Psychodynamic Therapy Techniques: A Guide to Expressive and Supportive Interventions

ISBN : 9780190676278

Brian A. Sharpless
280 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
May 2019
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Psychodynamic therapy is one of the most popular orientations practiced in the world today. It has a growing evidence base, is cost-effective, and may have unique mechanisms of clinical change. However, gaining competence in this approach generally requires extensive training and mastery of a large and complex literature. Integrating clinical theory and research findings, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Techniques provides comprehensive but practical guidance on the main interventions of contemporary psychodynamic practice. Early chapters describe the psychodynamic "stance" and illustrate effective means of identifying and understanding clinical problems. Later, the book describes how to question, clarify, confront, and interpret patient material as well as assess the clinical impacts of interventions. With these foundational tools in place, the book supplements the "classic" psychodynamic therapy techniques with six sets of supportive interventions helpful for lower-functioning patients or those in acute crisis. Complete with step-by-step instructions on how to prepare techniques as well as numerous clinical vignettes to illustrate their use in clinical settings, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Techniques effectively demystifies this important approach to therapy and helps practitioners more effectively apply them to a wide range of patients and problems.


1. Introduction
Section I: Background Information for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Techniques
2. Do we REALLY need Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?
3. Goals of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
4. The Psychodynamic Stance
5. The Supportive-Expressive Continuum
6. Characteristics of Good Psychodynamic Interventions
7. How to Assess the Impacts of Interventions
Section II: The Classic Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Techniques in Contemporary Practice
8. Foundational Techniques Part I
9. Foundational Techniques Part II
10. The Process of Questioning
11. The Process of Clarification
12. The Process of Confrontation
13. The Process of Interpretation
Section III: The Expanded Range of Psychodynamic Therapy Techniques
14. Supportive Therapy Techniques Part I
15. Supportive Therapy Techniques Part II
16. Repairing Ruptures in the Therapeutic Alliance
Appendix A: Psychodynamic Therapy Manuals and Models

About the author: 

Brian A. Sharpless, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the American School of Professional Psychology (ASPP) at Argosy University, Northern Virginia. He received his PhD in clinical psychology and MA in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Sharpless has authored over 40 publications on psychodynamic therapy, common and lesser-known disorders, professional issues, and the history/philosophy of clinical psychology.

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