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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Wendy Nelson, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book presents a unique model of psychoanalytically informed brief psychotherapy, which borrows from interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and systems approaches to treatment. The art of brief psychotherapy is illustrated largely through the use of clinical vignettes from the author's own work as well as clinical examples from Freud.
Purpose: The purpose is to help psychotherapists achieve greater depth and focus in their brief psychotherapy work. The book aims to help clinicians grasp more quickly the patient's "dilemma;" that is, the contradictory premises that underlie the patient's intrapsychic and interpersonal conflicts.
Audience: This book is intended for students and practitioners of psychoanalytically informed brief psychotherapy, primarily psychiatrists and psychologists. It presupposes considerable familiarity with psychoanalytic theory and technique, and therefore does not seem appropriate for the novice clinician. The author believes that the book could be used effectively in an introductory course on brief psychotherapy.
Features: The author provides a useful reference list, with references to the brief psychotherapy literature, psychoanalytic literature, and Western literature.
Assessment: This book is a useful addition to the brief psychotherapy literature. It is a highly readable, thought-provoking treatise for the serious student of brief psychotherapy. The author offers a useful model for listening to and understanding the patient's story and for formulating a conceptualization of the patient's underlying "dilemma."