No offense intended to any of my other esteemed colleagues (or to myself for that matter), but were I to be alone on a desert island with only one book, this is the book that I would want to have--and I would read and reread it many times over, each time gleaning something new and inspirational.

Martha Stark, MD, faculty, Harvard Medical School

 

UNCOVERING THE RESILIENT CORE

Uncovering the Resilient Core provides a comprehensive and inclusive methodology that guides the therapist into the nuances and complexities of the therapeutic relationship throughout the entire course of treatment. 


With its psychodynamic/relational orientation, this Workbook is unique in that it begins with character pathology in its widest spectrum and moves in depth to understanding and treating corrosive shame, dissociation, trauma and narcissism, including narcissism’s many hidden cultural and dynamic manifestations. The applied nature of this text draws from a wide variety of case examples as well as progressive therapeutic techniques designed to help deepen therapeutic listening skills. 

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Martha Stark, MD

Faculty, Harvard Medical School

Co-Director, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies

Author, Award-winning Modes of Therapeutic Action and 5 other books on psychoanalytic theory and practice

Danielian and Gianotti have done it again! – yet another magnificent volume that seamlessly integrates theory and practice as it addresses both the science and the art of an in-depth psychotherapeutic process. Exquisitely penned by two master clinicians, this second opus is an elegant and sophisticated Workbook that explores, in great detail, both the nuances and the complexities of the moment-to-moment encounter between patient and therapist. Culled from their decades of immersion in the study, the practice, and the teaching of a psychotherapeutic approach that is a synergistic blend of elements that are at once self psychological, existential, humanistic, empathic, present-focused, relational, attachment-based, systemic, Horneyian, and spiritual, at the end of the day the paradigm they espouse – exemplified by their Four Quadrant Model – can probably best be described as either “Danottian” or “Gianelian.”


But however we might describe their theoretical stance, what shines through on every page of this brilliantly conceived and beautifully orchestrated manual is their non-pathologizing optimism and profound belief in the patient’s innate resilience and capacity to self-repair. Against a therapeutic backdrop of reliability, attunement, and profound respect, patient and therapist work at their intimate edge to help the patient relinquish self-sabotaging but once adaptive narcissistic defenses mobilized to compensate for feelings of vulnerability and shame; heal the psychic split between the defensively dissociated parts of the patient’s character structure and the parts that are more spontaneous, heartfelt, and healthy; emancipate the patient’s resilient core; and facilitate the emergence of an integrated, consolidated, authentic self.


No offense intended to any of my other esteemed colleagues (or to myself for that matter), but were I to be alone on a desert island with only one book, this is the book that I would want to have – and I would read and reread it many times over, each time gleaning something new and inspirational. Quite frankly, I wish I had written this extraordinary book. It is so beautifully and sensitively written and explores with such finesse all the fine points and subtleties of the therapeutic relationship that it should be required reading for therapists of all levels. And the material is so rich and layered that I found myself wanting to peruse only a few pages at a time so that I could process and integrate the wealth of information contained on each page and savor every pearl of wisdom contained therein.


This lovingly and generously crafted masterpiece is a tome that I will long cherish. But I will not keep it on my bookshelf; I will want it in plain sight on my desk by my side – to guide me and to inspire me.