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Ariadne's Thread: Case Studies in the therapeutic Relationship (Skills, Techniques, & Process) Paperback – June 22, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0618370283 ISBN-10: 0618370285 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Skills, Techniques, & Process
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; 1 edition (June 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618370285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618370283
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Case One: Once, My Lovely Discussion: The Human Context of Therapy Case Two: Daddy Dearest Discussion: Transference and Countertransference Case Three: Fighter Pilot Discussion: Narrative and Constructivism Case Four: Truth Is a Razor Discussion: Resistance and Empathy Case Five: The Many Chambered Heart Discussion: Anxiety, Defenses, and Guilt Case Six: Oh Mother, Where Art Thou? Discussion: Interpersonal Origins of Self-Experience Case Seven: As I Walked Out in the Streets of Laredo Discussion: Psychotherapy and Change: Some Principles Case Eight: The Dance of Nayana Discussion: Intersubjectivity and Culture Conclusion References Name Index Subject Index

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Cowan is a stunning author.
Elise
This book showed me what such a situation looks like in a real counseling relationship and helped me to better understand the counseling "process."
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I chose to read this in a post-grad program and found it to be very enlightening and thought provoking.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Va reader on June 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a practicing clinical psychologist I am always interested in how other clinicians work. This book is an excellent inside view of what happens in the consulting room of a talented therapist. Cowan is a fine writer and his understanding of the therapeutic relationship is very dimensional. He is able to communicate his insights in fresh, original language that keeps the pages turning. I couldn't put it down. Each case study is a gem, and each is followed by an analysis of the central ideas and issues that inform the therapist- client relationship. I kept thinking how I might handle my own client's similar issues from a different perspective. Cowan's talent is for relating each client's story and issues in a way that also illuminates the healing power and complex dynamics in the client-therapist encounter. The cases read like short stories and are gripping. The analysis sections are pretty dense but always enlightening (A bit much for most lay persons I would think - There is a Self psychology/Intersubjectivity theme throughout the theories sections). The section on the developmental origins of self in relation to the discussion of treatment of bulimia gave me a whole new perspective on working with these clients. What a fine training tool for the cliniciam in training, its intended audience. However, for a seasoned clinician, or even an informed lay person, this is a captivating read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Devin Nordberg on September 9, 2005
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This is one of my favorite books! It contains fascinating true tales of people you can sympathize with, enriched by the excellent mind of Eric Cowan analyzing their problems (and analyzing his own methods of counseling).

I'm just an interested lay person, but I learned tons about people's psychological problems, different strategies of therapy, and the irreducible complexity of trying to help someone. This book was so great that I'm surprised that there isn't an entire genre of "true therapy cases," because it's much more interesting and emotionally gripping than any of the books about legal battles or crime.

I especially appreciated the author's willingness to continually question and reexamine his own approaches, his boundaries with his clients, and the various philosophical approaches to therapy. You're right there with the author, puzzling over a client's problem and how to help effectively. The valuable lessons he takes from existential approaches is merely icing on the cake.

Why are you still reading this review? Buy this book now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NY Reader on September 11, 2004
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Ariadne's Thread" may be about therapeutic case-studies, but it reads like a collection of short stories, each one a page-turner. Among the clients are abused children, a nymphomaniac, a married man with a secret, sleazy gay life, and a young Asian woman torn between loyalty to her parents and to her American fiancé. Even humdrum marital problems are compelling when handled by Eric W. Cowan.

Dr. Cowan's method is to examine his own doubts, assumptions and shortcomings, so that everything is called into question on both sides of the therapist-client relationship. The playing field is thus considerably leveled; the therapist is willing to be on the spot as much as the client. After a while you wonder how he can get through a day without melting down. But then you realize that all he's doing is looking at each moment with maximum clarity and attention. This is something nearly every human being can -- but usually doesn't -- do. Thus the therapist is not only listening, coaxing out the truth, but also demonstrating a way of approaching life. The reader as well as the client comes away with a new sense of how to deal with emotions, solve problems, and be free of the past.

The icing on the cake is that Dr. Cowan is a fine writer and a natural storyteller. His book is a great read -- and a life-changer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Love, EPC on May 10, 2013
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Just as another reviewer wrote, I read this book along with Teyber's Interpersonal Process in Therapy as part of my counseling training. I really loved this book. Each chapter is like reading a short story, weaved with honesty, counseling theory, and techniques. The author does a great job helping the reader visualize the different clients - ranging from a southern woman struggling with an eating disorder to a sassy teen who is a self-injurer. Each chapter, no matter what the client was struggling with, was captivating. Although it was for class, the book kept me fully engaged. I laughed out loud, cried like I knew the client, and was cheering them on with each page. I also appreciated the author's honesty as he explored his own feelings and experiences within the counseling sessions.

Great. Great. Great.

I actually plan on gifting it to a couple friends who are not studying to be counselors, but just enjoy learning about people and/or psychology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Eddy on October 8, 2009
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A fascinating look at the days in the professional life of a thoughtful, artistic, genuinely caring therapist with a predominantly existential counseling philosophy. We get to know his world as he is mindful of his own feelings and puzzles through the serious issues of his clients. Unique to any counseling literature I have seen, this work also celebrates the artfulness and creativity needed to be a great counselor. This work has helped me learn to deeply question and know my own feelings and know how this analysis can creatively and positively influence my work with others. This book could be used as a training/refresher for counselors. It is also a wonderful read for any lay person who is artistic, interested in psychology, or otherwise paying attention in life. Without doubt the most interesting and insightful work of non-fiction I have read in years, and great gift idea for any counselor or mental health professional.
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