This book describes an encompassing modeling approach to psychotherapy, created with the most recent research in the field. Therapeutic interventions are staged within a therapist-client relationship ('alliance'), and become effective by the interplay of deterministic ('causation') and stochastic ('chance') forces. The authors use a Fokker-Planck approach complimented by a structural-mathematical framework from complexity theory.
Chapters present statistical tools, which can be applied to analyze the differing time series that depict therapeutic processes. Chapters include examples of how to use these tools within research. The approach adopted in the book – contemporary psychotherapy terminology combined with a systems-theoretical model and algorithms for quantitative psychotherapy research – has the potential to become the new benchmark in psychotherapy.
The Process of Psychotherapy is an informative and sophisticated resource for all levels of students, from undergraduate though post-doctoral studies, in the fields of psychology, cognitive psychology, and psychotherapy.
• Provides a complete overview of the current state of psychotherapy research
• Offers state-of-the-art statistical tools that can be used to measure datasets and time series in psychotherapy processes
• Explores the differences between deterministic and stochastic forces