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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

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

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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