Introduction to Psychotherapy: An Outline of Psychodynamic Principles and Practice

Introduction to Psychotherapy: An Outline of Psychodynamic Principles and Practice

Introduction to Psychotherapy: An Outline of Psychodynamic Principles and Practice

Introduction to Psychotherapy: An Outline of Psychodynamic Principles and Practice

Synopsis

This fourth edition of Introduction to Psychotherapybuilds on the success of the previous three editions and remains an essential purchase for trainee psychotherapists, psychiatrists and other professionals. It has been revised and extended to capture some of the current themes, controversies and issues relevant to psychotherapy as it is practised today.

Bateman has added new chapters on attachment theory and personality disorder and has developed further the research sections on selection and outcome. His new chapter on further therapies covers a variety of therapeutic movements and establishes links between these and classical psychoanalytical therapies.

Introduction to Psychotherapyis a classic text that has been successfully updated to provide a relevant and essential introduction for anyone interested in psychotherapy.

Excerpt

What is psychotherapy? It is essentially a conversation which involves listening to and talking with those in trouble with the aim of helping them understand and resolve their predicament. Psychotherapeutic conversation can only take place successfully in the context of a trusting relationship. Only then can the process of personal revelation, exploration, understanding, and resolution of problems flourish. An experience of being understood generates an experience of security, which in turn facilitates mental exploration, the primary focus of all psychotherapy.

Mrs A. went to her family doctor complaining of bouts of
tearfulness and acute attacks of panic and anxiety. She con
sidered herself to be happily married and could not account for
her symptoms. Her doctor regarded them as the manifestations
of a depressive illness, that is to say of some physical disease
process of presumed, but as yet undiscovered, biochemical origin.
He prescribed various antidepressants in turn, but these had little
effect; rather Mrs A. began to feel that something dreadful was
happening to her which nobody understood and that perhaps she
was even going mad
.

Are there other ways of trying to understand such problems?

When an alternative point of view of her predicament was sought, the following aspects of her life and its history emerged. Her symptoms had begun when her only child (a daughter) was 6 years old. At that time Mr and Mrs A. had been discussing the possible need for their daughter to go away to a boarding school because of their remote situation in the country. It seemed likely that Mrs A. was far more depressed over this projected separation . . .

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