Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide

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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.
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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.
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Mar 18, 2004
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Medical / Nursing / Psychiatric & Mental Health
Medical / Psychiatry / General
Psychology / Clinical Psychology
Psychology / Movements / Psychoanalysis
Psychology / Psychotherapy / General
Social Science / Social Work
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Now completely revised (over 90% new), this is the authoritative diagnostic manual grounded in psychodynamic clinical models and theories. Explicitly oriented toward case formulation and treatment planning, PDM-2 offers practitioners an empirically based, clinically useful alternative or supplement to DSM and ICD categorical diagnoses. Leading international authorities systematically address personality functioning and psychological problems of infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age, including clear conceptualizations and illustrative case examples. Purchasers get access to a companion website where they can find additional case illustrations and download and print five reproducible PDM-derived rating scales in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

New to This Edition
*Significant revisions to all chapters, reflecting a decade of clinical, empirical, and methodological advances.
*Chapter with extended case illustrations, including complete PDM profiles.
*Separate section on older adults (the first classification system with a geriatric section).
*Extensive treatment of psychotic conditions and the psychotic level of personality organization.
*Greater attention to issues of culture and diversity, and to both the clinician's and patient's subjectivity.
*Chapter on recommended assessment instruments, plus reproducible/downloadable diagnostic tools.
*In-depth comparisons to DSM-5 and ICD-10-CM throughout.

Sponsoring associations include the International Psychoanalytical Association, Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy, the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, and five other organizations.
McWilliams levandegör abstrakta begrepp med medkänsla och humor

I Psykoanalytisk diagnostik (1994) argumenterar Nancy McWilliams för att den psykodynamiskt orienterade terapeuten behöver sätta sig in i och förstå sin patients personlighetsstruktur för att på bästa sätt tillämpa psykodynamiska teorier och tekniker. Patientens personlighet bör vara vägledande för de terapeutiska mål som man arbetar mot, för bemötandet av patienten och val av terapeutiska metoder.

Nancy McWilliams använder sig av två axlar eller perspektiv för att systematisera och klargöra sina kunskaper om patientens personlighet. Den ena axeln handlar om personlighetens utvecklingsnivå (psykotisk, borderline, neurotisk). På den andra axeln beskrivs nio personlighetsstrukturer (psykopatisk, narcissistisk, schizoid, paranoid, depressiv, masochistisk, tvångsmässig, hysterisk och dissociativ). Hon ger en utförlig beskrivning av psykiska försvar och hur olika personligheter hanterar känslor. I boken finns också en berättelse om hur personlighetsdiagnostiken har utvecklats och förändrats inom den breda psykoanalytiska-psykodynamiska traditionen.

McWilliams levandegör abstrakta begrepp med illustrationer från sin kliniska praktik. Hon gör det med medkänsla och ofta med humor. Psykoanalytisk diagnostik riktar sig till såväl blivande som erfarna psykoterapeuter och psykologer, verksamma inom socialt arbete och vårdyrkesgrupper.

Översättare: Eva Björkander-Mannheimer,

Omslagsformgivare: Paul Eklund
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