New PDF release: A guide to assessment for psychoanalytic psychotherapists

By Judy Cooper

ISBN-10: 1849406200

ISBN-13: 9781849406208

Psychoanalytic psychotherapists and psychoanalysts unavoidably locate themselves doing overview of their paintings, either in inner most perform and in a scientific environment similar to the NHS. The authors felt a necessity for a publication that covers this important element in their paintings, which might be of gain either to scholars in education and to practitioners. among matters lined are the character of tests, the surroundings, consultation,  Read more...

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Above all, is he curious to explore the reasons why he finds himself coming for psychotherapy now? In the assessment session, we try to pick up all the cues the patient gives us, verbal, non-verbal, and visual, in order to help us predict whether we think he has the capacity to use the therapeutic process creatively. This can include apparently unimportant exchanges such as whether a patient expects to shake hands or how he addresses you. We observe how he presents himself to a stranger in an unusual situation, his body language, and whether he asks to use the lavatory, requests a glass of water, or even, more unusually, asks to use the telephone.

Previously, older patients were considered unsuitable for psychoanalytic-based work. Freud believed that after fifty no real change could take place as the psychic apparatus would be too fixed. Today, age is not the barrier it once was, and we have people in their seventies and even eighties coming for psychotherapy. A woman in her late seventies was referred following a heart operation. She was deeply depressed. She had suffered many traumatic losses in her life and had lost her will to live, but retained a vestige of hope which she invested in the therapy.

She feels that one must be careful about making transference interpretations in an assessment when the assessor is not going to be the therapist. She also feels that much of the patient’s life history will remain unexplored if too much emphasis is put on 30 A GUIDE TO ASSESSMENT FOR PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPISTS the transference relationship. However, in the face of transference resistance, that is, a negative or paranoid transference which is immediately very intense, it must be interpreted to avoid a stalemate.

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