A practical guide to cultivating therapeutic presence / Shari M. Geller ; foreword by Daniel J. Siegel.

Geller, Shari M. [Browse]
  • Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, [2017]
  • ©2017
xiii, 263 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm


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"Research has consistently demonstrated the role of the therapeutic alliance in effective psychotherapy. Yet, the emotional demands of therapy combined with everyday stressors and distractions can prevent therapists from being fully present with their clients, which makes it difficult to build and maintain a stable alliance. This book is a much-needed practical guide to cultivating therapeutic presence. The specific techniques described will help clinicians engage more deeply with their clients on multiple levels -- physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, and relational. It will also help clinicians and their clients deepen their relationship into a healing encounter. Shari M. Geller first reviews the empirical foundations of therapeutic presence, including its neurophysiological underpinnings. She then translates this knowledge into clinical skills and practices that therapists of all theoretical backgrounds can use to set a pre-session foundation for presence, cultivate that presence in session, and overcome barriers. To be optimally effective, therapists must also practice self-care and hone their presence skills outside of therapy. Thus, Geller provides exercises that allow therapists to cultivate presence in all aspects of their lives. The book culminates in a description of therapeutic relational presence, the deepest level of connection therapists and clients can achieve through ongoing presence with each other." -- Publisher's description
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-252) and index.
  • Therapeutic presence : the foundation for effective therapy
  • History of therapeutic presence
  • Neurophysiology of therapeutic presence
  • Preparing for presence prior to session
  • Receptively attuning with clients and ourselves
  • Extending, responding, and promoting contact with clients
  • Barriers and challenges to presence
  • Preparing the ground for presence : mindfulness and experiential exercises
  • Strengthening the therapeutic presence process : receptivity, inward attuning, extending, and contact exercises
  • Deepening the experience of therapeutic presence : grounding, immersion, expansion, and compassion exercises
  • Therapeutic relational presence : relationship as a pathway to spirituality
  • Continuing the journey : teaching and expanding therapeutic presence.
  • 9781433827167
  • 1433827166
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