Models of Brief Psychodynamic Therapy: A Comparative Approach by Stanley B. Messer PhD, C. Seth Warren PhD
This practical and scholarly text presents a comprehensive review and evaluation of the theory, research, and practice of psychodynamically oriented brief psychotherapy. Offering in-depth discussions of the major clinical and theoretical approaches, chapters explore commonalities and differences in patient selection, theory of personality and psychopathology, theory of change, and techniques of therapy. The book addresses general questions about the efficacy of each approach and gives special attention to treatment of "difficult" patients, children, adolescents, and the elderly.
Stanley B. Messer, PhD, is Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Clinical Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University. He is coeditor, with Alan S. Gurman, of Essential Psychotherapies, with C. Seth Warren of Models of Brief Psychodynamic Therapy, and with Paul L. Wachtel of Theories of Psychotherapy: Origins and Evolution. He has been an Associate Editor of American Psychologist and is on the editorial boards of several other journals. He has written extensively about the prospects for psychotherapy integration, and conducts research on brief psychotherapy. Dr. Messer practices psychodynamic psychotherapy in Highland Park, New Jersey.
C. Seth Warren, PhD, is Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University. Dr. Warren maintains a private practice in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the New York City metropolitan area.
I. Introduction 1. The Advent of Brief Psychodynamic Therapy II. Basic Models of Brief Psychodynamic Therapy 2. The Drive/Structural Model: Malan, Davanloo, and Sifneos 3. The Relational Model: Luborsky, Horowitz, Weiss and Sampson, and Strupp and Binder III. Integrative and Eclectic Models of Brief Psychodynamic Therapy 4. An Integrative Psychoanalytic Model: Mann 5. Eclectic Approaches: Garfield, Bellak, and Gustafson IV. Special Topics in Brief Psychodynamic Therapy 6. Assessing and Treating the Difficult Patient 7. Treating Children, Adolescents, and the Elderly: A Lifespan Developmental Approach 8. Epilogue: Whither (Wither?) Psychotherapy?