"This helpful book should serve as a primer for all psychiatric residents, as it provides a wonderful launching point for further reading into psychodynamically oriented therapies." (The Residents' Journal, a publication of The American Journal of Psychiatry, 2012)
"The second part of the book focuses on patient evaluation and assessment for psychodynamic psychotherapy. The highlight of this section is chapter 4, on the assessment of ego function. It is superb. In fewer than twenty pages, the authors explain ego strength, describe eleven basic ego functions (adapted from the work of Bellack and Goldsmith), define and give clear examples of each ego defense, and briefly discuss superego function. This chapter contains the clearest and most concise discussion of ego function (defenses) I have ever read." (Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, July 2012)
"Although the clear prose, well-organized format, and rich insights make this book a pleasure to read, it is the abundance of carefully annotated case examples on almost every page that differentiates this book from others like it. At a time when many psychiatry resident programs do not provide adequate training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, this book provides a much-needed corrective. Although it is meant as a book for initial learning, this is the kind of book that will remain on the reader's desk as a frequently thumbed companion and reference." (The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, May 2012)
"This splendid book by Deborah Cabaniss and her colleagues vividly and eloquently describes and explains expert psychotherapeutic technique, as well as demonstrating exemplary teaching skills......The authors are unusually gifted in constructing brief clinical exchanges that are informative, self-contained, and convincingly true to life. They have mastered the art of narrative—in their book in general, and especially in the vignettes... The quality of their writing is so superb that I will quote from it liberally. I believe many trainees will be inspired by the book to pursue further training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis." (The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 2012)
"Throughout the book, one sees evidence that the authors “have been there, seen that, and done the right thing about it.” They have distilled their long experience into clear and readable prose; resorting minimally to jargon; they speak directly to the likely concerns of students. I recommend the book for its intended audience and for anyone interested in the art and science of psychodynamic psychotherapy." (Psychoanalytic Psychology, December 2011)
"This book is appropriate for any behavioral health professional interested in learning psychodynamic psychotherapy, including psychiatrists, psychologists, and students of these disciplines. The authors are well entrenched in the East Coast psychodynamic culture and tradition." (Doody's, September 2011)
From the Back Cover
This book offers a practical, step-by-step guide to the technique of psychodynamic psychotherapy, with instruction on listening, reflecting, and intervening. It will systematically take the reader from evaluation to termination using straightforward language and carefully annotated examples. Written by experienced educators and based on a tried and tested syllabus, this book provides clinically relevant and accessible aspects of theories of treatment processes. The workbook style exercises in this book allow readers to practice what they learn in each section and more “actively” learn as they read the book.
This book will teach you:
- About psychodynamic psychotherapy and some of the ways it is hypothesized to work
- How to evaluate patients for psychodynamic psychotherapy, including assessment of ego function and defenses
- The essentials for beginning the treatment, including fostering the therapeutic alliance, setting the frame, and setting goals
- A systematic way for listening to patients, reflecting on what you've heard, and making choices about how and what to say
- How to apply the Listen/Reflect/Intervene method to the essential elements of psychodynamic technique
- How these techniques are used to address problems with self esteem, relationships with others, characteristic ways of adapting, and other ego functions
- Ways in which technique shifts over time
This book presents complex concepts in a clear way that will be approachable for all readers. It is an invaluable guide for psychiatry residents, psychology students, and social work students, but also offers practicing clinicians in these areas a new way to think about psychodynamic psychotherapy. The practical approach and guided exercises make this an exceptional tool for psychotherapy educators teaching all levels of learners.
Praise for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Clinical Manual
"This book has a more practical, hands-on, active learning approach than existing books on psychodynamic therapy."
Bob Bornstein, co-editor of Principles of Psychotherapy; Adelphi University, NY
"Well-written, concise and crystal clear for any clinician who wishes to understand and practice psychodynamic psychotherapy. Full of real-world clinical vignettes, jargon-free and useful in understanding how to assess, introduce and begin psychotherapy with a patient. Extraordinarily practical with numerous examples of how to listen to and talk with patients while retaining a sophistication about the complexity of the therapeutic interaction. My trainees have said that this book finally allowed them to understand what psychodynamic psychotherapy is all about!"
—Debra Katz, Vice Chair for Education at the University of Kentucky and Director of Psychiatry Residency Training
"This volume offers a comprehensive learning guide for psychodynamic psychotherapy training."
—Robert Glick, Professor, Columbia University
This book includes a companion website: www.wiley.com/go/cabaniss/psychotherapy
With the "Listening Exercise" for Chapter 16 (Learning to Listen). This is a short recording that will help the reader to learn about different ways we listen.
Cover painting by Nicki Averill