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Emerging Developments in Pre-Therapy: A Pre-Therapy reader

Emerging Developments in Pre-Therapy: A Pre-Therapy reader

Garry Prouty

ISBN 978 1 906254 09 4 (2008)

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From the Preface, Garry Prouty writes: 

'In developing this book with my colleagues, I have come to realize that Pre-Therapy is not only a theory and technique of psychotherapy, but also as a method of understanding psychological phenomena. Western humanistic psychology has traditionally focused on higher levels of human functioning  such as peak experiences or self actualization. In contrast, Pre-Therapy focuses on the lower levels of functioning — learning disability, regression, chronic schizophrenia and dementia. Pre-Therapy is a commitment to understand and treat the regressed levels of ‘Being in the World’. It is possibly a paradigm shift within western humanistic psychology.'

In a different sense, Pre-Therapy is a cultural conserve. It maintains a consistent ‘non-directive’ position derived from mid-20th century Rogerian  psychology. It also embraces a ‘concrete phenomenology’. In Martin Buber’s language this is described as ‘pointing at the concrete’. Pre-Therapy enables the therapist to contact the patient’s regressed levels through the concreteness of the contact reflections. What is important about this text, is not Pre-Therapy itself. This can be read in other books and papers. This text concerns itself with the growth resulting from Pre-Therapy. Pre-Therapy has undergone three changes: (1) 1966–1986 ‘birth’ in the United States  (2) 1986–2006  Expansion and growth in Europe. (3) The expansion beyond itself to other distinct and separate psychological phenomena — a second generation of theorizing and applications.

 

PREFACE

Part I A BRIEF HISTORY OF PRE-THERAPY

Part II A REVIEW OF PRE-THERAPY

Part III EMERGENT DEVELOPMENTS

    Practice

    Chapter 1. Pre-Therapeutic Approaches with People with ‘special needs’

    Marlis Pörtner, Switzerland

    Chapter 2. The Falling Man: Pre-Therapy applied to somatic hallucinating

    Dion Van Werde, Belgium

    Chapter 3. Pre-Therapy and Dementia Care

    Penny Dodds, UK
    
    Theory

    Chapter 4. ECPI: Objective Evaluation for the Pre-Therapy Interview

    Aldo Dinacci, Italy

    Chapter 5. The Development of Inter-subjectivity in Relation to Psychotherapy and Its Implication for Pre-Therapy

    Hans Peters, The Netherlands

    Chapter 6. Pre-Therapy and the Pre-Expressive Self

    Garry Prouty, USA

    

Part IV RELATED DEVELOPMENTS

    Chapter 7. Metaphact Process: A new way of understanding schizophrenic thought disorder

    Margaret Warner and Judith Trytten, USA

    Chapter 8. The Therapy of Dissociation: Its phases and developments

    Ton Coffeng, The Netherlands

    Chapter 9. The Hallucination as the Unconscious Self

    Garry Prouty, USA

Garry Prouty

Garry Prouty

Garry Prouty, (died 2009) trained by Eugene Gendlin, was the founder of Pre-Therapy. He lectured in Europe and North America in clinics, hospitals and training organisations for the over 17 years. During his career, he was invited to deliver the Frieda Fromm-Reichman Memorial Lecture at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Garry Prouty served as editorial consultant on the boards of Psychotherapy, Theory, Research and Practice; The International Journal of Mental Imagery and Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies (the journal of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling). His other books include Theoretical Evolutions in Person-Centered/Experiential Therapy: Applications to schizophrenic and retarded psychoses (Praeger, 1994).

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