The Neuropsychodynamic Treatment of Self-Deficits: Searching for Complementarity

Author(s) : Joseph Palombo

The Neuropsychodynamic Treatment of Self-Deficits: Searching for Complementarity

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2017
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 280
  • Category :
    Neuroscience
  • Category 2 :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 40008
  • ISBN 13 : 9781138229150
  • ISBN 10 : 1138229156
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The Neuropsychodynamic Treatment of Self-Deficits examines how to work psychoanalytically with patients to address the problems that result from neuropsychological impairments, exploring the latest advances in understanding and treatment, whilst also addressing the concerns that clinicians may have in providing treatment. Patients with disorders such as ADHD, dyslexia, and executive function disorders can often feel shame, and develop defences as a result of their disorders. These defences can then become over-generalized and lead to future dysfunctional feelings, thoughts and behaviours. For therapists, the challenge is to find ways of responding to such patients and to help them deal with their issues at the level of the multiple domains of self-experience, rather than at the single level of their intrapsychic dynamics.

This book proposes a new neuropsychodynamic perspective that is bound together by a metatheory, deriving from dynamic systems theory. Joseph Palombo breaks new grounds in his consistent application of non-linear dynamic systems theory and a levels-of-analysis perspective. The framework suggested conceives of the therapeutic process as a collaborative effort in which each member of the dyad makes a unique contribution to the process. Change agents that permit patients to benefit for therapeutic interventions include: the relationship between patient and therapist, the understanding that emerges from the identification of the self-deficits, and the proactive engagement of patients' sense of agency. The great advantage of Palombo's framework is that it permits the integration of a broad set of domains of experience that include the neuropsychological, the introspective, and the interpersonal.

This book will allow the reader to become familiar with the types of patients that have neuropsychological deficits, providing an understanding of the psychodynamics of these conditions and enabling better preparedness to address psychological needs. Importantly, Palombo also makes the underlying case that understanding of brain function is critical to any assistance such patients may need. Covering work with children, adolescents and adults, The Neuropsychodynamic Treatment of Self-Deficits is the first book to offer a guide to understanding and working with patients with a range of neuropsychological disorders from a broadly psychoanalytic perspective. It will appeal to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and clinical psychologists, as well as clinical social workers, family therapists and mental health nurses.

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