First Steps in the Clinical Practice of Psychotherapy

First Steps in the Clinical Practice of Psychotherapy : A Practice-Oriented Psychodynamic Approach

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This clear and practical guide to clinical work, written for the psychotherapist in the first few years of practice, discusses what is involved in psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy. The first section provides a framework to assist with developing and using professional self-understanding in clinical practice. The book offers sound advice about the methods of dynamic therapy, and also suggests how therapists can increase their effectiveness by remaining in supervision and collaborating with other therapists. Ott addresses what it means personally and professionally to be a therapist and as well as how therapists can enhance their clinical skills.
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  • Hardback | 357 pages
  • 158 x 226 x 38mm | 719.99g
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • index
  • 0765703203
  • 9780765703200

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The beginning psychotherapist, regardless of discipline, will find this eminently clear and readable primer an invaluable source of wisdom and support in the process of getting started in this difficult field. The author's presence as mentor is strongly palpable. She describes with sparkling clarity the main 'how-to's' governing setting of the frame, fees, addressing clients' seductiveness, cancellations, hospitalization, and many more. This book is practical in the extreme. The reader will use it as a reference repeatedly as difficult situations are encountered. -- Bernard Brickman, M.D., Ph.D., Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute Maxa Ott's book is a one-of-a-kind, sorely needed, comprehensive introduction to the many complicated and difficult facets of being a psychotherapist. Everything is spelled out and defined with numerous clarifying examples. First Steps in the Clinical Practice of Psychotherapy should be required reading in every graduate school and training program where, all too often, students are plunged into material far beyond their ability to understand, integrate, or apply. For many others already in practice, this book will make up for much of what they missed in their formal training and will enhance their competence as psychotherapists. -- Althea J. Horner PhD, author of Object Relations and the Developing Ego in Therapy
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About Maxa Ott

Maxa Ott is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She holds master's degrees both in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, California, and in Linguistics and History from the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany. She is currently a Clinical Associate at the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute in Beverly Hills, California. Ms. Ott teaches and maintains a private practice.
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