New PDF release: A Psychodynamic Approach to Brief Therapy (Brief Therapies

By Gertrud Mander

ISBN-10: 0761960066

ISBN-13: 9780761960065

Illustrated all through with scientific vignettes, this ebook offers a accomplished, but available, advisor to psychodynamic short counselling and psychotherapy and is perfect for these searching for a transparent and useful creation to the topic, and in case you are looking to contain short or psychodynamic methods into their latest practice.Following a precis of the roots and improvement of psychoanalytic concept, psychodynamic versions of short, temporary and time-limited paintings are brought and defined. the writer describes their ameliorations and similarities when it comes to length, process and the contexts for which they have been built. Gertrud Mander then examines the fundamentals of short healing perform from a psychodynamic point of view, beginning with evaluate, contracting, structuring and focusing. The lively stance of the short therapist is emphasised, and the significance of beginnings and endings, and of supervision and coaching, are relatively stressed.The booklet additionally considers: the contexts and remedy settings during which short or time-limited counselling and psychotherapy are predominantly practised; how those impact and be certain its modalities, length of contracts and results; and moral and study issues.

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While this sets the tone for treatment, the definiteness of the termination date provides the shape. The patient is asked to agree with the treatment plan. 36 A PSYCHODYNAMIC APPROACH TO BRIEF THERAPY The first treatment phase is used to allow the patient to return to an earlier phase of development where the sense of timelessness was prevalent. The patient re-experiences the 'golden glow' of childhood omnipotence, setting the stage for the first conflict with the therapist, who brings the patient back to the central issue and hence confronts him/her with reality.

Flegenheimer, 1982: 106) Sometimes the conflict is interpreted in the transference first, in the belief that the transference-parent links are the most important factors in successful therapy. Dreams and fantasies are not analysed as fully as they would be in long-term treatment. The therapist needs to be neither unduly confronting, nor need slhe shrink from deep interpretations, as long as these are kept to a minimum. The main qualitative differences between brief and long-term psychotherapy are in the limitation of the patient's regression, in the careful avoidance of dependence, and in the virtual elimination of the working-through phase of treatment.

Malan's most gifted pupil, the Hungarian Angela Molnos, followed up his brief work a generation later with a spirited defence of the timelimited method, which rests on the blunt statement that 'psychotherapy should be as short as possible and as long as the patient really needs it' (1995: 23). Molnos consolidated some of Malan's teaching and took it further by stating her belief 'that to the extent that analytic psychotherapies offer a space within which the timelessness of childhood - which coincides with the timelessness of the unconscious - can be reexperienced, they also awaken powerful resistances against its disruptions' (1995: 18).

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