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Are you interested in the field of counselling and psychotherapy or just starting out in your training? Trying to get to grips with the many different approaches and decide which are right for you? This book can help! An ideal introductory text that assumes no prior knowledge, leading authors in the field provide overviews of 26 counselling and psychotherapy approaches in accessible, jargon-free terms. Each approach is discussed using the same framework to enable easy comparison and evaluation, covering: • Development of the Therapy • Theory and Basic Concepts • Practice • Which Clients Benefit Most? • Case study Four further chapters offer an insight into the therapeutic relationship, working with diversity, professional issues, and research, while resources such as suggested reading, discussion issues, appendices of further information and a ...

Psychodynamic (Freudian) Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychodynamic (Freudian) Counselling and Psychotherapy
Lesley Murdin
Introduction

Freudian psychodynamic therapy is the practice of coming to understand what goes on in your mind beyond the edge of your consciousness. Sometimes you think or say something and wonder ‘what came over me?’ What came over you was an unconscious wish that bore little or no relation to what you consciously want to do. Unconscious wishes become understandable in relation to two key themes. The infant has desires that can be described as sexual and they coalesce in the Oedipus complex, which describes through the myth the child’s emotional connections, anxieties and desires with each of the parents or significant others.

A psychodynamic therapist seeks to understand the effect of these early relations on ...

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