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A Psychodynamic Approach to Brief Therapy

A Psychodynamic Approach to Brief Therapy

First Edition

January 2000 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Illustrated throughout with clinical vignettes, this book is a comprehensive guide to psychodynamic brief counselling and psychotherapy. It is ideal for those looking for a practical introduction to the subject.

Following a summary of the roots and development of psychoanalytic theory, psychodynamic models of brief, short-term and time-limited work are described. The author describes their differences and similarities in terms of duration, technique and the contexts for which they were developed. Gertrud Mander then examines the basics of brief therapeutic practice from a psychodynamic perspective, starting with assessment, contracting, structuring and focusing. The active stance of the brief therapist is emphasized, and the importance of beginnings and endings, and of supervision and training, are particularly stressed.

Introduction and Overview
The Psychodynamic Model and Its Development
The Historical Development of Brief Therapy Models
Assessment and Diagnosis in Brief and Focal Work
The Therapist's Task and Role in Brief and Focal Therapy
Ending Brief Therapy
Case Studies
Different Contexts and Treatment Settings for Brief and Focal Work
Supervision and Training
Post-Therapy Issues
Questionnaires, Research, Evaluation

Conclusion and Summary

This is a real useful book for trainees wishing to learn more about the practice of short term therapy as well as practitioners wanting to improve their practice in short term therapy. It provides good descriptions of time-limited models including techniques for working in brief therapy and emphasis of the importance of endings in brief work.

Mrs Ana Paula Wellbrook
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
January 14, 2020

A very good primer for those seeking to learn more about psychodynamic techniques in coaching, however not suitable for my specific course.

Mr Antonio Pangallo
Department of Psychology, City University
April 23, 2013

This is a very thorough text in that it discusses the context of it's subject very literally, but in terms of what is required for the course here, it is too specific

Mr Armin Luthi
Health and Social care sciences, Saint Georges
November 25, 2011

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