This work is an orientation to a craft of great richness and interest. The authors describe the defining elements of the accumulated working knowledge of psychodynamic psychotherapy. It revisits the raw pointedness of old questions: What is psychotherapy? What makes it meaningful? What do I say when a patient asks me how therapy works? How long will it take? How does change happen?
Angelica Kaner, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. She is also a candidate at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Kaner received her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. She has interests in eating concerns and disorders, body image, creativity, and the teaching and supervision of psychotherapy. Ernst Prelinger, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in the private practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy in New Haven, Connecticut. A clinical professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, he is also a member of the faculty at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. His special interests lie in teaching and supervising psychotherapists in training, the study of processes of identity formation and in the theory of aggression. He lives in rural Connecticut.
Chapter 1 Individual Psychological Work Chapter 2 Impediments to Individual Psychological Work Chapter 3 Adaptation Chapter 4 Psychodynamics Chapter 5 Character Chapter 6 The Therapist: Her Personal Experiences and Qualities Chapter 7 Wobbly and Brittle Chapter 8 Early Learning Chapter 9 Later Learrning Chapter 10 The Frame Chapter 11 Setting up a Practice Chapter 12 The Patient Chapter 13 First Encounters Chapter 14 The Therapeutic Match Chapter 15 The Therapeutic Understanding Chapter 16 The First Therapy Session: Setting a Tone Chapter 17 The First and Only Hour Chapter 18 The Initial Version Chapter 19 The Therapeutic Formulation and Agenda Chapter 20 Widening the Conversation Chapter 21 Resistance and Anxiety Chapter 22 A Frequent Clinical Situation Chapter 23 Transference Chapter 24 Countertransference Chapter 25 Clinical Neutrality Chapter 26 The Therapeutic Alliance Chapter 27 What Does the Therapist Actually Do? Chapter 28 Listening Chapter 29 Beginning and Ending Sessions Chapter 30 Making Comments Chapter 31 Being Silent Chapter 32 Interpretations Chapter 33 Working Through Chapter 34 Termination Chapter 35 Active Elements in Productive Psychotherapeutic Work