Listening to the Melody of the Mind

Listening to the Melody of the Mind : The Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

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Psychotherapy has been described humorously as the art of practicing a science which doesn't exist. Brauer and Faris submit that the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy draws on both art and science and should be conducted only by those who are properly trained with sufficient experience and steeped in the empirical literature based on solid research. Insightful and well-trained therapists should, therefore, draw heavily from the scientific disciplines of child development, medical science, biology, neuroscience, psychology, and sociology. To tap into the great body of research in such areas means the well-read psychotherapist must be able to assimilate contributions from a rather broad array of specialties. This is a daunting task and is not for the intellectually faint of heart. Listening to the Melody of the Mind attempts to provide a comprehensive exploration of the person who is the therapist.
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  • Hardback | 170 pages
  • 147.32 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 076570613X
  • 9780765706133

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This book is not organized as a textbook, nor does it constitute a systematic course. But it does serve as a handbook that will guide the beginning psychotherapist with a firm hand and well-grounded footing. It treats the subject of becoming and being a psychotherapist with a down-to-earth pragmatism that will be of enormous help to those who are considering such a career, either for the first time or as a career change. For the senior clinician, reading this volume will act as a gratifying reminder of difficult battles won and lost in the career of professional psychotherapy. Brauer and Faris provide an antidote to the contemporary literature that is weighted more toward the evocative and process-oriented aspects of the work, a perspective which is much more difficult for the beginner to grasp and integrate. The authors thus illustrate the practical value of an approach that is denotative, specific, and concrete. -- Michael N. Fulco, private practice, neuropsychology and psychoanalytic psychodiagnostics This is a book that pulls no punches. The authors have a clear view of what it takes to become a good-enough psychotherapist. They have an equally clear view of why many clinicians do not become adequate psychotherapists, why many treatments falter, and most importantly of what does and does not constitute helpful psychotherapy. -- Graham S. Gibbard, clinical psychologist, ret., Yale School of Medicine The twenty-four chapters of this slim volume are a powerful introduction to psychotherapy, and will be a valuable resource for teachers and supervisors in grabbing and holding the attention of harassed, distractible students... The authors draw on their rich experience to focus not on a 'how-to' approach, but on the person of the therapist and on the cumulative poise and wisdom that develop in the clinician's personal therapy or analysis, extended study, extensive practice, and thoughtful reflection. This is a fresh, forthright account of a life dedicated to the study and advancement of psychotherapy. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association This is a wonderful book. It is well written and easy to read with extensive coverage of the clinical experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy...This is an outstanding text for psychiatric residents, clinical psychology interns and post-graduate clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, and APRNs. -- Theodore F. Mucha, The Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital
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About Rima Brauer

Rima Brauer maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in West Hartford, Connecticut. Gerald Faris is a clinical psychologist currently in private practice in Glastonbury, Connecticut.
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Table of contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Part I. Introduction Chapter 3 1. Two Minds Establish a Psychotherapy Chapter 4 2. How the Talking Cure Works Chapter 5 3. When the Therapist Is Good Enough Chapter 6 4. When the Therapist Isn't Good Enough Chapter 7 5. Authenticity Part 8 Part II. The Necessary Clinical Knowledge Chapter 9 6. Adequate Theoretical/Conceptual Frameworks Chapter 10 7. Multiple Points of View Chapter 11 8. Supervised Experience in Diagnosing and Treating Chapter 12 9. Spectrum Disorders-Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders Chapter 13 10. Disorders of the Borderline Syndrome Chapter 14 11. Coordinated Split Treatment Part 15 Part III. The Nature of the Clinical Experience Chapter 16 12. Patient-Therapist motivations for Psychotherapy Chapter 17 13. Empathy and Therapeutic Tact Chapter 18 14. How the Therapist's Mind Works Chapter 19 15. Cognitive Style and the Therapeutic Alliance Chapter 20 16. Addressing the Patient's Need to Fight Chapter 21 17. The Place of Dreams in the Therapeutic Process Chapter 22 18. Psychopharmacology and the Complexity of Psychodynamics Part 23 Part IV. The Challenges of the Clinical Experience Chapter 24 19. Countertransference and Rescue Fantasies Chapter 25 20. Feelings Chapter 26 21. Negative Therapeutic Reactions Chapter 27 22. People Psychotherapy Probably Can't Help Chapter 28 23. Rarely Encountered Disorders Chapter 29 24. Non-empirical Psychotherapists Part 30 Closing Comments
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