The need for a concise, comprehensive guide to the main principles and practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy has become pressing as the psychoanalytic movement has expanded and diversified. An introductory text suitable for a wide range of courses, this lively, widely referenced account presents the core features of contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice in an easily assimilated, but thought-provoking manner. Illustrated throughout with clinical examples, it provides an up-to-date source of reference for a wider range of mental health professionals as well as those training in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy or counselling.
Throughout they give a measured, critical appraisal of psychoanalytic thought and practice; both its strengths and weaknesses … I found it an extremely helpful exposition of what analysts now think, why they think it, and what they now do as a result. - British Association of Counselling Practice
This extensively researched and usefully referenced book deserves the place it aspires to as an introductory text. - International Journal of Psycho-analysis
Table of Contents
Part 1: Theory 1. Introduction: History and Controversy 2. Models of the Mind 3. Origins of the Internal World 4. Mechanisms of Defence 5. Transference and Countertransference 6. Dreams, Symbols, Imagination Part II: Practice 7. Assessment 8. The Therapeutic Relationship 9. Clinical Dilemmas 10. Psychoanalytic Contributions to Psychiatry 11. Research in Psychoanalysis.