A Relational Approach to
“While new practitioners will benefit from reading this book, therapists of all levels of experience, especially those who are focusing on the relational aspect of their work, will find this book a useful place to visit and revisit; to think, to reflect and to play with the ideas.” (The British Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 2013)
“In my opinion it deserves a large readership, and in particular I would urge that it be read
by all recent graduates of integrative trainings as an inspiration and encouragement to them as they ‘head out into unchartered water,’ as Nolan might say.” (Contemporary Psychotherapy, 2012)
One of the most crucial decisions for any clinician is choosing the appropriate treatment approach for an individual client. Therapist and Client provides an invaluable guide to the fundamental interpersonal elements that comprise the most effective factor in therapy – the therapeutic relationship. Psychoanalytic and humanistic concepts and principles that vividly demonstrate the need to work in the present moment in order to effect change and tailor therapy to the individual client are grounded in key findings from infant research and neuroscience. In exploring the major aspects of the therapeutic relationship and a relational approach, esteemed psychotherapist Patrick Nolan draws on theory from multiple psychotherapeutic perspectives, research, and more than 30 years of clinical experience. His innovative treatment model reveals how current knowledge of the unified nature of body- mind experience, function, and expression offers a fresh view of the interactions, vitality, and potential of therapy.
Illustrated with numerous detailed case studies and practical clinical applications, Therapist and Client offers an exciting new resource for psychotherapists and health care professionals seeking a more pragmatic, enlivening, and fruitful way of working with their clients.
Patrick Nolan is a Psychotherapist and the Director of the Irish Institute for
Integrated Psychotherapy. He is co-editor of Object Relations and Integrative Psychotherapy: Tradition and Innovation in Theory and Practice (2002) and has written about integrative, psychoanalytic and body psychotherapy in numerous publications.
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I strongly recommend this book to therapists, counsellors and psychologists who are keen to enliven and enrich their practice.
Rodolfo de Bernart, Professor of Family Therapy, Uninversity of Siena, 2012
Patrick Nolan sets out to share his findings and research based on over thirty years of clinical practice in this highly informative and significant book.
Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Autumn 2012
There is an enthusiastic virtuosity combined with a humanity in the way Patrick Nolan brings together some
of the best current research and thinking about the ways our capacities for relationships are formed from infancy and then applies them insightfully to construct an integrative conception of psychotherapy. I urge you to take your time with the book and select the insights that, at this time can enrich your practice.
Peter Stratton, Emeritus Professor of Family Therapy, University of Leeds, 2012
The book is very clearly structured and laid out, so the reader can readily access any topic of interest. The case-studies stand alone and make fascinating reading in their own right. Nolan attends to the integration of his client’s body-mind as much as the integration of the diverse theories that contribute to a therapy that foregrounds the relationship. An absorbing and thought-provoking read: strongly recommended.
Dr. Barbara Dowds, Psychotherapist, 2012
Drawing on findings from infant research, many schools of psychotherapy, and other disciplines including neuroscience, plus over thirty years of clinical experience, Patrick Nolan affirms the relational field as the locus of both suffering and healing. In doing so he challenges our ideas about the nature of individual psychopathology and re-visions the role of the therapist. Therapist as tender of the Hachoka – The Lakota word for sacred circle; the dynamic web of relationships in which we are each embedded. This is a valuable guide for psychotherapists attempting to forge a relational way of working.
Michael Kearney, Medical Director of Palliative Care, Cottage Health Systems, California, 2012
The real richness in this book is how Nolan illustrates his ideas through his own reflections on his client work and the presentation throughout the book of case vignettes that explicitly demonstrate how the concepts outlined are manifested in his work with clients. We are invited to observe the work of therapy, to share in his reflections, to glance through a window into his consulting room where both client and therapist are exposed in all their vulnerability.
Dr Rosaleen Mc Elvaney, Inside Out, 2012
I very much like the metaphor Nolan uses to illustrate how after 30 years as a therapist he appreciates, no matter what approach a therapist takes, that the effectiveness and potency of the psychotherapeutic dyad hinges on how “alive the interpersonal relationship is in the present moment.
Brad McLean, The British Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 2012
Essential reading for students, counsellors and therapists who believe in healing through meeting.
Dr.Phil Huston, Psychotherapist, 2012
Patrick Nolan’s integrative approach to psychotherapy is unique. It draws together concepts and practices from many therapeutic traditions including humanistic, client-centered, gestalt, psychoanalytic, object- relations, interpersonal and body-oriented approaches. It also takes account of recent advances in developmental psychology and neuroscience. Through clinical case material this book offers a novel perspective on a range of critical issues including the centrality of the therapeutic alliance, matching the therapeutic process to clients’ needs, and addressing mind-body and self-other dualities. Patrick Nolan is widely acclaimed for his approach to psychotherapy training. This book is long awaited and should be read by both psychotherapists in training and experienced therapists.
Professor Alan Carr, Director of Clinical Psychology, University College Dublin, Ireland
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