Modern psychoanalysis was developed by Hyman Spotnitz, M.D., and it is highly effective in the treatment of character problems that have their origins in the early, preverbal period of human development. A distinguishing aspect of the modern psychoanalysis method is the use of individual and group treatment in combination. Typically, a patient participates in a weekly group as well as individual therapy. This makes for a powerful therapeutic intervention because the report of interpersonal issues in an individual can be brought to life in the group experience.

Historical Context

Modern group analysis is an outgrowth of the pioneering work of Spotnitz, who developed the principles of modern psychoanalysis in the 1950s. Spotnitz’s work centered on creating a new psychotherapeutic method for the treatment of pre-oedipal disorders— ...

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