Integrating the work of Reich, Masterson, and Jung, Whole Therapist, Whole Patient is a step-by-step guidebook for professionals to learn about the psychology of their patients and conduct treatment in a dynamic way. This text combines Reich’s character analyses, Masterson’s work on personality disorders, and Jung’s dream analyses to create a clear typology of character types that therapists can use to understand themselves and their patients. Also included are case management techniques and guidance for working with difficult patients. In addition, readers can turn to the book’s online resources to access a downloadable patient package, case presentation guide, and psychological history form.
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)
Patricia R. Frisch, Ph.D., psychologist, MFT, is an expert in Wilhelm Reich’s theory and techniques, known as Orgonomy. She is founder and Executive Director of The Orgonomic Institute of Northern California (OINC) where she mentors and trains professionals in her own unique therapeutic method and hosts online interactive book discussions and coaching webinars.
A practicing clinician for 30 years, Dr. Frisch can articulate for newly minted and mature therapists patterns of defenses, character typology, and the importance of working with resistance that are critical to the therapeutic process. Understanding these challenges, she has created a groundbreaking method that offers her readers clear direction in practical application.
In her recently released book, Whole Therapist, Whole Patient, Dr. Frisch integrates the work of Wilhelm Reich, James Masterson, and Carl Jung, in a step-by-step guide for professionals to more intimately grasp the psychology of their patients, enabling them to direct treatment in a more dynamic way. As she teaches in her live classes, the text of Dr. Frisch’s book focuses on combining Reichian character analysis, Masterson’s Disorders of the Self, and Jung’s dream analysis. She has created a definitive typology of character types that therapists can use to better understand their patients – and themselves. Whole Therapist, Whole Patient has been described as a way to speak directly to therapists, imparting definitive trail posts to the unwieldy path of psychotherapy.
In addition to teaching live classes, Dr. Frisch has created a comprehensive audio training program, providing Independent Study through long-distance learning and certification options to students worldwide. She authored the Orgonomy chapter of Sage Publications’ (2015) Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy and has published videos for them as well.