What goes through a psychiatrist's mind as she sits with her patients and listens to them talk? How does she figure out how to help, and how does she deal with hearing about the pain of others all day every day?
In this book, you have a "fly-on-the-wall" chance to learn the answers to these questions, as psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Mary Davis, MD, takes you through a week in her professional life. You hear about her reflections on her patients, about how she uses her training and professional experience to decide how to help them, and about how the work changes her. You learn what goes into the practice of psychotherapy and psychiatry from the viewpoint of a practitioner with decades of experience in the field.
In this user-friendly and yet theoretically sophisticated monograph, Mary Davis offers the reader a glimpse of how in-depth psychotherapy works to help people. Explicating the importance of the clinical setting and the attitude of the healer, as well as of attuned listening and speaking, Davis lays out a therapeutic roadmap that tackles the tangible (e.g. gifts, medications) and the intangible (e.g. boundaries, transferences) issues in the course of our daily work. Her voice is simultaneously personal and universal. Her text impresses us with its authenticity, depth, and humane cadence.
Salman Akhtar, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
An engaging narrative of psychoanalytic intervention, elucidated in the light of the empathic receptivity that makes the talking cure the authentically humane intervention that is Freud's legacy; a uniquely effective measure that has well passed the test of time. Davis, once again, displays her work and the maturity of her craft in its comforting and elegant simplicity and the wealth of her motherly constancy that matches her patiently re-assuring and down to earth style.
--M. Hossein Etezady, MD, Head of Faculty, Tehran Psychoanalytic Institute, Faculty, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
Like automation in manufacturing, manualizing of therapies has become the way of the world, but Mary Davis gives her readers the everyday complexities of each meeting within a single week in her practice, showing the vagaries of both pharmacotherapeutic and psychoanalytic practice. She shows us how the frame of treatment can bend without breaking and how it can be both kind and collaborative without losing its containment function or its moment-to-moment concern for the welfare of the visitors to her office. Psychoanalysis has long been in danger of becoming a collection of competing orthodoxies, but I believe no reader, whatever the theoretical orientation, will leave this work without a new love for the psychoanalytic symphony played out in both analysis-proper and analytically informed therapies: setting and boundaries, transferences and countertransferences, content and structure dancing and melding together into a uniquely psychoanalytic melody.
Howard H. Covitz (Author: Oedipal Paradigms in Collision: a centennial emendation of a piece of Freudian canon ... 1998/2016)
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: My Office, My Practice
Chapter 2: Monday
Chapter 3: Tuesday
Chapter 4: Wednesday
Chapter 5: Thursday
Chapter 6: Friday
Chapter 7: Saturday
Chapter 8: Final Thoughts