Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide

by Nancy McWilliams PhD
ISBN-10:
1593850093
ISBN-13:
9781593850098
Pub. Date:
03/18/2004
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.

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Overview

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide


Addressing the art and science of psychodynamic treatment, Nancy McWilliams distills the essential principles of clinical practice, including effective listening and talking; transference and countertransference; emotional safety; and an empathic, attuned attitude toward the patient. The book describes the values, assumptions, and clinical and research findings that guide the psychoanalytic enterprise, and shows how to integrate elements of other theoretical perspectives. It discusses the phases of treatment and covers such neglected topics as educating the client about the therapeutic process, handling complex challenges to boundaries, and attending to self-care. Presenting complex information in personal, nontechnical language enriched by in-depth clinical vignettes, this is an essential psychoanalytic work and training text for therapists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593850098
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 03/18/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 353
Sales rank: 143,647
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP, teaches psychoanalytic theory and therapy at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers--The State University of New Jersey. A 1978 graduate of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, she also teaches at the Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey, the National Training Program in Contemporary Psychotherapy, the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and the Minnesota Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies. She has lectured throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, Greece, Turkey, Australia, and New Zealand. Dr. McWilliams has a private practice in psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy, and supervision in Flemington, New Jersey. She is the author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process and Psychoanalytic Case Formulation, as well as articles and book chapters on personality, psychopathology, psychotherapy, altruism, sexuality, and gender.

Table of Contents


1. What Defines a Psychoanalytic Therapy?
2. The Psychoanalytic Sensibility
3. The Therapist's Preparation
4. Preparing the Client
5. Boundaries I: The Frame
6. Basic Therapy Processes
7. Boundaries II: Quandaries
8. Molly
9. Donna
10. Ancillary Lessons of Psychoanalytic Therapy
11. Occupational Hazards and Gratifications
12. Self-Care
Appendix: Annotated Bibliography

What People are Saying About This

Deborah Anna Luepnitz

This book addresses a daunting range of issues. How can therapists set limits with acting-out patients? What did Freud really say about behavior change? Why should practitioners have their own psychotherapy? In an era that scorns depth psychology in favor of the quick fix, Nancy McWilliams' work is a beacon of sane reflection. She sees psychoanalysis not as a clinical specialty alone, but as an ethic--a way of thinking that both requires and makes possible the difficult path known as the examined life. This perspicacious, deeply personal work is sure to become a key text for novice and experienced therapists alike.
PhD, author of Schopenhauer's Porcupines

Karen J. Maroda

Nancy McWilliams's new book reads like a conversation with a master therapist, addressing the most important questions about facilitating the therapeutic process. Although a psychoanalyst herself, Dr. McWilliams makes frequent, respectful references to the other major theoretical schools, and gives practical advice that will help any new or seasoned therapist acquire skills for understanding and treating clients.
PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Medical College of Wisconsin

Drew Westen

This is vintage McWilliams: erudite, elegantly written, thoughtful, and as useful to the seasoned clinician as to the aspiring clinician. Nancy McWilliams has a true talent for tackling complexity without jargon or pretense, and for mixing theoretical originality with good clinical horse sense. Reading this book feels like getting supervision from one of the eminent clinicians of our time.
PhD, Emory University

Ann Halsell Appelbaum

Readers of McWilliams's previous books will find what they have come to expect: graceful, transparent writing; clear thinking; and a sharpshooter's aim on critical issues. Reading this book is like going on rounds with a loved and trusted professor whose teaching is conversational, collegial, and deep. McWilliams speaks her mind confidently. Her thinking embraces all the therapies derived from psychoanalysis, integrating them under the rubric of honesty. Her book fulfills the promise of its title, addressing both theory and the practical issues that often derail the work of beginners and experienced clinicians alike. This book will be an essential text for teachers of undergraduate psychology through to those in analytic institutes, and psychotherapy students of all stripes will want to read it closely.
MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Michael Eigen

A cornucopia of wise and sensitive reflections on psychoanalytic psychotherapy. McWilliams delineates the felt core of therapeutic work shared by workers of many schools, but rarely articulated so well. She gives the beginner a 'taste of the apple' in a hands-on and feeling way, and bolsters the spirit of the old-timer, who will recognize the fruit of attentive and caring practice.
PhD, author of The Sensitive Self

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Clinicians, students, and residents in any of the mental health disciplines, including clinical and counseling psychology, psychiatry, social work, family therapy, and psychiatric nursing. Serves as a text in graduate-level courses in psychodynamic therapy.

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