Working from the Heart

Working from the Heart : A Therapist's Guide to Heart-Centered Psychotherapy

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Working from the Heart advocates for a deeper understanding that the therapist's expressions of non-sexual, non-romantic love are a core ingredient in effective psychotherapy. From a heart-centered perspective it provides therapists with ways of helping their patients forgive themselves, remove their blocks to receiving love, and engaging the realms of their emotional hearts and Higher Self in order to solve complex life dilemmas.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 182 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0765707969
  • 9780765707963
  • 2,227,482

About William P. Ryan

William P. Ryan, PhD, has been a psychotherapist in private practice for more than thirty-five years. He has taught college at both undergraduate and graduate levels and been a consultant in drug prevention, agencies for children, and law enforcement. Read more about Dr. Ryan and the book at
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When Freud said love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness, Bill Ryan may have been the only therapist listening. In this soulful book, Ryan puts the relationship between therapist and client back where it belongs at the heart of the treatment process. Working From The Heart is more than a book about therapy. It is a story about what it means to be human. -- Jonathan Diamond, PhD, author of Narrative Means to Sober Ends and Fatherless Sons: Healing The Legacy of Loss Bill Ryan writes with the eye of an artist and the heart of a healer. He is one of those wise and warm souls who seems to have brought out the best in those with whom he worked, and who drew upon the best to hone his craft. What I liked most about Working from the Heart, is that it articulates a vision that is in desperate need of revitalization today-this vision emphasizes heart, perspicacity, and depth. -- Kirk J. Schneider, PhD, author of Awakening to Awe and Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy Understanding how Ryan integrates technical training into a human encounter would be illuminating...This provocative book makes you think about the frontiers of our field, and it belongs in the library of anyone who practices psychotherapy. PsycCRITIQUES
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Dedication Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Chapter One: Wisdom of the Heart Chapter 4 Chapter Two: Self-Forgiveness Chapter 5 Chapter Three: Uprooting the Implants Chapter 6 Chapter Four: The Council Chapter 7 Chapter Five: Touch Chapter 8 Chapter Six: Men Chapter 9 Chapter Seven: Love Blocks Chapter 10 Chapter Eight: Small Heart, Big Heart Chapter 11 Chapter Nine: Sanctuary Chapter 12 Chapter Ten: Recharging Chapter 13 Chapter Eleven: Anam Cara
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