Illustrated throughout with clinical vignettes, this book is a comprehensive guide to psychodynamic brief counselling and psychotherapy. It is ideal for those looking for a practical introduction to the subject. Following a summary of the roots and development of psychoanalytic theory, psychodynamic models of brief, short-term and time-limited work are described. The author describes their differences and similarities in terms of duration, technique and the contexts for which they were developed. Gertrud Mander then examines the basics of brief therapeutic practice from a psychodynamic perspective, starting with assessment, contracting, structuring and focusing. The active stance of the brief therapist is emphasized, and th

The Historical Development of Brief Psychotherapy Models

The historical development of brief psychotherapy models

The Most Important Brief Psychotherapy Models

We have already mentioned the brief focal psychotherapy model developed by Michael Balint and David Malan at the Tavistock Clinic in the 1950s (Balint, 1972; Malan 1963). This was by no means the first attempt to shorten the ...

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