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(p. 153) The place of Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy 

(p. 153) The place of Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy
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(p. 153) The place of Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy
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R. Peter Hobson

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10.1093/med:psych/9780198725008.003.0011
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date: 02 April 2020

The concluding chapter serves as an overview of the origins, challenges, limitations, and potential specialness of Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy. Here it is important to acknowledge, rather than gloss over, doubts and uncertainties that surround the approach. Should this be viewed as a discrete and distinctive 16-session treatment—which in some respects it is, especially in its narrow focus on working in the transference—or is it more a style of therapeutic engagement, one that could (for instance) constitute an element within a more eclectic approach? How far is the term “psychoanalytic” justified? In essence, Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy is an attempt to achieve a quality and depth of communication that promises to have special value in promoting a patient’s psychic integration and health.

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