Psychodynamic Therapy : A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-02
  • Publisher: INGRAM

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Presenting a pragmatic, evidence-based approach to conducting psychodynamic therapy, this engaging guide is firmly grounded in contemporary clinical practice and research. The book reflects an openness to new influences on dynamic technique, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and positive psychology. It offers a fresh understanding of the most common problems for which patients seek help, depression, obsessionality, low self-esteem, fear of abandonment, panic, and trauma, and shows how to organize and deliver effective psychodynamic interventions. Extensive case material illustrates each stage of therapy, from engagement to termination. Special topics include ways to integrate individual treatment with psychopharmacology and with couple or family work.

Author Biography

Richard F. Summers, MD, is Clinical Associate Professor and Co-Director of Residency Training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and a faculty member of the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Summers's clinical interests focus on combined psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, and adult life cycle development. His research interests include the contemporary revision of the theory and technique of psychodynamic psychotherapy, new approaches to psychotherapy training and education, comprehensive psychodynamic formulation, and positive psychology. Dr. Summers is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including awards from the University of Pennsylvania, the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. He has been named a "Top Doc" by Philadelphia magazine and is President-Elect of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training.


Jacques P. Barber, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Associate Director of the Center for Psychotherapy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and Foreign Adjunct Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He was recently president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Dr. Barber conducts research on the outcome and process of dynamic and cognitive therapies for depression, panic disorder, substance dependence, and personality disorders. He is currently conducting a National Institute of Mental Health-funded randomized clinical trial of dynamic therapy versus cognitive-behavioral therapy for panic disorder. Dr. Barber has written extensively on the impact of the therapeutic alliance and of therapists' use of theoretically relevant interventions on the outcome of therapy.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Why Dynamic Psychotherapy?p. 7
Pragmatic Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Conceptual Model and Techniquesp. 23
The Other Psychotherapiesp. 48
Opening Phase
The Therapeutic Alliance: Goal, Task, and Bondp. 71
Core Psychodynamic Problems, Part Ip. 90
Core Psychodynamic Problems, Part IIp. 122
Psychodynamic Formulationp. 159
Defining a Focus and Setting Goalsp. 176
Middle Phase
The Narrative: Building a Personal Storyp. 197
Changep. 215
Moments in Psychotherapyp. 236
Therapist Strengths, Or Managing Your Countertransferencep. 249
Combining Treatments
Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapyp. 265
The Patient Is Part of a Familyp. 291
Goals and Terminationp. 311
Referencesp. 331
Indexp. 349
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