Relational Family Therapy: The Systemic, Interpersonal, and Intrapsychic Experience

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Author: Christian Goste─Źnik

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd

Published: 23/01/2017

ISBN: 9781138686199

Relational Family Therapy introduces a cutting-edge family and couple therapy model that synthesizes relational theories and integrates object relations theory with interpersonal psychoanalysis and self psychology. The model holds that individuals deal with conflicts rooted in the frustrated and threatening environment they grew up in by later forming intimate relationships that are comparable to the core experiences from their primary family systems. The book outlines the three levels of experience-systemic, interpersonal, and intrapsychic-and provide concrete ways for the therapist to address client problems and promote affect regulation. Chapters include transcripts of actual family therapy sessions as well as genograms so readers can see the model in action.