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- DescriptionIn a series of papers, the author addresses the needs of students, patients, and practitioners of psychodynamic therapies. The work of these professionals with children and with adults is discussed from a pragmatic point of view, stressing the importance of recognizing the needs and capacities of each individual patient. At the same time, the author focuses on the professional's role in the clinical interaction, emphasizing the need to identify and respect what leads him to the consulting room, and what he expects to obtain from this strenuous and demanding type of work.The evolution of psychodynamic theories has led to its being often defined as a new version of the patient's earliest relationship of dependence on a maternal figure. The author discusses the implications of such a formulation and argues that, however correct it may be when referring to a small number of patients, it is important that, for the majority of cases, the professional should aim to help the patient to find and develop his or her independence and self-sufficiency.
- Author BiographyA. H. Brafman trained as a psychoanalyst of adults and children. In his NHS career he worked as a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and for many years ran a group for parents and under-fives. He ran Infant Observation courses at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and also seminars on psychodynamic work with children, adolescents and adults for the British Society of Psychoanalysis and several other training organizations. He was also Honorary Lecturer at University Hospital Medical School, where he taught students and psychotherapy trainees. He has published a number of books, including 'Untying the Knot', 'Fostering Independence: Helping and Caring in Psychodynamic Therapies', and 'The Language of Drawings: A New Finding in Psychodynamic Work'.
- Author(s)A. H. Brafman
- PublisherKarnac Books
- Date of Publication30/11/2010
- SubjectPsychiatry & Clinical Psychology: Professional
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintKarnac Books
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight376 g
- Width147 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine18 mm
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