Making Contact: Uses of Language in Psychotherapy
Since 1955, moving from early work in psychopharmacology to studies of clinical method and the psychiatric schools, Leston Havens has been working toward a general theory of therapy. It often seems that twentieth-century psychiatry, sect-ridden, is a Tower of Babel, as Havens once characterized it. This book is the distillation of long years of thought and practice, a bold...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 15th 1988 by Harvard University Press
(first published January 1st 1986)
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If I had to choose out of the thousands of books I've read, the top ten ever written on psychotherapy, this would be on the list. A simply brilliant book on how to make contact with patients who have trouble connecting to themselves or others. Unlike many books which help therapists work with the mildly troubled, this book delves deeply into the myriad ways we need to connect with patients who have trouble tolerating relationships with others. Full of excellent clinical vignettes, I consider thi...more