By Gertrud Mander
Illustrated all through with scientific vignettes, this ebook presents a finished, but available, consultant to psychodynamic short counselling and psychotherapy and is perfect for these trying to find a transparent and sensible creation to the topic, and should you are looking to comprise short or psychodynamic methods into their present practice.Following a precis of the roots and improvement of psychoanalytic concept, psychodynamic types of short, momentary and time-limited paintings are brought and defined. the writer describes their ameliorations and similarities when it comes to length, method and the contexts for which they have been built. Gertrud Mander then examines the fundamentals of short healing perform from a psychodynamic viewpoint, beginning with overview, contracting, structuring and focusing. The lively stance of the short therapist is emphasised, and the significance of beginnings and endings, and of supervision and coaching, are relatively stressed.The ebook additionally considers: the contexts and remedy settings during which short or time-limited counselling and psychotherapy are predominantly practised; how those impression and confirm its modalities, period of contracts and results; and moral and learn issues.
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Most of the factors operating in long-term psychotherapy are present in the brief therapy situation: the patient-therapist relationship, the opportunity for abreaction, the opportunity for insight, and the use of dreams, fantasies, associations and the manifestations of the transference. The striking difference in technique is a rapid back-and-forth movement between patient and therapist, with both participating actively in an equal interaction which is the norm of human communication and does not have to be learnt, as does the long-term therapy method of communication, by free association and interpretation.
No matter how he presents it, while we explore it, we soon find out that the core of the problem is some disturbance in his relationships with others. As we take his history we look for patterns, and we discover similar patterns in his past. Finally, sooner or later we see the same pattern appearing in the here-and-now. Knowingly or not, when we take the patient's history we are looking for patterns, and by doing so we are using the four triangles: the conflict now, out there; the problem in the past, there and then, and, finally, the problem here-and-now.
They soon realize, however, that the reliving of painful experience and emotion, the revisiting of buried traumata, the return of forgotten and repressed distress, is inevitable and a necessary part of the therapeutic endeavour, as the previous avoidance of these is the very cause of the troubling problem, and they learn to accept that they will have to go through fire in order to come into life. The unconscious fear of loss of control, because of a strong regressive pull to the source of pain ('the point of maximum pain', Hinshelwood, 1991), is a pervasive symptom in anxious novices to the process, but this changes markedly with the experience of sustained therapeutic attention, of being patiently listened to, reliably supported, constantly mirrored, trusted and understood.
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