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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Trainings: A Guide

: Morgan-Jones, Richard

This title explores the evolutionary history of training in psychotherapy, the institutions they came from, and the main ideas that supported them. It also explores the professionalization of psychotherapy and provides detailed information about each training. It includes all the organizations central to psychoanalytic work, including the Jungian trainings in analytical psychology and Jungian psychotherapy, and the child, group and couple trainings and all trainings inspired by psychoanalysis and analytical psychology. It is designed for those interested in training to become a psychotherapist and provides a focus for debate about the history of the field. By Richard Morgan-Jones with Jan Abram. Read more…

Therapists on Therapy

: Mullan, Robert

Many books on psychotherapy present an almost mythological view of the therapeutic enterprise. At the very least, from the outside, it can seem mysterious. Little is known of the actual work of such healers. Therapists mostly write for and talk to other therapists. There is an ethical code that mitigates against revealing information on their patients in order to protect them. For these reasons, there is scant public understanding and, even within the profession, limited knowledge of what therapists actually do once they have progressed beyond training and are working on their own. In this book by Bob Mullan, twenty therapists from a range of practices – Jungian, existential, gestalt, rebirthing, psychosynthesis psychoanalytical, transpersonal and others – talk in detail about their work and its potential role in society creating an illuminating and intimate account of the world of psychotherapy. Read more…

Development and Diversity: New Applications in Art Therapy

: Sandle, Doug

This new collection edited by Doug Sandle represents some of the best and most interesting examples of the widening application of art therapy. The contributors – all experienced art therapists – cover such topics as family trauma, work with children with learning difficulties and with autism, with criminal offenders, anorexics, the sexually abused and with people who stammer.The new developments represented in this book have implications not just for the profession of Art Therapy but also for methods of practice. They point up the challenge of new methodologies which focus on process rather than on the finished image. They remind practitioners how stylistic and aesthetic elements, as well as content, can provide therapeutic insights.Providing a rich diversity of approach, this collection will be essential reading for all students and practitioners requiring the broadest and most up-to-date statement of the current status of art therapy. Read more…

The Work of Hanna Segal: A Kleinian Approach to Clinical Practice

: Segal, Hanna

As is evident in this volume of her clinical and theoretical papers, Hanna Segal has established herself as one of the most productive and sensitive clinical psychoanalysts in the field today. Using techniques based on the work of both Freud and Klein, she has shown a consistent interest in working with patients presenting the most severe types of psychopathology. Her techniques stress the analytic and insightful resolution of these disturbances rather than avoidance based on anxiety in the therapist. Read more…

The Broad Spectrum Psychotherapist

: Bramley, Wyn

This book preserves the best aspects of psychoanalytic tradition while giving “hands-on” help to the modern-day, hard-pressed psychotherapist who works in mental health services. These services address the needs of a mixed general population producing clinical pictures unheard of a hundred years ago. To ensure that therapy is tailored to each patient, rather than the other way around, the book places great emphasis on the Assessment, itself a therapy in miniature, upon which the whole treatment package will be based. Wyn Bramley takes the reader stage by stage through the Assessment, which can take place over several sessions, frequently illustrating her argument and discussion with case examples: making the Alliance, separating out transference, finding the Dynamic Formulation, and then making the Contract. There follows a detailed presentation on advanced therapy, how to work with mature transference, and how to use interventions in a well-established treatment. Read more…

On Art and Therapy: An Exploration

: Thomson, Martina

The term “art therapy” was coined when it was recognized that painting, drawing and modelling had healing effects on people. The early practitioners saw themselves as facilitators in setting free a spontaneous inaginative activity. In this text Martina Thomson makes a plea for the therapist to return to a trust in the therapeutic value of the creative process itself. Drawing on her memories of working with some of the pioneers of art therapy, and on her own experience as a painter and as an art therapy practitionar, her argument surfaces through observation, speculation, case history and quotations from artists, poets and analysts. Read more…

Harvesting Free Association

: Torsti-Hagman, Marita

This work is about the fundamentals of free association. Working from a large amount of clinical material, it enables us to see how the problems of the symbolization process are created in the minds of both the analysed and and the analyst. “Harvesting Free Association” gives detailed attention to the phenomena of hysteria, obsessional neurosis, and the death drive. Marita Torsti-Hagman also investigates the symbolizations of femininity, including the kinds of psychosomatic disturbances that the child-bearing and nursing mother suffer from. Conceptualizing the central role of inner-genitality as a catalyst for the integration of femininity she analyses the conflicts penis envy produces when there is insufficient potential in the woman’s mind for binding it. This part of the book formulates a theory on the fundamental significance of hallucination during the foetal stage both for the formation of the deepest unconscious and for the functioning of primary repression. Marita Torsti-Hagman argues that drive is energy; and therefore that theory formation necessitates a language of charge and movement. In contemporary psychoanalysis it is no longer sufficient to be satisfied with the understanding of the content of representations. The author has a long-standing interest in what psychoanalysis is, what Freud meant it to become and what it has been made into. The analyst’s ability and inability to remain in touch with his own unconscious and to use it in his analytic work as an interpretative process, have been central foci of attention in the writing of this book. Read more…

The Works of Jacques Lacan: An Introduction

: Benvenuto, Bice and Kennedy, Roger

The first and still the most comprehensive introduction to the works of the French psychoanalyst and thinker by Roger Kennedy and Bice Benvenuto. For the first time in one book a clear account is given of Lacan’s complex and stimulating thought, explaining its relevance both inside and outside psychoanalysis. Read more…

Acting-In: Practical Applications of Psychodramatic Methods

: Blatner, Adam

Acting-In is one of the major introductory texts in the field of psychodrama and a significant resource for psychotherapists and others who use role playing or action techniques in their work. Adam Blatner’s Third Edition has been significantly revised to encompass the tremendous expansion of the use of psychodrama internationally and a corresponding development of theory and integration of the method with analytic and other approaches. Foreword by J.L Moreno. Read more…

Through the Night

: Daws, Dilys

Through the Night describes pioneering work in the baby clinic of a General Practice by Dilys Daws, a child psychotherapist from the Tavistock Clinic. Sleep problems can tear a family apart. Since it was first published in 1989, Through the Night has been helping parents to understand their sleepless infants – and themselves. Dilys Daws listens to the ‘cries’ of the family as a whole. Her approach – based on meeting the parents and baby together a few times – is proving to be of great practical help to parents. Through the Night was the first book on the technique of parent-infant psychotherapy to be published in the UK. Read more…