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Kronengold, H. (2013). Emotions in Child Psychotherapy: An Integrative Framework, by Kenneth Barish, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2009, 208 pp., $37.99.Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child's Emotions and Solving Family Problems, by Kenneth Barish, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2012, 280 pp., $17.99.. Psychoanal. Psychol., 30(4):686-688.

(2013). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 30(4):686-688

Emotions in Child Psychotherapy: An Integrative Framework, by Kenneth Barish, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2009, 208 pp., $37.99.Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child's Emotions and Solving Family Problems, by Kenneth Barish, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2012, 280 pp., $17.99.

Review by:
Henry Kronengold, Ph.D.

Kenneth Barish offers a memorable vignette in both of his engaging, thought-provoking, and wisdom-filled books, Emotions in Psychotherapy: An Integrative Framework (2009), and Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child's Emotions and Solving Family Problems (2012). He talks about Julia, an acting-out 5-year-old girl who had become embroiled in a familiar cycle of challenging behavior, parental criticism, and familial turmoil. Barish recommended that Julia's parents empathize with her feelings and, in the spirit of collaborative problem solving, allow Julia to express some of her own helpful suggestions. Rather than telling her parents how she should be in charge of the house or get whatever she wanted, Barish relates how this 5-year-old offered the most profound advice, “Tell me there will be a next time.” It is this phrase that captures the essence of Barish's work, expressing the hope for reparation, desire for empathy, and wish for an evolving emotional experience that underlies Barish's view of child therapy and development.

In Emotions in Psychotherapy, Barish speaks to a professional audience, while Pride and Joy serves as its mainstream parenting complement. As the title suggests, Emotions in Psychotherapy focuses on the role of emotion in working with children, emphasizing the importance of helping children learn to tolerate and accept various emotional experiences with an eye toward building a child's greater capacity for emotional regulation and expression.

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