Presence and the Present

Presence and the Present : Relationship and Time in Contemporary Psychodynamic Therapy

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Presence and the Present: Relationship and Time in Contemporary Psychodynamic Therapy offers an applied perspective on psychodynamic psychotherapy relevant to contemporary practice. Emphasizing the therapeutic relationship and the dimension of time, it grounds the discussion in clinical application. Including more than fifty vignettes and four detailed case presentations, the author deconstructs successful interchanges as well as errors. The book also includes extended exploration of clinical issues such as trauma, shame, and bodily experiences of self.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0765706555
  • 9780765706553
  • 2,225,946

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Presence and the Present: Relationship and Time in Contemporary Psychodynamic Therapy makes a truly unique contribution to the field of psychodynamic therapy. In a creative way, it combines a masterful integration of contemporary views of psychotherapy with an illuminating illustration of how a skilled clinician makes use of such an integrated approach. Dr. Stadter also breaks new ground by exploring the phenomenon of time and its relationship to psychotherapy in a most original way. Reading Presence and the Present is a valuable educational experience; one that will enhance the work of anyone engaged in the field of psychotherapy. -- Theodore Jacobs, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Dr. Stadter's book is another critical puzzle piece in learning about the bridge between the mind and the brain. Dr. Stadter, as an expert in relational psychodynamic theory, was able to provide us with the pertinent research from the area of neuroscience supporting the psychodynamic theory. The contribution of this work to the field is significant, as we need to continue to be on the forefront of the effort to understand the workings of the human mind. -- Harry Gill, MD, Washington School of Psychiatry This is a book in a rather typical and refreshing American vein. If there is, as I think, an American school of psychoanalysis it is composed of singular authors who write from the pragmatics of experience and then find some way to connect it to one theory or another. Stadter like Giovacchini, Boyer, and others is a clinician first and the theory follows on. This grassroots writing has an honesty that is deeply sincere, intelligent, and will speak to many people who work, day to day, with their patients and in this author will find a kindred soul. -- Christopher Bollas, PhD, British Psychoanalytical Society
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About Michael Stadter

Michael Stadter, PhD, maintains a private practice in Bethesda, MD. He is author of Object Relations Brief Therapy: The Therapeutic Relationship in Short-Term Work.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
SECTION I: Core and Contours
1. The Core and Contours of Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: An Overview and the Times
2. The Contours I
3. The Contours II
4. Does Psychodynamic Therapy Work? Definitely, Yes: The Research Basis
5. Mapping the Inner World: Psychodynamic Theory
6. Time Frames I: Life, Development and Time-Near/Time-Far
7. Time Frames II: From the Present Moment to Interminability to Termination-Therapy Duration, Epochal Moments, and the Self
SECTION II: Contemporary Applications
8. Trauma, Time and Countertransference: Leaning In and Leaning Away
9. Psychotherapy of Trauma: Applications and Recommendations
10. Working with Transferences and Countertransferences of the Body: The Autistic-Contiguous Mode of Experience
11. Couple Therapy: Madness Runs in Families and It Runs Both Ways
12. Insight, Relationship and Action: Integrating Psychodynamic and Nondynamic Therapies
13. Shaming and Ashamed In Psychotherapy: Who's Shaming Whom?
References
Index
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