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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide Hardcover – March 18, 2004

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  • Hardcover: 353 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (March 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593850093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593850098
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"McWilliams presents a text that will be useful to all social workers, whether or not they primarily have a psychoanalytic orientation. She provides useful information on, for example, how to develop a trusting relationship, how to overcome communication barriers, and how to deal with myriad technical problems, such as challenges to the practitioner and to the boundaries that are required in practice. Her writing style is clear, jargon-free, and full of useful examples, and she is supportive of the integration of her ideas with other approaches. A much-needed book in the social work field."--Charles Garvin, PhD, School of Social Work (Emeritus), University of Michigan

"Books by Nancy McWilliams used in unison make the best psychodynamic resources I have yet encountered in more than 60 years in the field."--Robert C. Lane, PhD, Department of Psychology, Nova Southeastern University

"A cornucopia of wise and sensitive reflections on psychoanalytic psychotherapy. McWilliams delineates the felt core of therapeutic work shared by workers of many schools, but rarely articulated so well. She gives the beginner a 'taste of the apple' in a hands-on and feeling way, and bolsters the spirit of the old-timer, who will recognize the fruit of attentive and caring practice."--Michael Eigen, PhD, author of The Sensitive Self

"Nancy McWilliams's book reads like a conversation with a master therapist, addressing the most important questions about facilitating the therapeutic process. Although a psychoanalyst herself, Dr. McWilliams makes frequent, respectful references to the other major theoretical schools, and gives practical advice that will help any new or seasoned therapist acquire skills for understanding and treating clients."--Karen J. Maroda, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Medical College of Wisconsin

"This book addresses a daunting range of issues. How can therapists set limits with acting-out patients? What did Freud really say about behavior change? Why should practitioners have their own psychotherapy? In an era that scorns depth psychology in favor of the quick fix, Nancy McWilliams' work is a beacon of sane reflection. She sees psychoanalysis not as a clinical specialty alone, but as an ethic--a way of thinking that both requires and makes possible the difficult path known as the examined life. This perspicacious, deeply personal work is sure to become a key text for novice and experienced therapists alike."--Deborah Anna Luepnitz, PhD, author of Schopenhauer's Porcupines

"This is vintage McWilliams: erudite, elegantly written, thoughtful, and as useful to the seasoned clinician as to the aspiring clinician. Nancy McWilliams has a true talent for tackling complexity without jargon or pretense, and for mixing theoretical originality with good clinical horse sense. Reading this book feels like getting supervision from one of the eminent clinicians of our time."--Drew Westen, PhD, Department of Psychology and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University

"Written for therapists, by a therapist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy manifests the qualities of McWilliams’s earlier superb work: a thorough grasp of psychodynamic theory, frequent use of case illustrations, a clear and engaging writing style, and what we might call her 'faith' that a relationship with a skilled and caring therapist can help people become more whole."--Russell Jones, ThD, pastoral counselor, Asheville, North Carolina

"Readers of McWilliams's previous books will find what they have come to expect: graceful, transparent writing; clear thinking; and a sharpshooter's aim on critical issues. Reading this book is like going on rounds with a loved and trusted professor whose teaching is conversational, collegial, and deep. McWilliams speaks her mind confidently. Her thinking embraces all the therapies derived from psychoanalysis, integrating them under the rubric of honesty. Her book fulfills the promise of its title, addressing both theory and the practical issues that often derail the work of beginners and experienced clinicians alike. This book will be an essential text for teachers of undergraduate psychology through to those in analytic institutes, and psychotherapy students of all stripes will want to read it closely."--Ann Halsell Appelbaum, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons


"Nancy McWilliams [is]...an insightful scholar, an engaging author, and a respected synthesizer of, and contributor to, the accumulated wisdom of the psychoanalytic enterprise. This reputation is founded, in part, on two previous books that have been widely read and admired: Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994)...and Psychoanalytic Case Formulation 1999...Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy completes the trilogy....Many prominent reviewers of this book have already commented on the wide-ranging clinical wisdom that it transmits....It is not unusual for a book jacket to describe a psychotherapy text as essential reading that is equally valuable for trainees and experienced therapists. Although this seldom may truly be the case, I believe that it is the case with all three books in McWilliams' outstanding trilogy."--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
(Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic 2004-03-20)

"Stands as a beacon, not simply recalling, but recreating the tenets of psychoanalytic practice in a broad-minded and frank way....This book will be a godsend to beginning therapists, and yet a stimulating read for the more experienced practitioner. McWilliams has a rare ability to celebrate the pluralities in our practices, despite deep division in theory and so-called techniques, while emphasizing the fundamental similarities in practice necessary to create and foster therapeutic relationships....McWilliams' style is accessible, candid, and humorous....Along with her warmth, perspective, and inclusiveness, McWilliams offers us a formidable array of references on every topic relevant to practice, from therapy outcome research to legal dilemmas to the importance of self-care."--The American Journal of Psychoanalysis
(The American Journal of Psychoanalysis 2004-03-20)

"Provide[s] highly useful discussions of many topics not typically found [in] therapy texts, especially those emphasizing a particular technique. Those of us who supervise trainees commonly encounter these topics and the text will go a long way in providing an articulate source for trainees to refer to when faced with such issues....practitioners at all levels of experience can take in the benefits of the book."--Psychologist-Psychoanalyst APA Division 39 Newsletter
(Psychologist-Psychoanalyst APA Division 39 Newsletter 2004-03-20)

"The author fully meets the task she sets out to accomplish using her experiences both as therapist and patient....For those entering the field, it is a must-have text, and for seasoned practitioners it offers much food for thought."--The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
(The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 2004-03-20)

About the Author

Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP, teaches psychoanalytic theory and therapy at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers--The State University of New Jersey. A 1978 graduate of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, she also teaches at the Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey, the National Training Program in Contemporary Psychotherapy, the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and the Minnesota Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies. She has lectured throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, Greece, Turkey, Australia, and New Zealand. Dr. McWilliams has a private practice in psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy, and supervision in Flemington, New Jersey. She is the author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process and Psychoanalytic Case Formulation, as well as articles and book chapters on personality, psychopathology, psychotherapy, altruism, sexuality, and gender.

More About the Author

Nancy McWilliams, PhD, teaches psychoanalytic theory and therapy at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers--The State University of New Jersey. A senior analyst with the Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey and the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, she has a private practice in psychodynamic therapy and supervision in Flemington, New Jersey. Her book Psychoanalytic Diagnosis has become a standard text in many training programs for psychoanalysts, both in the United States and abroad. She has also authored articles and book chapters on personality, psychotherapy, psychodiagnosis, sexuality, feminism, and contemporary psychopathologies.

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The book offers a great historical review and helpful tips on best practices.
Guy Messalem
Nancy Mc Williams book, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A practitioner's guide is an invaluable resource for anyone in the mental healthcare field.
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Secondly because the writing is often very heavy, with long phrases and overly burdening adjectives.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Martin on May 1, 2013
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As a student of counseling techniques, the perspective on psychoanalytic practice from non-analytic authors has been absolutely dreadful. Textbooks on psychotherapy seem to agree that psychoanalytic therapy is only making someone lie on a sofa and then not talking to them, while pocketing fees -- but the reality is that psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a rich and diverse body of practices with literally thousands of published scientific studies to back up the interventions and case formulations. McWilliams is at the forefront of the integrative psychoanalytic profession, bridging various schools of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic research and practice, and she writes beautifully. I highly and heartily recommend this text to any student of psychotherapy or any scholar wishing to understand what analysts actually do in the minute to minute, day to day, year to year activity of the profession.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 10, 2004
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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide by Nancy McWilliams (Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy instructor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rugers--The State University of New Jersey) is a guide written especially for psychotherapists, but which contains vital information that practitioners and recipients alike should internalize to promote optimum treatment results. From preparations the therapist should undergo, including submitting to professional psychotherapy oneself, to occupational hazards of the practice, to a careful discussion of basic therapy processes of listening and talking, to advanced, complex issues of analysis and understanding, and so much more, Psycho-analytic Psychotherapy covers all the basic groundwork with the calm, reasoned voice of years of practical experience. Recommended for those considering psychotherapy as a career as well as those involved in practice looking to broaden their awareness of available methods.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mc clinician on February 6, 2007
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Accessible and necessary- this is a very helpful guide. One of the only

ones that offers clinicians of dynamic therapies a hands on guide to continue professional learning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Fretz on May 9, 2011
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Dr. McWilliams' book is just another example of her fine work in the field. This book is beneficial to read for not only psychoanalytic practitioners, but for all therapists.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gerrit Crouse on July 23, 2007
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As helpful for someone a the end of their career as for someone just beginning theirs.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Janet Doe on July 10, 2010
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This book is accessible and interesting but does not offer the case studies that would be helpful in an introductory text. References to cases are short, perhaps one line, rather than fleshed out cases with background, treatment and explanation. I learned from the book but could have gained more if had been less general.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By F. Wilson on August 12, 2007
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McWilliams provides excellent information for students and early career psychotherapists without the cumbersome jargon that all too often comes with other psychoanalytic texts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vivi Suess on March 17, 2014
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it is amazingly well written plus very practical and useful. She adresses every topic that we as practitioners face during our practice in a very clear and smart way.
I just love the author.
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