This book presents, for the first time, a practical manual for psychodynamic-interpersonal therapy. This evidence-based conversational model places strong emphasis on the relational aspects of therapy, and provides a comprehensive approach to a wide variety of presenting issues. Drawing together forty years of research, teaching and practice, the expert authors take you through the model’s theory, skills and implications for practice. Part I sets out the underlying theory, placing the model in context, and setting out the evidence base for its efficacy and effectiveness with client groups and presenting issues. Part II guides you through the clinical skills of the model, from foundational to advanced, and demonstrates the application of competencies throughout the therapeutic process. Part III offers practical guidance on learning and implementing the approach within a range of settings, and developing effective practice through reflection and supervision. This book is a must-read for those training in counselling and psychotherapy, and experienced practitioners looking to broaden and develop their practice.

Core Model and Introductory Psychodynamic-Interpersonal Skills

Core Model and Introductory Psychodynamic-Interpersonal Skills


This manual focuses upon the minute interactions between therapist and client. It gives beginners to psychotherapy some answers to the following questions: ‘But what do I actually say now?’; ‘What do I actually do?’ For more experienced therapists, it may provide an opportunity for reflection upon not ‘What do I say?’ but ‘How do I say?’ something.

The model comprises three stages with 13 distinct but interlinked components or competencies (see Table 4.1 for a listing). Some of these components are generic to all psychotherapies but, when taken as a whole, they constitute a specific and definable model of therapy. The competencies are divided into the three stages according to the ease with which ...

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