Whole Therapist, Whole Patient:
Integrating Reich, Masterson, and Jung in Modern Psychotherapy
by Routledge/Taylor & Francis
Foreword by Judith Pearson, Director, The International Masterson Institute!
Dr. Patricia Frisch’s book is a must-read guidebook for psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health and medical professionals. Anyone interested in psychology, personality or character types, verbal analysis, and somatic approaches will enjoy her lively discussion. It includes an easy-to-read, step-by-step methodology for treating the whole patient while supporting the whole therapist. The reader is introduced to Wilhelm Reich, the father of somatic psychology and character analysis, James Masterson M.D. and Carl Jung. Dr. Frisch’s innovative method integrates these theoreticians for the first time, creating a clear typology of character types that can be utilized as a handy guide to understanding yourself and your patients.
Whole Therapist, Whole Patient is filled with tools and techniques for therapists, instructions on dream analysis, case management, working with difficult patients and much more. Dr. Frisch’s guidance includes instructions from the first phone call to termination and is an excellent choice for beginning therapists as well as mature clinicians who want to improve their game. Dr. Frisch has a unique approach that captures the essence of the patient in the first sessions. She teaches her direct style of intervention that encapsulates dynamics in a forthright way allowing patients to grasp the essence of their problematic style. Therapy gets off to a dynamic start rather than meandering down the tired trail of storytelling.
Foreword by Judith Pearson, Director, The International Masterson Institute
I am honored to write a foreword to what I, to my great pleasure, discovered to be a remarkable and aptly titled book. As I delved into Whole Therapist-Whole Patient, I knew I had encountered an eminently sane, organized and thoughtful primer on the proper approach to the practice of psychotherapy. At the same time I also realized that a book of this breadth and depth could only have been written by a seasoned therapist who was herself an intelligent, compassionate and fully integrated human being.
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Integrating Reich, Masterson, and Jung in Modern Psychotherapy
Dr. Frisch wakes us up with her straight forward writing in this masterful combination of 3 great theorists: Wilhelm Reich’s Character Analysis, Dr Masterson’s Early Childhood Development, and Carl Jung’s Dream Analysis.
Dr Frisch’s earthy style in person as well as in her book allows the reader to experience such deep concepts as armor, presence, and contact – making way for a change in the direction of our life.
After reading the chapter on Dream Analysis – in her online book club group- I could access my dreams on a regular basis. This was a powerful take away for me as I had struggled for years to have a Dream life – collecting a small library of books on how to dream without success. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in change of any kind!
~ Barbara A
Teacher of the Alexander Technique
“My name is Denisa and I work as a young therapist in Bucharest, România. I saw a sample of your book and I find it very precious and resourceful. I think it will help a lot of practitioners and clients.”
~ Denisa Neascu
“Our patients suffer. Sometimes we feel helpless to help them, or they seem unable to integrate our best support and intentions. I encourage you to read this book. This book helps therapists and patients see the deeper roots of problems and gives roadmaps and clear understanding of how these seemingly intractable problems in our patients can be addressed with much more success. Success is measured not by superficial symptom relief but by deeper systemic change in how our personalities are defensive structures often covering the real issues and problems. Dr. Frisch’s book has brilliantly interwoven the masterful works of Dr. Wilhelm Reich, James Masterson, and Carl Jung. This book is a significant contribution to our work as therapists. It’s accessible and guides the reader through all the aspects of our profession. You will feel honored by Dr. Frisch’s deep regard for our work and her extraordinary experience and unfailing courage in adapting this work to our times. She has a keen eye for seeing the most salient issue of the patient needing to be addressed at any given time. This comes from her own health and allows for her deep contact with self and other. Dr. Frisch is bold, innovative, very real, and profoundly insightful as a clinician and in her bringing forth this work in a manner that honors us all. I have had the pleasure and benefit of training under Dr. Frisch for years, she is a true master at our craft.
Dr. Frisch is both a realist and a strong optimist. She always see’s the true potential of our patients, helping them reach further than they thought they could, she never falls into the trance with the client of their own sense of defeat, no matter how tenacious a patient feels like giving up or pushing away. Patricia knows the life and possibilities that live inside us all. She also honors with extraordinary compassion what horrors or mishaps have been part of our history that brought us to the difficulties we suffer with.
I personally am extremely grateful to her for putting this into a guidebook so for me as a practitioner I have clear reference points to settle me into the work of helping people heal and grow — not just for the time they’re sitting in my office and for the weeks or months after, but for the rest of their lives. This work has that capacity. It is a gift to us all, it would be unfortunate to miss out on it’s possibilities. I urge you to incorporate what you can of it, you will be glad you did. This book left me hopeful for our work, and excited. I give it 5 stars all the way.”
~ Adrienne Hart, LMFT
“I’m really appreciating how accessible the material is, & how well it is laid out. The examples are short and right to your point. Digestible morsels! I’m really grateful to have this book!”
~ Diane H., PhD
“I love your book, by the way — clear, concise, and I’m still digging into it.”
~ Andy Towlen, DC, MSW, RST