7-2 | Awakening Clinical Intuition: An Experiential Workbook for Psychotherapists

Book Review

Awakening Clinical Intuition: An Experiential Workbook for Psychotherapists

Terry Marks-Tarlow
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2014. References, index, images, recordings. 213 pp. $32.95 cloth. ISBN: 9780393708684

by Victoria Stevens

First Paragraph:

We live in an age when psychotherapeutic treatment emphasizes quick diagnoses based on more or less standard categories of left-brain dominant cognitive understanding and verbal interaction. However, there is mounting evidence from developmental interpersonal neurobiology that this approach must be balanced with empathic resonance attunement at a nonverbal level for the facilitation of healing and deep therapeutic change. This evidence suggests “clinical intuition”—or the right-brain, fully-embodied mode of perceiving, relating, and responding to the ongoing flows and changing dynamics of psychotherapy—is an essential skill that enables a clinician to track and connect with his or her patients at an emotional and sensory level. Yet, because intuition is inherently subjective and unquantifiable, few have considered it a skill that can be taught or developed systematically.