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(p. 80) Therapeutic dialogues I 

(p. 80) Therapeutic dialogues I
(p. 80) Therapeutic dialogues I

R. Peter Hobson

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date: 19 October 2020

In this chapter the focus moves away from stories of patients who enter treatment, to the nature of interpersonal transactions within particular sessions of Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy. Patient–therapist transactions are represented through succinct segments of dialogue drawn from transcripts of audiotaped sessions. A running commentary is interpolated among these brief sequences of verbal exchange. Special attention is paid to features of the two therapists’ styles of intervention, as well as the nature of shifts in the patients’ communicative stance. All this material anchors aspects of technique in the details of what actually transpires in episodes of Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy.

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