Is it possible to effect deep, lasting, meaningful psychological change in a short period of time? Can the effects of early childhood traumas—traumas that may have seemed small at the time but that have affected personality development—be overcome in short-term therapy? Here, leaders in the field of short-term therapy present a definitive statement on state-of-the-art intensive dynamic short-term psychotherapy.
While they have approached these questions from different perspectives, the renowned practitioners in this book note points of contact and overlap among their ideas about the underlying causes of depression, maladjustment, marital discord, character pathology, and posttraumatic stress disorders. Each outlines the precise methods he or she uses with patients to create emotional growth and reintegration, illustrating these with cases and transcripts. Their methods can be proven scientifically valid, taught to others, and reliably reproduced by effectively trained psychotherapists with a wide variety of patients.
Readers will find variations on the theme of short-term therapy for long-term change. Habib Davanloo was a colleague of Malan’s and has influenced Neborsky, Alpert, and McCullough. While Neborsky has devoted himself to refining and presenting clearly Davanloo’s theory and method, Alpert has developed a method of accelerated empathic treatment and McCullough has designed an anxiety-regulating therapy that is the subject of several research studies. Solomon has applied dynamic theories to treatment of intimate relationships. Shapiro, using EMDR, approaches Big-T and small-t traumas in what seems initially a quite different way but is shown ultimately to have many similarities to short-term dynamic psychotherapy.
With this basis in research and clinical practice, the theories and methods presented here have the potential to revolutionize psychodynamic psychotherapy.
'A growing body of clinical and experimental work now indicates that affective experience and affect regulation, at both subjective and physiological levels, are essential components of effective psychotherapy. In this volume, a diverse group of clinicians prominent in the field of short-term therapy address the question, Can treatment be both abbreviated and more efficient by an intense focus on affect? These clinical models, which incorporate current advances in affect, attachment, and trauma theory, represent contributions not just to improved technique, but also to a deeper understanding of the change process.'
§ Allan N. Schore, Ph.D.Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral SciencesUCLA School of Medicine
'Imagine the wisdom of some of the world’s best thinkers and practioners of short-term dynamic psychotherapy bound between the covers of one book. The authors of Short-Term Therapy for Long-Term Change have consolidated decades of their experiences with innovative, often empirically proven, therapeutic techniques that help people break the chains of rigid character, defense, and posttraumatic adaptation. While these practical tools for effectively helping the mind develop stand on their own merits, they are also compatible with our modern thinking from the independent fields of cognitive neuroscience, human development, interpersonal communication, and complex systems. This easily accessible encyclopedia of therapeutic efficacy offers the student and the experienced clinician more than a summary of effective methods; it is a highly readable articulation of the art and science of human change processes. No psychotherapist, of any background, should be without the powerful insights offered to us in this book.'
§ Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
About the Authors:
Marion F. Solomon, Ph.D., is Director of Clinical Training for the Lifespan Learning Institute and coordinator of continuing education seminars, Department of Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences, UCLA Extension, Los Angeles.
Robert J. Neborsky, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine.
Leigh McCullough, Ph.D., is Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Short-term Psychotherapy Research Program at Harvard Medical School.
Michael Alpert, M.D., M.P.H., is the Director of the STDP Institute of New York and New Jersey and Medical Director of the St. Clare’s Hospital Behavioral Health Service.
Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., the originator and developer of EMDR, is a senior research fellow at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA.
David Malan participated in Michael Balint’s original team investigating brief psychotherapy and collaborated for many years with Habib Davanloo.