This book presents the most complete and up-to-date formulation of Pre-Therapy philosophy, theory and practice. Previously only available in German, this important work has been updated and translated. It has been virtually impossible to get hold of any substantial writing on Pre-Therapy in the UK and this book rectifies the situation. Applications of the method with the most difficult client-groups — those described with severe psychosis and others with profound learning disabilities — are described by all three authors, with detailed accounts from Dion Van Werde and Marlis Pörtner.
Developed by Garry Prouty and his associates over 30 years, Pre-Therapy is a method for anyone wanting to work with people whose ability to establish and maintain psychological contact is impaired temporarily or permanently, by illness or injury, whether of organic or psychological origin. Pre-Therapy has changed the practice of psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, social workers, counsellors and carers in mainland Europe; now this book introduces its revolutionary ideas to English-speaking readers.
Part 1 Garry Prouty -- The Foundations of Pre-Therapy
•Pre-Therapy and Existential Phenomenology
•The Theory of Pre-Therapy
•The Practice of Pre-Therapy
•Newer Applications of Pre-Therapy
Part 2 Dion Van Werde -- Pre-Therapy applied on a psychiatric ward
•A Contact Milieu
Part 3 Marlis Pörtner -- Further Evolutions of Pre-Therapy in Europe
•The Pre-Therapy Project of Sint-Amandus
•Further Evolutions of Pre-Therapy
Van Werde has developed an understanding of working with what he calls the 'grey area' where clients may dip in and out of psychosis. As a counsellor working in the field of mental health, I found this thought provoking and helpful. Pre-Therapy offers me a way of supporting someone at the edge of therapeutic viability and of bringing them back into therapeutic contact, in a way that is fully consistent with person centred therapy. It is deeply respectful of the client and an effective way of making therapy available to those who might otherwise be excluded. Margaret Brown, Counselling Manager and practitioner, East Suffolk Mind, reviewed in HCPJ April 2003.