Introduction to Psychotherapy: An outline of psychodynamic principles and practice, Fourth Edition, 4th Edition (e-Book) book cover

Introduction to Psychotherapy

An outline of psychodynamic principles and practice, Fourth Edition

© 2010 – Routledge

328 pages

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This fourth edition of Introduction to Psychotherapy builds on the success of the previous three editions and remains an essential purchase for trainee psychotherapists, psychiatrists and other professionals. It has been revised and extended to capture some of the current themes, controversies and issues relevant to psychotherapy as it is practised today.

Bateman has added new chapters on attachment theory and personality disorder and has developed further the research sections on selection and outcome. His new chapter on further therapies covers a variety of therapeutic movements and establishes links between these and classical psychoanalytical therapies.

Introduction to Psychotherapy is a classic text that has been successfully updated to provide a relevant and essential introduction for anyone interested in psychotherapy.


This new edition of a classic text in the area will be welcomed by students and practitioners seeking a clear and well-balanced introduction to psychotherapy, rooted in clinical work and a wide and deep understanding of psychodynamic principles.

Stephen Frosh, Professor of Psychology and Pro-Vice-Master, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College.

This book has now become a classic text and a ‘must read’ for trainee psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners wishing to gain a broad understanding of psychotherapy principles. The new edition has updated the text in keeping with new developments in this exciting field. It comes highly recommended.

Mark Evans, Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, Gaskell House Psychotherapy Centre, Manchester, UK

Table of Contents

Foreword to the first edition. Foreword to the second edition. Foreword to the third edition. Foreword to the fourth edition. Prologue. PART I: Psychodynamic Principles. Introduction to psychodynamic principles. Historical background to dynamic psychotherapy. The concept of conflict. Unconscious processes. Anxiety and psychic pain. Defence mechanisms. Motivational drives. Developmental phases. Attachment theory. Models of the mind. Therapeutic relationships. Part II: Psychodynamic practice. Introduction to psychodynamic practice. Elements of psychotherapy. Levels of psychotherapy. Psychoanalysis and analytic psychotherapy. Group psychotherapy. Family and couple therapy. Social therapy. Encounter and beyond. Further therapies. Personality Disorder. Selection. Outcome and research. Appendix

About the Originator

Anthony Bateman is a Consultant Psychotherapist at St Ann's Hospital, London. Dennis Brown worked at the Group Analytic Practice in London and at the Institute of Group Analysis in London. Jonathan Pedder was Consultant Psychotherapist at the Maudsley Hospital in London.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General