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Acknowledgments Foreword Part I: Reich's Influence Introduction 1. History of Wilhelm Reich 2. Why Reich's Model Makes Sense Part II: Character Analysis 3. Character Armor 4. The Origins of Character Types: Changing Sexual Norms 5. Introduction to Character Types Part III: Expanding Reich's Diagnostic Typology 6. Integration of Masterson's Disorder of the Self Diagnoses 7. Masterson's Pre-oedipal Personality Disorders Part IV: Therapeutic Guidelines 8. Create the Frame 9. The Therapeutic Relationship 10. The Therapist's Reactions Part V: Therapeutic Basics 11. The Therapist Tool Chest 12. Challenging Junctures and Difficult Patient Interludes 13. The Business of Therapy Part VI: Psyche to Soma 14. Mind Meets Body 15. Conclusion

Online Chapters: 16. Progression into Trauma 17. Dream Analysis and Individuation Appendices

Bibliography Index

About the Author

Patricia R. Frisch, PhD, MFT, is a licensed psychologist, as well as founder and executive director of the Orgonomic Institute of Northern California (OINC), where she mentors, supervises, and trains professionals in character analysis, somatic interventions, and diagnostic typologies. She authored a chapter in Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy (SAGE Publications, 2015). Dr. Frisch also maintains an active private practice in Mill Valley, California.


"Whole Therapist, Whole Patient is a great integrative clinical work that lives up to its holistic promise. Dr. Frisch creatively updates and builds on the solid foundation of Reich's seminal theory of character formation. The generous provision of client case material fleshes out the concepts in this model of clinical-theory writing. An excellent integration of Reich, Masterson, and Jung with interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory, this work will help the contemporary clinical discussion of whole person models of psychotherapy."
Mark Ludwig, LCSW, somatic psychotherapist and university lecturer in somatic psychology

"Drawing from and expanding upon Wilhelm Reich's integrated character and somatic approach to psychotherapy, Dr. Patricia Frisch offers her readers a clear and often-needed direction in the nuts and bolts of how to engage clients in the process of psychotherapy and work through the complex patterns of character defenses and resistances that can interfere with therapeutic success. This text is accessible and valuable to both beginners in the field as well as experienced clinicians."
Daniel Schiff, PhD, psychologist in private practice, adjunct faculty at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling

"In bringing together three of the most significant theorists of modern psychology-Wilhelm Reich, James Masterson, and Carl Jung-Patricia Frisch has developed distinct ways of championing the revitalization of Reichian theory and practice toward a masterful blend in which the body remains at the center of the work. Whole Therapist, Whole Patient is a must read, both for senior practitioners who will be guided to develop their own work to the next level of sophistication as well as for graduate students who will learn grounded theory and practice toward the integration of soma and psyche."
Melissa Schwartz, PhD, vice president of academic affairs, Meridian University

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