A Psychodynamic Approach to Brief Therapy

Author(s) : Gertrud Mander

A Psychodynamic Approach to Brief Therapy

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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, both trainees and practitioners. 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. She 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.

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Gertrud Mander originally worked as a journalist and translator, before retraining as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation in London, where she was as a supervisor and trainer of supervisors for twenty three years. She has published widely in the field, mostly in the British Journal of Psychotherapy, where she is a member of the Editorial Board, and the book 'A Psychodynamic Approach to Brief Therapy'. This book is a collection of essays written over two decades and reflects her wide interests in the field of psychotherapy and counselling.

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