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Author Malan, David H. (David Huntingford)

Title Lives transformed : a revolutionary method of dynamic psychotherapy / David Malan, Patricia Coughlin Della Selva
Edition Rev. ed
Published London : Karnac Books, ©2007
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 344 pages)
Contents pt. 1. Overture, technique, literature ; Overture ; Introduction to the theory and technique of Davanloo's ISTDP ; The literature : empirical support for Davanloo's ISTDP -- pt. 2. Exposition : four detailed therapies ; The man divided ; The cold-blooded businessman ; The good girl with ulcerative colitis ; The woman with dissociation -- pt. 3. General discussion ; The relation between predictions and actual events ; Aspects of initial evaluation ; Aspects of therapy ; Aspects of outcome -- pt. 4. Recapitulation and coda ; The present work, traditional dynamic psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis ; Conclusions ; Coda -- Epilogue
Summary This book provides an in-depth examination of therapy in action, based on verbatim accounts of the treatment of seven patients by Patricia Coughlin Della Selva, using the technique of Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (at times extending to medium-term). This technique has been shown to be both effective and cost-effective with a wide range of patients, including some who are notoriously resistant to psychotherapeutic intervention. The raw data of psychotherapeutic sessions enables the reader to trace the origin of therapeutic effects, which occur immediately in response to the direct experience of hitherto buried feelings and impulses. The validity of psychodynamic concepts such as resistance, transference, and the origin of neurotic disturbances in defenses against intolerable feelings, is demonstrated beyond doubt. In-depth follow-up interviews provide clear evidence of the long-term benefits of dynamic psychotherapy. Patients continue to improve long after termination, as each symptom and defense has been replaced by something healthy and life-giving. With all but one patient no trace of any of the original disturbances could be detected at follow-up, which is one of the definitions of 'total resolution'
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-336) and index
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Subject Davanloo, Habib
Davanloo, Habib.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy -- Case studies
Psychoanalytic Therapy
PSYCHOLOGY -- Psychotherapy -- General.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Della Selva, Patricia Coughlin, 1954-
ISBN 9781849405812