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Brian A. Sharpless

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190676278.003.0001
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date: 21 May 2019

This introductory chapter discusses the complexity of psychotherapy in general and the difficulty of learning psychodynamic therapy in particular. After discussing historical reasons for the latter (e.g., inconsistent definitions of key terms across authors; significant theoretical developments over the past 120 years), the author details his approach to differentiating the various psychodynamic techniques. Specifically, the individual techniques are distinguished from one another according to their clinical intentions. Next, the book outlines the background knowledge required to make the most use of this work (e.g., experience with psychodynamic case formulation and risk assessment). Finally, the three sections of the book and the appendix are briefly outlined.

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