Principles of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Manual for Supportive-Expressive Treatment

Principles of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Manual for Supportive-Expressive Treatment

Principles of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Manual for Supportive-Expressive Treatment

Principles of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Manual for Supportive-Expressive Treatment

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For many years this introduction to the principles of psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy was primarily used in the training of psychotherapists at the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Psychiatry. Then, less than a decade ago a small revolution in psychotherapy research style demanded that an official "manual" be devised for each psychotherapy so that methods and theories could effectively be implemented and compared. The manual from which this book is derived was one of the first such manuals. The theories, techniques, and clinical strategies presented here are based on years of clinical research. The result is a carefully tested guide to the practice of psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy for practitioners, researchers, and supervisors.

My aim has been to assemble in a manual format the most representative and commonly used techniques in the practice of psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy. Since there are so many accounts of this kind of psychotherapy, it is important to describe for the reader how this particular version came about and what is special about both the therapy and its manual in comparison with other therapies and their manuals.

The foundations of the manual rest heavily on my learning experiences with classical psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy during 13 years at the Menninger Foundation (1947-59). There, classical psychoanalysis and the Menninger Foundation's supportive-expressive psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy were the two most practiced psy-

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