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(p. 37) A first case history 

(p. 37) A first case history
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(p. 37) A first case history
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R. Peter Hobson

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780198725008.003.0003
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date: 18 September 2019

The purpose of this chapter is to introduce Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy through the case history of a woman who presented with fatigue and a variety of medical ailments. Descriptions are given of the initial assessment consultation and then the course of 16 sessions of Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy. The clinical material represented illustrates both the therapist’s orientation and style of intervention, and the patient’s step-by-step development in the direction of more open, trusting, and fulfilling attitudes toward other people and the possibilities of life. The nature as well as the influence of the therapist’s focus on the transference and countertransference receive special attention.

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