Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Handbook

Editor : Matthias Elzer, Editor : Alf Gerlach

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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Handbook

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : March 2014
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 352
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
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  • Catalogue No : 33114
  • ISBN 13 : 9781780491196
  • ISBN 10 : 1780491190
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This book is an introductory textbook for psychiatrists and psychologists who use psychotherapy in a psychoanalytic attitude in their daily professional work with patients. It was developed from the experiences of German psychoanalysts teaching in China between 1997 and 2010. The idea of a basic textbook was developed in order to facilitate the teaching and learning process.

The basic idea of this book is to give the reader an introductory understanding of the psychoanalytic theory of the human mind, the psychic development, psychic conflicts, trauma, symptom formation, and dreams. Related to these theoretical aspects the book then introduces the fundamentals of psychoanalytic-oriented psychotherapy. The first part of this book deals with important technical aspects of the psychotherapeutic treatment such as the therapeutic relationship, the setting, the diagnosis, and the process of treatment. The second part explores the psychoanalytic understanding of specific clinical disorders, including neuroses and personality.Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Handbook seeks to provide a complete overview from a psychoanalytical point of view of theoretical and clinical aspects of psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

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‘An excellent and well-presented overview of the complex field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, this book starts with a clear and general exposé of the psychoanalytic theory of the human mind and of psychic development from birth to old age. This is developed and enlarged in further chapters through the careful description of the conflicts that are caused by the demands of reality, to which every individual has to adapt. The authors clarify and deepen the meaning and role of trauma, defence mechanisms, symptom-formation, as well as dreams in this crucial process. The central body of the volume describes with examples and real accuracy the complexity of the therapeutic encounter. It invites the reader to consider the clinical understanding of psychoanalytic psychotherapy by examining the role of the relationship between patients and therapists, the expectation and aims of treatment, and the importance of the psychoanalytic psychotherapeutic setting. In the chapter on diagnosis and treatment, some ideas shed particularly interesting light, very much from the German perspective, onto the role of first interviews and the idea of considering the non-verbal aspect of communication in the interview as scenic information. The book ends with two chapters, the first dedicated to psychopathology and psychodynamics of neuroses and the other with psychopathology and psychodynamics of psychosomatic disorders, which give this volume both a welcome quality of scholarship and practical down-to-earth appeal. This lucid, detailed and well-written book is the result of years of teaching and will appeal to all the workers in the therapeutic field and many others interested in psychoanalytic therapy.’
— Anne-Marie Sandler

About the Editor(s)

Matthias Elzer, Prof., MD, is a specialist in psychiatry, psychotherapeutic medicine, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and group analysis, and a supervisor for Balint Groups and psychotherapy. He is a member of the German Psychoanalytic Association (DPV), the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), and vice-president of the Frankfurter Psychoanalytisches Institut (FPI). He is currently professor for social psychiatry, psychotherapy, and counselling at the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda, as well as being a psychoanalyst in private practice in Hofheim am Taunus. He has previously published in the fields of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and health communication.

Alf Gerlach, MD, is an academically qualified sociologist who studied sociology and medicine at the Universities of Saarbruecken and Frankfurt am Main. He has worked at the Department for Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in the University Hospital of Frankfurt, and is currently lecturer for psychoanalytic oriented psychotherapy in the program of the German-Chinese Academy for Psychotherapy. He is a member of the German Psychoanalytic Society and of the International Psychoanalytical Association and a training analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institutes in Mainz and Saarbruecken. He has also been chair of the German Society for Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Depth Psychology (DGPT), and a member of the China Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

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