A Psychodynamic Approach to Brief Therapy (Brief Therapies by Gertrud Mander

By Gertrud Mander

Illustrated all through with medical vignettes, this ebook presents a finished, but obtainable, advisor to psychodynamic short counselling and psychotherapy and is perfect for these searching for a transparent and useful advent to the topic, and in the event you are looking to include short or psychodynamic techniques into their present practice.Following a precis of the roots and improvement of psychoanalytic concept, psychodynamic types of short, temporary and time-limited paintings are brought and defined. the writer describes their transformations and similarities by way of length, procedure and the contexts for which they have been constructed. Gertrud Mander then examines the fundamentals of short healing perform from a psychodynamic point of view, beginning with evaluate, contracting, structuring and focusing. The lively stance of the short therapist is emphasised, and the significance of beginnings and endings, and of supervision and coaching, are fairly stressed.The publication additionally considers: the contexts and therapy settings during which short or time-limited counselling and psychotherapy are predominantly practised; how those impression and verify its modalities, length of contracts and results; and moral and learn issues.

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None of these and other wrong reasons are specific to brief psychotherapy. Obviously any therapist who is keen on brief work because of such hidden, self-orientated destructive motives is either in need of psychotherapeutic help or should not be a therapist at all. . Whatever we do we should heed the warning against overtreating the patient. (Foulkes, 1975: 73, cited in Molnos, 1995: 22-3) In her book about the essentials of brief dynamic psychotherapy Molnos outlines a model which elegantly expands the two triangles of Malan into four and describes the usual sequence as follows: 42 A PSYCHODYNAMIC APPROACH TO BRIEF THERAPY The patient comes with his problem.

The corrective emotional experience: Alexander Another important aim of the brief therapy mode was defined by Alexander (Alexander and French, 1946) as the 'corrective ,emotional experience', which results from the difference between the original parental response and the response of the analyst during analysis which provides the patient with an opportunity to correct his distortions. The emotional experience in the transference lends conviction to and is the necessary underpinning of insight. Having thus reached some stability this insight elicits new, more up-to-date and reality-orientated solutions to old conflicts.

These remain mostly dormant, repressed or solved, with one of them becoming activated (or having remained active) and continuously appearing to underlie behaviour in the form of focal conflicts ... which can be identified as variations of the same theme. (quoted from Balint, 1972: 11) HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF BRIEF PSYCHOTHERAPY MODELS 31 In other words, when a patient comes for treatment, s/he usually presents with symptoms which are semi- or preconscious manifestations of this unresolved focal conflict and point the way to what needs to be analysed (in the transference) to free the patient from the nuclear conflict that has been an ongoing developmental obstruction in her/his psyche.

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