The Therapeutic Relationship in Psychotherapy Practice: An Integrative Perspective explores the key components of the patient-therapist relationship in psychotherapy, as well as how these elements affect the treatment process and outcomes and what therapists may do to enhance the relationship. Dr. Gelso posits a tripartite model in which the therapeutic relationship is seen as being composed of three interlocking elements: a real or personal relationship, a working alliance, and a transference-countertransference configuration that exist in each and every therapeutic relationship. Focusing on what psychotherapists can do to foster strong and facilitative relationships with their patients, the book includes substantial material drawn from clinical practice, with an ever-present eye on research findings.
Charles J. Gelso is professor emeritus and senior lecturer in psychology at University of Maryland. He has written widely about the therapeutic relationship over the years, theorizing about and studying key elements of the relationship. Dr. Gelso has been editor of major journals in psychotherapy and has received many top awards in the field.
Preface Chapter 1. An Integrative Conception of the Therapeutic Relationship: Overview of the Tripartite Model Chapter 2. The Empathic Way and Benevolent Neutrality Chapter 3. Building a Real Relationship and Forging a Working Alliance: What Is a Therapist to Do? Chapter 4. Detecting and Working with Transference Chapter 5. Know Thyself, Manage Thyself Chapter 6. Love, Hate, and Other Inadmissible Feelings in the Psychotherapist Chapter 7. Good Therapist, Good Relationship: A Summing Up Index