As the field of psychotherapy focuses more on treatment manuals and the regimented nature of clinical research, the practice risks losing the subtle nuances that guide the interactive fluidity of therapy sessions. Can clinicians combat this loss by incorporating ideals from ancient philosophy into contemporary psychotherapy? In The Socratic Method of Psychotherapy, James Overholser approaches cognitive therapy through the interactive dialogues of Socrates, aiming to reduce the gap between theory and practice. Clinicians and students will appreciate the flexibility and creativity that underlie effective psychotherapy sessions when guided by the Socratic method as an innovative approach to self-exploration.
1. Introduction to the Socratic Method
2. Psychotherapy as Therapy of the Mind
3. Integrating Science and Practice . . . and Philosophy?
4. Systematic Questioning: If You Do Not Know, Just Ask
5. Inductive Reasoning: Learning from Personal Experiences
6. Universal Definitions: What Do You Mean by That?
7. Socratic Ignorance: Accepting What You Do Not Really Know
8. Guided Discovery: Searching Together as a Team
9. Self-Improvement: Helping Clients to Grow and Mature
10. A Focus on Virtue Ethics in Psychotherapy
11. Wisdom: Can You See the Big Picture?
12. Courage: Are You Brave Enough to Be Yourself?
13. Moderation: Learning to Tame Your Desires
14. Justice: Is It Possible to Be Fair to Everyone?
15. Piety: Do Spiritual Beliefs Have a Place in Psychotherapy?
16. Psychotherapy from a Socratic View
17. Conclusions: Where Do We Go from Here?
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