Introducing Contemporary Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy: The Art and Science of the Unconscious

Author(s) : Alistair Ross

Introducing Contemporary Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy: The Art and Science of the Unconscious

Book Details

  • Publisher : Open University Press
  • Published : June 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
  • Category :
  • Category 2 :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 94597
  • ISBN 13 : 9780335226825
  • ISBN 10 : 9780335226

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Over the last 30 years, important new theoretical ideas, skills and clinical practices have emerged in counselling and psychotherapy. While key Freudian concepts like transference, counter-transference and the influence of the past on the present remain vital to psychodynamic work, research drawn from infant development, neuroscience, the role of the sacred, and intersubjective approaches to relationships has changed the way therapists understand and work with clients. Either in its own right or as part of an integrative approach, psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy have an important role to play in developments to come.

The book’s features include:

• A re-discovery of the importance and relevance of Freud for present-day therapeutic relationships.

• An encounter with the breadth and depth of our understanding about, and experience of, the unconscious.

• An introduction to research that has evolved after Freud, revealing new ways of applying his ideas.

• A contemporary perspective on traditional counselling and psychotherapy skills, illustrated by vignettes and personal insights from Alistair Ross’s professional practice.

• An encouragement to develop new skills for relating at depth with our clients’ past, present and future, motivated by revealing how life-changing therapy can be.

This book is a must-read for trainee and practising (psychodynamic or integrative) therapists who want an overview of new thinking and practice or might benefit from greater insight into psychodynamic practice, applying Freud’s theoretical world to improving the lives of real people today.

About the Author(s)

Alistair Ross trains students as psychodynamic therapists, therefore practicing what he preaches. His long-standing interest in Freud and psychoanalysis finds expression in his ever-growing book collection, research, and publications. It has culminated in him becoming the first Associate Professor in Psychotherapy at the University of Oxford.

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