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Long-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Basic Text (Core Competencies in Psychotherapy) 2nd Edition

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This revision of Dr. Gabbard's introductory "course" in psychodynamic psychotherapy is a gift to all students of this complex yet essential form of treatment. An already outstanding volume is much improved by thoughtful additions to the text and accompanying videos that bring the words alive. It is like have one of the great clinician/educators of our time in the room, steadily opening doors to understanding. --David A. Goldberg, M.D., Chair and Residency Training Director, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, Past Executive Director and President, Association of American, Director's of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT)

Glen Gabbard s extensive clinical experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy provides the backdrop for this superb textbook for the beginning and intermediate-level psychodynamic psychotherapist. Once again Dr. Gabbard has provided for trainees and practitioners lucid descriptions of the key concepts and history of psychodynamic psychotherapy, technique, and therapeutic action, amply illustrated with well-chosen clinical vignettes. The addition of findings from cognitive neuroscience studies of unconscious mental functioning, psychodynamic psychotherapy efficacy studies and the updated section on evaluating core competencies bring the reader up to date with advances in the field." --Lisa A. Mellman, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Past President, American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training

About the Author

<P><STRONG>Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.,</STRONG> occupies the Brown Foundation Chair of Psychoanalysis and is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Psychotherapy Education, and Director of the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He served as Joint Editor-in-Chief of the <I>International Journal of Psychoanalysis</I>, 2001--2007.</P>
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Product Details

  • Series: Core Competencies in Psychotherapy
  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.; 2 edition (March 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585623857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585623853
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a graduate student in a predominately psychodynamic program, I have been assigned a myriad of psychodynamic/analytic literature, and this book, by far, is the most incisive, jargon free, and useful tool I have found for understanding dynamic theory-all its important nuances- and perhaps, even more importantly, for applying it to patients. Gabbard also elucidates many ancillary topics, such as fee setting and phone calls, which the reader quickly learns are not so ancillary, but an integral part of the therapeutic technique and process. It is also highly refreshing and empowering to know that this masterful and erudite work on PSYCHOTHERAPY, and its implied necessity, was done by a biologically trained PSYCHIATRIST. Wow, sheer joy!
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This is a an expensive, but really great book on long-term psychodynamic therapy which is often used to treat borderline personality disorders and other conditions that are more serious than the everyday problems of the average person.

It is actually a short book only being 210 pages. However, it covers a lot of ground and does it in a way that is easy to read. It introduces key concepts right at the beginning then it goes into assessment, indications and formulation. The next two chapters cover the nuts and bolts of psychotherapy and the role of the therapist. As a whole, the text does a great job of covering the end-to-end therapeutic process.

There are a lot of books on this topic, but this one is very clear, well-organized and covers the most important topics in just enough detail. There is not much fluff in this book and the clinical examples are useful and not overdone.
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This is a great book for both graduate students and seasoned clinicians wishing to incorporate psychodynamic principles into their work. While many books about psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy require a sound grasp of jargon, Dr. Gabbard has done a great job presenting the material in a very palatable fashion. I would agree with one reviewer who stated that the reference section alone is the worth the price of the book. As someone who did not receive indepth training in psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy (I had been trained in CBT and systemic therapies), I found this to be a good launching point for further reading into psychodynamically oriented therapies(e.g. Mitchell & Greenberg; Fromm, Sullivan, etc.). If you are someone who has already received graduate level training in basic counseling/therapy skills, you might find yourself skipping over bits and pieces of the book. However, with that said, I would suggest this book to any counselor/therapist looking to incorporate psychodynamic thought into their work!
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Add me to the list of people who really like this book.

For years, I've consulted Gabbard's book on Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (see my Amazon review from a few years ago) for ideas, even though I'm not primarily a psychodynamic therapist. It relates psychodynamic ideas to the DSM-IV in a valuable way, suggesting clinical formulations and potential treatment strategies.

The current book is a readable yet information-rich intro to psychodynamic therapies. This is a great intro and if I was teaching a course on psychodynamic therapy, I'd probably use this book. But it is also a great way for therapists (like me -- not trained in psychoanalysis, but sympathetic to the approach) to enhance their understanding and appreciation of this venerable approach.
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The author did a good job writing about a topic that few would read past the first page.
The first topic? MISCONCEPTIONS.

They explain that it isn’t about the stone faced therapist, sitting mostly in silence and only speaking to say “mmm-hmm” or to ask about the patient’s sexuality.
It’s about the relationship between the therapist and the patient. They’re both real people – both have backgrounds and upbringings and biases and conversation styles and patterns and soft spots and rough edges etc…

The author explained Klein, Freud, Kohut, Bolwby, Stern and others. But none of them are God; none should be followed precisely. They are people who had theories, and their theories taught us something.
This book helped me the most by teaching me what NOT to do. Don’t over analyze, don’t interpret too quickly. If the patient says I remind them of their father, just leave it alone. If they mention a past experience, just listen. Once they mention the same subject 3 or 4 times, once a pattern is readily apparent - then bring it up. Don't assume to know what it means - just bring it up. Sure I'll have idea and theories, but not push them on the patient or they'll pull back.

If they mention a dream - don't try to interpret it. If they give an interpretation - fine. If it reminds me of a recurring thing they've brought up many times - ask if there might be a connection.

I learned to slow down and avoid jumping to conclusions.

This book teaches how to do psychotherapy, how to deal with resistance, when to interpret and when to just listen. It taught the good and the bad of transference and countertransference - when to bring it up and when to just acknowledge it and move on.
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