A Psychodynamic Approach to Brief Therapy (Brief Therapies by Gertrud Mander PDF

By Gertrud Mander

ISBN-10: 0761960066

ISBN-13: 9780761960065

Illustrated all through with scientific vignettes, this e-book presents a complete, but obtainable, advisor to psychodynamic short counselling and psychotherapy and is perfect for these searching for a transparent and useful creation to the topic, and when you are looking to comprise short or psychodynamic methods into their latest practice.Following a precis of the roots and improvement of psychoanalytic concept, psychodynamic types of short, temporary and time-limited paintings are brought and defined. the writer describes their variations and similarities by way of period, approach and the contexts for which they have been constructed. Gertrud Mander then examines the fundamentals of short healing perform from a psychodynamic standpoint, beginning with evaluation, contracting, structuring and focusing. The energetic stance of the short therapist is emphasised, and the significance of beginnings and endings, and of supervision and coaching, are relatively stressed.The e-book additionally considers: the contexts and therapy settings during which short or time-limited counselling and psychotherapy are predominantly practised; how those effect and ascertain its modalities, period of contracts and results; and moral and examine concerns.

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A further distinctive feature of the Balint-Malan model is the use of repeated follow-ups after termination of contract to establish whether the achieved therapeutic changes have been lasting and whether the patient has benefited from the therapy. Follow-ups can be up to four years after termination, sometimes by letter. Malan's research is based on these follow-ups, which showed a success rate of 44 per cent, and proved that the patients continued the process of self-reflection and working through that was started by the thereapy, often over many years, and seemed to have internalized the therapist in a creative way.

The most articulate theoretician of this aspect of brief therapy is James Mann (1973), whose 12-session model exemplifies a philosophy HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF BRIEF PSYCHOTHERAPY MODELS 35 of developmental needs concentrated into beginnings and endings, with issues of attachment, separation and loss the central focus of the clinical work. His clinical experience had convinced him that in conventional psychotherapy therapist and patient come to need each other, and that this dependence, coupled with an illusion of timelessness, undermines the therapeutic effectiveness of open-ended work and should be minimized.

What it boils down to in the end is the patient's ego strength as much as the therapist's determination to challenge the defences. How many patients, one wonders, can really stand up to such a dynamic technique of relentless confrontation and battering? And how many therapists can trust their gut feelings and go into the offensive armed with such a strong belief in the healing power of anger? Neither Molnos nor Davanloo has provided as much research evidence as Malan to vouch for the efficacy of their recommended approach in other, less capable or fearless hands.

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