A Question of Time: Essentials of Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy

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CHAPTER TWO
Brief dynamic psychotherapy

What makes a therapy psychoanalytic?

T his chapter is about brief psychoanalytic or psychodynamic therapy. Before discussing what brief or short-term mean, we have to clarify the nature of the process that we are going to shorten.

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This chapter is based on four talks, two of which I have given within the framework of a one-day seminar organized for a mixed audience of nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, and other health workers at St. James Hospital, Portsmouth, in March 1993. I also delivered two lectures in Hungarian on the same topic, one in Targu Mures, Transylvania, Romania, in March 1994, and the other at the XI National Scientific Conference of the Hungarian Psychological Society, held in Debrecen, Hungary, in April 1994. The talks attempted to condense my thoughts about brief dynamic psychotherapy, which I have explored in many lectures here and abroad since 1983 -- the year the idea of the four triangles (Figure 7, this chapter) came to me.

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