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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Psychodynamic Theory for Therapeutic Practice

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230242470
Publication Date December 2011
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

The work of Freud and the pioneers who followed in his footsteps offers a rich and diverse source of ideas for those working, or training to work, in the helping professions. However too often this body of theory comes across as abstract and can be difficult to grasp. This refreshingly clear book provides a brilliantly readable account of the major psychodynamic theories, unpacking complex theory and showing the people behind the ideas.

Originally published as From Counselling Skills to Counsellor and significantly refreshed and revised in its second edition, this text guides readers through how key concepts first originated, how they developed and how they apply in practice today. This updated edition:

  • Discusses the contributions of five key figures in the field: Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Bion and Bowlby
  • Presents compelling case studies throughout which powerfully illustrate psychodynamic theory in practice
  • Explores the legacy of psychodynamic theorists in two new chapters, including feminism and developments in attachment theory
  • Shows how psychodynamic theory can help practitioners in building and understanding the therapeutic relationship

An insightful introduction to core psychodynamic theory, this text is invaluable reading for all students, trainees and practitioners in counselling and psychotherapy, and of interest to those studying and working in the fields of nursing, social work and counselling psychology.

JULIET HIGDON is a BACP Senior Accredited counsellor/psychotherapist working in independent practice with individuals, couples and organisations. She trained at the Tavistock Clinic in a psychodynamic approach to clinical practice and has many years experience in counsellor training, including heading the counselling training at South Tyneside College for fifteen years.

The Value of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Freud: Where it all Started
Klein: Mothers and Babies
Winnicott: Holding Within Boundaries
Bion: Knowing and Not Knowing
Bowlby: Attachment and Separation
Legacies I: From Freud to Feminism
Legacies II: Developments in Attachment


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