In his extensive description of the heuristic approach to psychoanalytic therapy, Peterfreund discusses the strategies used by both patient and therapist as they move toward discovery and deeper understanding.
"[Peterfreund] thinks about questions that matter to all practicing clinicians, and then tells us what he thinks in a writing style notable for both its muscularity and ease. . . . it bears repeating that this is a book of power, clarity, grace, and utility. The analytic community is in his debt."
- Joyce Root, M.D., International Journal of Psychoanalysis
I. Stereotyped Approaches to Psychoanalytic Therapy 1. Stereotyped Approaches: Examples from Personal Experience 2. Stereotyped Approaches: Examples from the Literature 3. General Characteristics of Stereotyped Approaches II. A Heuristic Approach to Psychoanalytic Therapy 4. Psychoanalytic Therapy as Heuristic Process 5. The Concept of Heuristic Strategies 6. The Concept of Working Models 7. Working Models in Communication Processes and in Psychoanalytic Therapy III. Case Illustrations of the Heuristic Approach 8. Case of Mrs. C 9. Case of Mrs. D 10. Case of Mr. E 11. Case of Mr. F 12. Case of Mr. G IV. Strategies Used in the Therapeutic Process 13. Strategies of the Analyst: General Strategies 14. Strategies of the Analyst: The Analyst as Participant Observer 15. Strategies of the Analyst: The Patient as Participant in the Therapeutic Process 16. Strategies of the Analyst: The Establishment of Meanings 17. Strategies Used by the Patient 18. Some General Characteristics of Heuristic Analytic Sessions V. Evidence, Explanation, and Effectiveness 19. Evidence and Explanation in Psychoanalytic Therapy 20. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Psychoanalytic Therapy 21. What Makes Psychoanalytic Therapy Effective?