Illustrated throughout with clinical vignettes, this book is a comprehensive guide to psychodynamic brief counselling and psychotherapy. It is ideal for those looking for a practical introduction to the subject.
Following a summary of the roots and development of psychoanalytic theory, psychodynamic models of brief, short-term and time-limited work are described. The author describes their differences and similarities in terms of duration, technique and the contexts for which they were developed. Gertrud Mander then examines the basics of brief therapeutic practice from a psychodynamic perspective, starting with assessment, contracting, structuring and focusing. The active stance of the brief therapist is emphasized, and the importance of beginnings and endings, and of supervision and training, are particularly stressed.
Gertrud Mander works at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, London, as a supervisor, tutor and course organizer, and in private practice as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. She has published numerous articles on psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy.
Introduction and Overview The Psychodynamic Model and Its Development The Historical Development of Brief Therapy Models Assessment and Diagnosis in Brief and Focal Work The Therapist's Task and Role in Brief and Focal Therapy Ending Brief Therapy Case Studies Different Contexts and Treatment Settings for Brief and Focal Work Supervision and Training Post-Therapy Issues Questionnaires, Research, Evaluation Conclusion and Summary