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
Chapter 6: Ending Brief Therapy
Ending Brief Therapy
Ever since James Mann (1973) introduced the notion of time-limited therapy, the question of when to end psychotherapeutic work with patients has taken on a new and challenging character. Before Mann, most attempts at shortening treatment adhered to the traditional notion that therapy ends when the work is done, i.e. ...