By Richard F. Summers MD, Jacques P. Barber PhD ABPP
Presenting a practical, evidence-based method of carrying out psychodynamic remedy, this attractive advisor is firmly grounded in modern medical perform and examine. The ebook displays an openness to new affects on dynamic method, equivalent to cognitive-behavioral remedy and optimistic psychology. It bargains a clean realizing of the commonest difficulties for which sufferers search help—depression, obsessionality, low vainness, worry of abandonment, panic, and trauma—and indicates how you can set up and bring potent psychodynamic interventions. vast case fabric illustrates every one level of treatment, from engagement to termination. designated issues comprise how you can combine person therapy with psychopharmacology and with couple or kin work.
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Additional resources for Psychodynamic Therapy: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice
Our teachers encouraged us with the hopeful words, “it takes experience,” to tell us which technique to use when. It does require experience to coax a therapeutic relationship into existence and support an open-ended free-association process. But we think there are guidelines that define, facilitate, and constrain the process to help trainees to set it in motion. 2, these techniques are articulated below and discussed extensively in the rest of the book. 2. PPP Technique Compared with Traditional Psychodynamic Psychotherapy PPP technique Traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy technique •• Free association allows for emotional exploration, reexperiencing of important feelings, fantasies, and thoughts.
Mental life involves ongoing conflict and compromise formation. Behavior is seen as secondary phenomenon. •• Mental processes—affect, cognition, drives—operate in parallel. •• Affect and drive have primacy; cognition is secondary. •• Behavior is determined by thoughts and feelings and in turn shapes thoughts and feelings. •• Behavior and symptoms are secondary to conflict. •• Traumatic experiences in the past prefigure later perceptions and experience. Traumatic scenarios are repeated. •• Unresolved conflict leads to developmental fixation and repetition of conflict.
The likely synergy (and also tension) with these treatments is just beginning to be studied. An example of this is the data showing that psychotherapy and psychopharmacology may be syner- 20 CONTEXT gistic in moderate to severe depression, but not be more effective than either treatment alone in mild depression (Thase, 1999). Findings like this clarify the role of psychotherapy in general and also, perhaps, of specific psychotherapies in the real naturalistic settings in which they are employed.
Psychodynamic Therapy: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice by Richard F. Summers MD, Jacques P. Barber PhD ABPP