Healing Through Meeting: Martin Buber's Conversational Approach to Psychotherapy
250 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Jan 1997
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Healing Through Meeting: Martin Buber's Conversational Approach to Psychotherapy

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Healing Through Meeting explains Martin Buber's ideas in simple terms and shows how they can offer a philosophical and ethical framework within which to hold a therapeutic conversation. A collection of therapeutic stories, based on actual case studies, is included which therapists can share with their clients. Through the telling of stories, therapists can highlight specific facets of human functioning and interaction. Clients can gain insight into their problems and so make choices about their future direction.John Gunzburg shares his skills in composing therapeutic stories and encourages therapists to formulate their own stories out of their and their clients' experiences. In so doing, the wisdom that is to be found within the therapy room can be shared.
'This is a technical book, but it would be of great value to those who wish to widen their counselling skills, and who like a very broad approach to spirituality and psychology.'- The Church Times'This is a book that celebrates eclecticism and the healing power of relationships. There is much to enjoy and admire.'- Journal of Social Work Practice'It is my hope that by reading this work, you will find the new ideas and learnings that will occur will enrich your lives as you will find courage and greater strengths inspired by the stories told.'- Zena Burgess, Clinical Psychologist, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.
John Gunzburg, AMusA, MBBS, FRACGP, FIAEP is a psychotherapist, a Clinical Member of the Victorian Association of Family Therapists and a Fellow of the International Academy of Eclectic Psychotherapists. He has taught at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has been a family therapist and counsellor in private practice since 1987.
Section 1: Introduction. Existentialism. Phenomenology. Humanism. A Personal Reflection. Bibliotherapy: Section 2: the art of book-healing. The power of story. Mapping the therapuetic conversation. Setting the Scene: encouraging meeting. Speaking the Client's language. The systemic map. The structural map. The developmental map. The psychodynamic map. The communicational map. The transgenerational map. The analytic `reductive into parts' map. The feminist map. The holistic map. The spiritual map. Section 3: Creating Tales of Empowerment. The quality of the therapeutic conversation. Structuring tales of empowerment. A Personal Reflection. Epilogue. Appendix A: Love, Pain and the Whole Damn Thing. Appendix B: Some Useful Questions.
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