Doing Brief Psychotherapy / Edition 1

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In the spirit of his classic text Doing Psychotherapy, this book from master clinician Michael Franz Basch illustrates a powerful new way of conduction brief therapy.Open-ended therapy is no longer an option for most patients, and the therapists must learn to achieve therapeutic goals in much shorter periods. this practical and highly readable book spells out an effective treatment approach designed to work successfully with most patients in fewer than twenty sessions.For his technique, Basch relies on his “developmental model” for psychotherapy, which emphasizes the central role of affect and affective development in treatment. This model builds on the advances made by dynamic psychotherapy, without involving the patient in a lengthy uncovering and reconstruction of childhood trauma. Instead, Basch describes how the therapist can reframe each patient’s dynamics and then use the strengths revealed to offset the patient’s difficulties. This approach allows each patient to confront life’s problems not as a hapless victim of circumstance, past or present, but as a proactive agent for change.To illustrate his new approach, Basch includes several absorbing case examples throughout the book. His straightforward explanation of the principles that govern effective intervention allow the method to be readily adapted by both the beginner and the experienced clinician.

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What People Are Saying

Hans H. Strupp
"A book for those who are looking for the company of a master therapist. Basch susch a maaster, from whose expertise any reader can profit."
Peter Kramer
"The hallmark of Basch's approach to patients is the vigorous mixture of practical wisdom to profound theory. In this compact and imensely readable volume, he shows us how to do it."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465095483
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 187
  • Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Franz Basch, M.D., is the Cynthia Oudejans Harris, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry at Rush Medical College in Chicago, the training and supervising psychoanalyst at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, and is in the private practice of psychiatry and psychoanalysis. He is the author of Doing Psychotherapy (1980), Understanding Psychotherapy: The Science Behind the Art (1988), and Practicing Psychotherapy: A Casebook (1992).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Ch. 1 Setting a Goal and Focusing the Treatment: Denise Taft 3
Ch. 2 Restoring Competence: Ralph Jerome 18
Ch. 3 The Patient as an Agent for Change: Bea Willingham 37
Ch. 4 Correcting a Developmental Deficit: Warren Dale, Jr. 54
Ch. 5 Shame and the Restoration of Self-Esteem : Jacob Cain 77
Ch. 6 Validating a Change: Franklin Furlong 102
Ch. 7 When More Time Is Needed to Achieve Character Change: Michelle Longwood 120
Ch. 8 Clarification and Guidance: Grant Rausen and William Semic 131
Ch. 9 Restoring the Status Quo: Nadine Nelson and Gerald Shellman 162
Ch. 10 Problem Solving: Roger Povalente 169
References 177
Index 183
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