In this book, the author succeeds in showing short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy to be an authentic and accepted method of therapy. She roots the concept in tradition and also introduces the reader to the relevant contemporary literature. In examining several cases in detail she draws out the key principles involved to present these in a clear and concise manner and demonstrates aspects of the method in practice. This book is both an excellent introduction and in depth exposition so it is highly relevant to the experienced practitioner or student. It will appeal to people both lay and professional who have an interest in an approach to therapy that is condensed but not diluted.'This book concentrates on short term psychodynamic psychotherapy. It aims to discover and analyse the key principles involved. It also aims to enrich the understanding of an approach to therapy that is already of benefit to many in our community, but that could reach very many others if it were better known and understood.'- From the Introduction.
Introduction , Why this book? A personal and contextual perspective , Setting the parameters , Theoretical framework and methodology , Findings from the initial cycles of analysis , Analysis of the emergent key themes: Findings from in-depth cycle of analysis , Summary of the findings from the in-depth analysis of the key themes and provisional conclusions , Client commentaries: C, M and I and a complete case example: Case I , The analysis within the wider context of the latest thinking in the field , Inconsistency in the “universal characteristics” seen in the literature , Concluding chapter: Brief psychodynamic psychotherapy: A contextual framework and key principles , Appendix