This practical and scholarly new text presents a comprehensive review and evaluation of the theory, research, and practice of psychodynamically oriented brief psychotherapy. It offers in-depth discussions of the major clinical and theoretical approaches, as well as examinations of other special topics in the application of brief therapy. Locating the brief psychodynamic therapies within larger contexts, Stanley B. Messer and C. Seth Warren illuminate the impact of psychoanalytic ideas and theories--as well as cultural, historical, and intellectual trends--on each approach.
Table of Contents
1. The Advent of Brief Psychodynamic Therapy
II. Basic Models of Brief Psychodynamic Therapy
2. The Drive/Structural Model: Malan, Davanloo, and Sifneos
3. The Relational Model: Luborsky, Horowitz, Weiss and Sampson, and Strupp and Binder
III. Integrative and Eclectic Models of Brief Psychodynamic Therapy
4. An Integrative Psychoanalytic Model: Mann
5. Eclectic Approaches: Garfield, Bellak, and Gustafson
IV. Special Topics in Brief Psychodynamic Therapy
6. Assessing and Treating the Difficult Patient
7. Treating Children, Adolescents, and the Elderly: A Lifespan Developmental Approach
"This book will be educational and informative to both experienced clinicians and those with little or no prior clinical experience. The sections on techniques and those on learning and teaching brief therapies give the reader an inside look not only into the brief dynamic therapist's office but also into the training needed to be effective there...It will be of immense value for those who wish to learn to conduct brief psychodynamic therapy and those who wish to teach it."
"Thoughtful and clearly written....The authors explore a wide range of therapies from a conceptual framework, allowing for comparison and critical evaluation of each approach. Their conceptual scheme and integration of theory, practice, and research offers depth of understanding beyond the typical surveys of psychotherapy. Both psychotherapy students and experienced clinicians will find it an outstanding reference."
"This book is a major achievement. It is comprehensive, well organized, and a remarkable combination of sophistication and clarity. It is not only an outstanding guide to brief therapy from a psychodynamic point of view but an excellent presentation of contemporary perspectives in psychoanalytic thought in general."
-Paul L. Wachtel, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, City University of New York
"In the burgeoning literature of short-term psychotherapy this volume emerges as a jewel. It includes some of the most incisive and sophisticated discussions of different approaches to time- limited psychotherapy from a psychodynamic perspective and realistically appraises their promise as well as their limitations. The authors are thoroughly versed in clinical theory, research, and practice which inform their writing throughout. Their exposition and clinical examples are lucid and a pleasure to read. I have rarely seen a more sympathetic yet sober assessment of what can be done for the ‘difficult' patient. The book should become required reading for any therapist, patient, and policymaker who tries to chart a course of realism and sanity in this confused and troubled field."
-Hans H. Strupp, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University
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