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.

Intermediate Psychodynamic-Interpersonal Skills

Intermediate Psychodynamic-Interpersonal Skills


This chapter describes the second stage competencies of PI therapy. They are slightly more challenging to learn than the Stage 1 competencies but their use leads to a deepening of the relationship between therapist and client. When used collectively, they promote the development of a feeling language and sharing of experience.

Stage 2 competencies

2.1 Focusing on feelings (‘here and now’)

This technique involves focusing on what the client is experiencing during the session. Instead of talking about feelings in the abstract or as if they belong only to the past, an attempt is made to re-create them or facilitate the actual expression of them in the immediacy of the therapeutic environment. The client experiences the feeling and is able to share ...

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