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Between Therapist and Client: The New Relationship

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Perhaps the most important aspect of the therapeutic process is the relationship between therapist and client. For years, two major schools of thought have strongly disagreed about what the nature of that relationship should be. The humanists emphasized warmth and empathy. The psychoanalysts kept a neutral, cool distance. Recently, however, the beginnings of a reconciliati ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by Holt Paperbacks (first published February 1997)
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In my moments of longing for an alternate career, I muse on being a psychotherapist. Do I want to go back to school and dive deep into debt? My thinks not. But, I still nurture the possibility of that seismic shift in my life, deep in my soul.

This book was a very fine discussion of this relationship... giving a brief overview of the primary views that have developed over the last century. But, it doesn't at all feel like a history or "school" book. It's a very easy read, with examples from sessi
For me, this book defines my idea of a rewarding therapeutic relationship. It helped me consolidate my understanding of the importance of empathy, transference and counter transference to therapeutic outcomes. I can only agree wholeheartedly with some of the reviews on the back cover 'the valuable integration of humanistic psychology and contemporary psychoanalysis brings into exquisite focus the understanding of the therapist-patient relationship as the essential ingredient of therapeutic chang ...more
Great overview of Freud, Gill, and Kohut with an eye toward the practical implications within a practice. A must-read for anyone that wants to build a therapeutic relationship with clients within a psychodynamic framework.
Meh. This was very similar to Basic Freud (also written by Kahn) and both the style and problems are the same. I find the text written at a high school level. It doesn't make sense to read it if you have already read the authors he summarizes (Gill, Rogers, Kohut, Freud) because it is just a very elementary recap. It's not really written for professions who have their license because they should already know this stuff. So I guess this means it was written for trainees like me and it put me to s ...more
A great book, particularly the chapters on transference and counter-transference.
Rachel Gold
Useful! Not too abstract and not too prescriptive. Kahn presents concepts and broad guidelines for the reader to interpret and apply on their own, but there is also no shortage of clinical examples to learn from. A digestible amount of historical context for the theories being integrated. I like the way Kahn presents a theoretical spectrum (e.g. radical to conservative approaches around self-disclosure) and the strengths of each end before identifying his personal position along that spectrum. A ...more
Kahn describes the various approaches to the therapeutic relationship delineated by Freud, Rogers, Gill, and Kohut, and then does a great job integrating all of the disparate threads into a cohesive set of guidelines for therapists. His writing is clear, engaging, humane, easy to read, and very inspiring. I get the impression that he is probably a pretty great shrink, too. I would recommend this book to clients seeking to understand the "rules" of therapy as much as to new therapists (and therap ...more
Michael Blythman
Apr 18, 2010 Michael Blythman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: counsellors, therapists, helpers, anyone interested in human relationships
This really is essential reading for counsellors and therapists. It puts the therapeutic relationship under the microscope and beautifully merges humanistic with psychodynamic thinking. Kahn has a lovely 'voice' and he sets out at a gentle pace, without the need for jargon and Cleverer Than Thou word-ology! Invest in yourself and read it again and again... M.
A very helpful introduction to the importance of the therapeutic relationship (and the different ways in which this relationship might be developed).
I wish this was assigned to us to read during the first semester. Engaging and useful with a lot of important information regarding use of self.
Michael Kahn is a wonderful man and a clear, concise, and knowledgeable writer. If you're a student of psychotherapy, read this book.
Irina slutsky
read this if you have a therapist not just if you are/studying to be a therapist
Highly rec. for anyone in the profession!
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