Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Introduction | Why Psychotherapy? | The Contribution of Psychotherapy | Basic Principles | The Focus of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy | The Setting of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy | The Technique of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy | Evaluation | Indications and Selection Criteria | Treatment | Abstinence, Neutrality, and Free Association | Transference, Defense Mechanisms, and Resistance | Use of Dreams | Countertransference | Termination | Conclusion | Key Points | Suggested Readings | References
The beginning therapist often does not have
an extensive psychoanalytic background as was the case in previous years.
There may be limited opportunity during training to learn a particular
psychotherapy in detail. Yet, as a clinician, he or she may want
to understand and use psychodynamic psychotherapy as a part of the
therapeutic armamentarium and also use psychodynamic techniques
in the evaluation and treatment of patients for whom a full psychotherapy may
not be appropriate or may not be possible.