Relational patterns of being in communicative psychotherapy

Holmes, Carol A. V. (2001) Relational patterns of being in communicative psychotherapy. PhD thesis, Middlesex University.

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Abstract

Communicative Psychotherapy is characterised by its distinctive focus on the immediate therapeutic interaction. The approach identifies the client's unconscious curative abilities to guide the treatment process, while also acknowledging the practitioner's potential to also disturb the therapeutic procedure. The major thrust of Communicative Psychotherapy is related to the significance of death anxiety. This notion is consistently addressed around the boundary issues (as they arise) of the therapeutic environment. The approach emphasizes the interpersonal influence that this
ongoing existential concern has on the quality of the therapeutic relationship.

The school of Existential Phenomenology is generally viewed as antagonistic to theories of human behaviour that stress the role of the unconscious. The research has examined the connections between some major existential themes, taken from a specific tradition of European existentialism and the communicative approach to psychotherapy. The discourse has explored and juxtaposed some key existential concepts of being in the world in order to clarify the interpersonal communicative focus on being - between client and therapist in the consulting room. The work has sought to display a common philosophical thread that unites existentialism to the
communicative model. The research has also systematically applied and revealed a link between fractal patterns that signify disorder in Dynamical Systems Theory and
communicative practice, which is principally focused on the client's recurring narrative themes that relate to the boundary disturbances in the therapeutic system.

The context statement has extended, amplified and grounded the main topic of the thesis by integrating three further features. (1) By augmenting the triple link between Existential Philosophy, Chaos Theory and Communicative Psychotherapy. (2) By displaying the relational principles that are implied in the three manifestly divergent disciplines. (3) By illustrating the phenomenological aspects of the communicative
method.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Research Areas: B. > Doctorates by Public Works
Item ID: 13629
Depositing User: Adam Miller
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 14:56
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2019 15:11
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13629

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