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A Primer for Beginning Psychotherapy / Edition 1

A Primer for Beginning Psychotherapy / Edition 1

by Taylor and Francis


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A Primer for Beginning Psychotherapy / Edition 1

Designed especially for students and mental health professionals in the early stages of their careers, this primer is a practical guide to psychotherapy. Short and concise, it addresses virtually all questions that a neophyte therapist might have. The author presents the basics in a clear and succinct way, with special emphasis on techniques and clinical examples.

The second edition of A Primer for Beginning Psychotherapy employs the same convenient question-and-answer format used in the first edition, while expanding the range of topics. For this edition, Dr. Goldstein has included a section on the predominant contemporary schools of thought. The book offers a wealth of information that will prove of great value to both the novice and the experienced professional.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780876308592
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Series: Basic Principles into Practice Ser.
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 101
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Editionxiii
1The Patients1
1.Who Are the Patients?1
2.Can Patients Be Conveniently Placed into Diagnostic Groups?1
3.What Are the Characteristics of the Normal-Neurotic Grouping?2
4.What Are the Characteristics of the Borderline Grouping?3
5.What Are the Characteristics of the Narcissistic Grouping?8
6.What Are the Characteristics of the Psychotic Grouping?9
7.Is Placing Patients into These Large Groupings Useful for Therapy?10
2The Therapists11
8.Who Are the Psychotherapists?11
9.What Are Some of the Problems Inherent in Doing Psychotherapy?12
10.How Important Is One's Personal Therapy or Psychoanalysis?12
11.What Kinds of Personal Characteristics and Experiences Help Make a Good Therapist?13
12.What About the Role of Life Experience?13
13.What Is the Role of Training and Supervision?13
14.How Long Does It Take to Become an Effective Therapist?14
15.Is It Useful to See a Variety of Patients, or Is It Better to Specialize?14
16.Do Some Therapists Work Better With Specific Types of Patients?15
17.Is the Sex or Ethnic Background of the Therapist Important?15
3The Psychotherapy17
18.How Can Psychotherapy Be Classified?17
19.What Is Psychoanalysis, and for Whom Is It Indicated?17
20.What Is Analytically Oriented Psychotherapy and for Whom Is It Indicated?21
21.What is Modified Analytically Oriented Psychotherapy, and for Whom Is It Indicated?22
22.What Is Dynamically Oriented Psychotherapy, and for Whom Is It Indicated?23
23.What Is Supportive Psychotherapy, and for Whom Is It Indicated?24
24.What Is Cognitive Therapy and for Whom Is It Indicated?26
4Larger Issues Regarding Psychotherapy29
25.What Are the Larger Issues Regarding Psychotherapy?29
26.What Is Meant by the Stability of the Therapeutic Environment?29
27.Should the Therapist Be Neutral?30
28.Must the Therapist Be Flexible?30
29.What Is Countertransference, and What Role Does It Play?31
30.What Is the Role of Empathy?32
31.How Active Should the Therapist Be?33
32.What Is the Mechanism of Change in Psychotherapy?34
5The Office Setting35
33.How Important Is the Office Setting?35
34.What Factors Are Important in Setting Up an Office?35
35.What About the Waiting Room?36
36.What About the Bathroom?36
37.What About a Telephone?37
38.Is a Home Office Desirable?37
6The Initial Interview39
39.What Should the Therapist Say When the Patient First Calls?39
40.What Kinds of Patients Tend to Stay on the Phone, and How Does the Therapist Deal With Them?40
41.What Are the Goals of the Initial Session?41
42.How Is the Initial Session Structured?42
43.How Does the Therapist Proceed With History Taking?43
44.How Are Recommendations Made?44
45.What Is the Best Way to Refer to Another Therapist?46
46.What Initial Arrangements Need to Be Discussed With the Patient?47
47.What About Scheduling?47
48.What About the Frequency of Sessions?48
49.What About the Spacing of Sessions?48
50.How Are Fees Established?49
51.Should Patients Be Charged for Missed Appointments?49
52.What Guidelines Is the Patient Given?51
53.Are Contracts Desirable?52
54.Should Smoking and Food Be Allowed During the Sessions?53
55.What About Interactions Between Therapist and Patient Outside of the Sessions?54
8Transference and the Therapeutic Alliance55
56.What Is the Difference Between the Therapeutic Alliance and Transference?55
57.What Patients Have Problems Forming a Therapeutic Alliance?56
58.How Is a Weak Therapeutic Alliance Strengthened?56
59.With What Patients Does Transference Develop Rapidly?57
60.What Are Some Generalizations Regarding the Handling of Transference?58
61.How Does the Therapist Deal With Negative Transferences?58
62.How Does the Therapist Deal With Eroticized Transferences?59
9Basic Strategy61
63.Is There a Basic Strategy for Psychotherapy?61
64.What Strategies Are Recommended for the Different Large Groupings?62
65.What Is the Basic Strategy for Borderline Patients?63
10Therapeutic Interventions65
66.What Are the Insight-Oriented Interventions?65
67.What Are the Supportive Interventions?66
68.What Determines the Therapist's Choice of Intervention?67
69.Regarding Interventions, What Is a Good Approach at the Beginning of Therapy?67
70.Are the Manner and Style of the Intervention Important?68
71.What Is an Affirmative Interpretation?69
72.What Are Preparatory Comments?69
73.Should Therapists Ask the Patient for Feedback on Their Interventions?71
74.When Should the Therapist Answer Questions?73
75.How Does the Therapist Deal With Lateness?73
76.How Does the Therapist Deal With Missed Appointments?73
77.How Does the Therapist Deal with Gifts?74
78.Are Self Disclosures Useful?75
79.What Is the 5-Minute Warning?76
11Interventions Regarding Anxiety and Defense77
80.What Is an Intervention Regarding Anxiety and Defense?77
81.How Does the Therapist Make Interventions Regarding Anxiety and Defense?78
82.What Are Everyday Examples of Interventions Regarding Anxiety and Defense?79
83.Can Interventions Address Other Uncomfortable Affects and Defense?80
84.Can a Vignette Demonstrating Interventions Regarding Other Uncomfortable Affects and Defense Be Provided?80
85.Can These Types of Interventions Be Made With Patients in the Psychotic Grouping?82
86.What Differences Are There When Using These Interventions With More Troubled Patients?82
87.What Happens When the Affect Experienced in the Therapy Session Is Too Intense?83
88.What Does the Therapist Do When the Patient Loses His or Her Observing Ego?83
89.Are There Other Conceptual Models That Can Be Used Instead of Anxiety and Defense?84
12Special Issues and Problems85
90.How Does the Therapist Deal With the Use of Primitive Defenses?85
91.What Is Projective Identification, and How Is It Dealt With in Psychotherapy?86
92.What are Enactments, and How Are They Dealt with in Psychotherapy?88
93.How Does the Therapist Deal With Severe Acting Out?89
94.How Does the Therapist Deal With the Suicidal Patient?89
95.What Does the Therapist Do When Patients Show Problems in Reality Testing?92
96.How Are Dreams Best handled in Psychotherapy?93
97.What Are the Pros and Cons of Prescribing Medication?94
13Phases, Trends, and Termination97
98.Are There Phases or Trends in Psychotherapy?97
99.When Does the Termination Phase Begin?98
100.What Does the Termination Phase Involve?99
14Contemporary Schools of Thought101
101.What Is Modern Conflict Theory?101
102.What Is Close Process Attention?102
103.What Is the Relational School?103
104.What Is Self Psychology?104
105.What Is Intersubjectivity?106
106.What is Social Constructionism?107
107.What Is Object Relations Theory?107
108.Is It Advantageous to Mix and Integrate Different Models?108
109.How Do Therapists of Different Models View Each Other?109
A-1.What is the Purpose of a Focus on Ego Functions?111
A-2.How Does One Conceptualize Reality Testing?112
A-3.What Is Sense of Reality?113
A-4.What Is Adaptation to Reality?113
A-5.How Does One Think about Impulse Control and Frustration Tolerance?114
A-6.How Are Thought Processes Described?114
A-7.What Are Interpersonal Relations and How Do They Differ from Object Relations?116
A-8.What Is the Representational World and How Does It Relate to Self and Object Representations?117
A-9.How Are Defense Mechanisms Conceptualized?118
A-10.What Other Ego Functions Might We Consider?120

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