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Listening to the melody of the mind : the psychodynamic psychotherapist /
Rima Brauer and Gerald Faris.
imprint
Lanham : Jason Aronson, c2009.
description
xv, 154 p.
ISBN
076570613X (cloth : alk. paper), 9780765706133 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham : Jason Aronson, c2009.
isbn
076570613X (cloth : alk. paper)
9780765706133 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Two minds establish a psychotherapy -- How the talking cure works -- When the therapist is good enough -- When the therapist isn't good enough -- Authenticity -- Adequate theoretical/conceptual frameworks -- Multiple points of view -- Supervised experience in diagnosing and treating -- Spectrum disorders : schizophrenia, mood disorders -- Disorders of the borderline syndrome -- Coordinated split treatment -- Patient-therapist motivations for psychotherapy -- Empathy and therapeutic tact -- How the therapist's mind works -- Cognitive style and the therapeutic alliance -- Addressing the patient's need to fight -- The place of dreams in the therapeutic process -- Psychopharmacology and the complexity of psychodynamics -- Countertransference and rescue fantasies -- Feelings -- Negative therapeutic reactions -- People psychotherapy probably can't help -- Rarely encountered disorders -- Non-empirical psychotherapists.
catalogue key
6679202
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Rima Brauer maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in West Hartford, Connecticut Gerald Faris is a clinical psychologist currently in private practice in Glastonbury, Connecticut
Reviews
Review Quotes
This is a book that pulls no punches. The authors have a clear view of what it takes to become a good-enough psychotherapist. They have an equally clear view of why many clinicians do not become adequate psychotherapists, why many treatments falter, and most importantly of what does and does not constitute helpful psychotherapy.
This is a wonderful book. It is well written and easy to read with extensive coverage of the clinical experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy...This is an outstanding text for psychiatric residents, clinical psychology interns and post-graduate clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, and APRNs.
This book is not organized as a textbook, nor does it constitute a systematic course. But it does serve as a handbook that will guide the beginning psychotherapist with a firm hand and well-grounded footing. It treats the subject of becoming and being a psychotherapist with a down-to-earth pragmatism that will be of enormous help to those who are considering such a career, either for the first time or as a career change. For the senior clinician, reading this volume will act as a gratifying reminder of difficult battles won and lost in the career of professional psychotherapy. Brauer and Faris provide an antidote to the contemporary literature that is weighted more toward the evocative and process-oriented aspects of the work, a perspective which is much more difficult for the beginner to grasp and integrate. The authors thus illustrate the practical value of an approach that is denotative, specific, and concrete.
The twenty-four chapters of this slim volume are a powerful introduction to psychotherapy, and will be a valuable resource for teachers and supervisors in grabbing and holding the attention of harassed, distractible students.... The authors draw on their rich experience to focus not on a 'how-to' approach, but on the person of the therapist and on the cumulative poise and wisdom that develop in the clinician "s personal therapy or analysis, extended study, extensive practice, and thoughtful reflection. This is a fresh, forthright account of a life dedicated to the study and advancement of psychotherapy.
The twenty-four chapters of this slim volume are a powerful introduction to psychotherapy, and will be a valuable resource for teachers and supervisors in grabbing and holding the attention of harassed, distractible students.... The authors draw on their rich experience to focus not on a 'how-to' approach, but on the person of the therapist and on the cumulative poise and wisdom that develop in the clinician's personal therapy or analysis, extended study, extensive practice, and thoughtful reflection. This is a fresh, forthright account of a life dedicated to the study and advancement of psychotherapy.
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Summaries
Main Description
Psychotherapy has been described humorously as the art of practicing a science that doesn't exist. Rima Brauer and Gerald Faris submit that the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy draws on both art and science. To tap into the great body of research in such areas means that the well-read psychotherapist must be able to assimilate contributions from a rather broad array of specialities. This is a daunting task and is not for the intellectually faint of heart. Listening to the Melody of the Mind attempts to provide a comprehensive exploration of the person who is the therapist. Book jacket.
Long Description
Psychotherapy has been described humorously as the art of practicing a science which doesn't exist. Brauer and Faris submit that the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy draws on both art and science and should be conducted only by those who are properly trained with sufficient experience and steeped in the empirical literature based on solid research. Insightful and well-trained therapists should, therefore, draw heavily from the scientific disciplines of child development, medical science, biology, neuroscience, psychology, and sociology. To tap into the great body of research in such areas means the well-read psychotherapist must be able to assimilate contributions from a rather broad array of specialties. This is a daunting task and is not for the intellectually faint of heart. Listening to the Melody of the Mind attempts to provide a comprehensive exploration of the person who is the therapist.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction
Two Minds Establish a Psychotherapyp. 3
How the Talking Cure Worksp. 11
When the Therapist Is Good Enoughp. 15
When the Therapist Isn't Good Enoughp. 19
Authenticityp. 23
The Necessary Clinical Knowledge
Adequate Theoretical/Conceptual Frameworksp. 27
Multiple Points of Viewp. 35
Supervised Experience in Diagnosing and Treatingp. 41
Spectrum Disorders-Schizophrenia, Mood Disordersp. 45
Disorders of the Borderline Syndromep. 53
Coordinated Split Treatmentp. 57
The Nature of the Clinical Experience
Patient-Therapist Motivations for Psychotherapyp. 67
Empathy and Therapeutic Tactp. 75
How the Therapist's Mind Worksp. 77
Cognitive Style and the Therapeutic Alliancep. 85
Addressing the Patient's Need to Fightp. 93
The Place of Dreams in the Therapeutic Processp. 97
Psychopharmacology and the Complexity of Psychodynamicsp. 103
The Challenges of the Clinical Experience
Countertransference and Rescue Fantasiesp. 113
Feelingsp. 119
Negative Therapeutic Reactionsp. 127
People Psychotherapy Probably Can't Helpp. 131
Rarely Encountered Disordersp. 135
Non-Empirical Psychotherapistsp. 139
Closing Commentsp. 143
Suggested Readingp. 145
Indexp. 151
About the Authorsp. 153
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