Helping therapists navigate the complexities of emotional interactions with clients, this book provides practical clinical guidelines. Master clinician Karen J. Maroda adds an important dimension to the psychodynamic literature by exploring the role of both clients' and therapists' emotional experiences in the process of therapy. Vivid case examples illustrate specific techniques for becoming more attuned to one's own experience of a client; offering direct feedback and self-disclosure in the service of treatment goals; and managing intense feelings and conflict in the relationship. Maroda clearly distinguishes between therapeutic and nontherapeutic ways to work with emotion in this candid and instructive guide.
Introduction. Emotional Engagement and Mutual Influence: Basic Issues as Therapy Begins. Mutuality and Collaboration: Influencing Each Other. Redefining Regression: Facilitating Therapeutic Vulnerability. Evaluating Interventions: Tracking the Client's Response. Self-disclosure and Advice: Understanding How and When the Therapist's Disclosures are Therapeutic. Managing Emotion: Affective Communication and the Role of Interaction. The Special Problem of Affect Management in Treating Borderline Personality Disorders. Confrontation and Countertransference Anger: Overcoming the Therapist's Aversion to Conflict. Erotic Feelings: How They Help or Hinder the Therapeutic Process. Empowering the Client: The Road to Independence. Conclusion. Glossary. Annotated Bibliography.