Empowering Dialogues Within: A Workbook for Helping Professionals and Their Clients.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Pub Date: 03/22/2009
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Spring, 2009 Source Volume: 12 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: Empowering Dialogues Within: A Workbook for Helping Professionals and Their Clients (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Cohen-Posey, Kate
Accession Number: 218027823
Full Text: Empowering Dialogues Within: A Workbook for Helping Professionals and Their Clients

By Kate Cohen-Posey


Deep within every person is a Self that can think about thought processes, make mindful observations, ask questions, and understand motives. Yet, the wisdom of this power can be masked by extreme messages from personality parts. Empowering Dialogues Within shows how to strengthen the Self through dialogue with sub-vocal voices that evoke inner calm. Extraordinary therapy, tools are offered and effortless self-talk is taught that can be used with both children and adults. The best of cognitive, ego-state, EMDR, and other brief therapies are combined with mindfulness and exciting, emerging approaches. Murray Bowen's systems theories are imported into the internal "Community of Self." The result is a broad-based method that builds on therapists' existing skills.

Chapters include discovering the true Self, exercises for empowering the Self, identifying personality parts, exercises for identifying inner parts, and engaging personality parts with dialogue, among others. The book also offers several vignettes that complement the informational sections, making it an enjoyable method of study to improve upon therapy skills.

The book begins with an overview of the idea of mind and spirit and how psychotherapy is involved in the treatment of each. Incorporating a unique mix of Freud and Jung with the idea of CEOs as the Higher Self, Cohen-Posey finds a one of a kind way to meld the old with the modern. Above all, she stresses the need for discovery of inner identities. The foundation of her work involves understanding the mystery of how people become freer in spirit and more in tune with themselves. Readers unfamiliar with her terminology are encouraged to make use of her glossary in the back of the book.

Empowering Dialogues Within is ideal for any mental health professional looking to create favorable outcomes with clients in new and different ways. Individuals looking to add another facet to their skill set will find this a fascinating resource. It will provide a foundation for the client and therapist alike to begin the journey to strength and confidence.

Kate Cohen-Posey is Director of Psychiatric & Psychological Services in Lakeland, Florida. She is a member of the American Psychotherapy Association and presented at the 2008 National Conference in San Diego, California. A dynamic presenter, she has a passion for teaching professionals a method that helps people find their way out of mental anguish by going deeper inside.
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