one concerning the degree to which we choose to exercise power over others or permit others to exercise their power over us. With numerous clinical examples, John Birtchnell explains how we need to be competet in all four relating positions (close, distant, upper and lower), and argues that people who seek therapy usually lack competence in one or more of them, but through the course of therapy, their relating capabilities can be improved. Relating in Psychotherapy can have applications in psychotherapy and in couple and family therapy, and will be an invaluable resource for therapists, counsellors and other mental health professionals.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781583912751
ISBN-10: 1583912754
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 21mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Brunner-Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 2-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Birtchnell

John Birtchnell is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry and Honorary Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, London. He is the author of How Humans Relate: A New Interpersonal Theory, (Psychology Press, 1996).

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