Endorsed by Lori Gottlieb, Daniel Pink, Tal Ben-Shahar, and Nancy McWilliams and filled with movie scenes, cinematic clinical examples, references to music, literature, poetry, and art, Therapeutic Improvisation: How to Stop Winging It and Own It as a Therapist is a love-letter to our field and the arts.
"In refreshingly reader friendly prose, with an astonishing breadth of illustrations, he guides therapists to bring our whole selves into play (in several senses) in our clinical work. Alcee is the ultimate integrator, refusing to trap creative fields into departments or compartments. He riffs, likening therapeutic sessions to jazz sessions that honor improvisation in partnership with well honed technique. Whether you are an early career or seasoned clinician this book will enhance your work and refresh your spirit. Cherish it." - Sandra Buechler, Ph.D. Training and Supervising Analyst, the William Alanson White Institute, author of Psychoanalytic Approaches to Problems in Living: Addressing Life’s Challenges in Clinical Practice (Routledge,2019).
Michael Alcée, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in Tarrytown, New York, and mental health educator at Manhattan School of Music. He won the American Psychological Association’s 2019 Schillinger Memorial Prize for his essay on the link between jazz and psychoanalysis.
You can learn more about Dr. Alcée by visiting his website and Psychology Today blog and you can connect with him online via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.