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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
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Table of Contents

1. What Defines a Psychoanalytic Therapy?
2. The Psychoanalytic Sensibility
3. The Therapist's Preparation
4. Preparing the Client
5. Boundaries I: The Frame
6. Basic Therapy Processes
7. Boundaries II: Quandaries
8. Molly
9. Donna
10. Ancillary Lessons of Psychoanalytic Therapy
11. Occupational Hazards and Gratifications
12. Self-Care
Appendix: Annotated Bibliography

About the Author

Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP, teaches psychoanalytic theory and therapy at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers--The State University of New Jersey. A 1978 graduate of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, she also teaches at the Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey, the National Training Program in Contemporary Psychotherapy, the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and the Minnesota Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies. She has lectured throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, Greece, Turkey, Australia, and New Zealand. Dr. McWilliams has a private practice in psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy, and supervision in Flemington, New Jersey. She is the author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process and Psychoanalytic Case Formulation, as well as articles and book chapters on personality, psychopathology, psychotherapy, altruism, sexuality, and gender.

Reviews

"McWilliams presents a text that will be useful to all social workers, whether or not they primarily have a psychoanalytic orientation. She provides useful information on, for example, how to develop a trusting relationship, how to overcome communication barriers, and how to deal with myriad technical problems, such as challenges to the practitioner and to the boundaries that are required in practice. Her writing style is clear, jargon-free, and full of useful examples, and she is supportive of the integration of her ideas with other approaches. A much-needed book in the social work field."--Charles Garvin, PhD, School of Social Work (Emeritus), University of Michigan

"Books by Nancy McWilliams used in unison make the best psychodynamic resources I have yet encountered in more than 60 years in the field."--Robert C. Lane, PhD, Department of Psychology, Nova Southeastern University "A cornucopia of wise and sensitive reflections on psychoanalytic psychotherapy. McWilliams delineates the felt core of therapeutic work shared by workers of many schools, but rarely articulated so well. She gives the beginner a 'taste of the apple' in a hands-on and feeling way, and bolsters the spirit of the old-timer, who will recognize the fruit of attentive and caring practice."--Michael Eigen, PhD, author of The Sensitive Self "Nancy McWilliams's book reads like a conversation with a master therapist, addressing the most important questions about facilitating the therapeutic process. Although a psychoanalyst herself, Dr. McWilliams makes frequent, respectful references to the other major theoretical schools, and gives practical advice that will help any new or seasoned therapist acquire skills for understanding and treating clients."--Karen J. Maroda, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Medical College of Wisconsin "This book addresses a daunting range of issues. How can therapists set limits with acting-out patients? What did Freud really say about behavior change? Why should practitioners have their own psychotherapy? In an era that scorns depth psychology in favor of the quick fix, Nancy McWilliams' work is a beacon of sane reflection. She sees psychoanalysis not as a clinical specialty alone, but as an ethic--a way of thinking that both requires and makes possible the difficult path known as the examined life. This perspicacious, deeply personal work is sure to become a key text for novice and experienced therapists alike."--Deborah Anna Luepnitz, PhD, author of Schopenhauer's Porcupines "This is vintage McWilliams: erudite, elegantly written, thoughtful, and as useful to the seasoned clinician as to the aspiring clinician. Nancy McWilliams has a true talent for tackling complexity without jargon or pretense, and for mixing theoretical originality with good clinical horse sense. Reading this book feels like getting supervision from one of the eminent clinicians of our time."--Drew Westen, PhD, Department of Psychology and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University "Written for therapists, by a therapist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy manifests the qualities of McWilliams's earlier superb work: a thorough grasp of psychodynamic theory, frequent use of case illustrations, a clear and engaging writing style, and what we might call her 'faith' that a relationship with a skilled and caring therapist can help people become more whole."--Russell Jones, ThD, pastoral counselor, Asheville, North Carolina "Readers of McWilliams's previous books will find what they have come to expect: graceful, transparent writing; clear thinking; and a sharpshooter's aim on critical issues. Reading this book is like going on rounds with a loved and trusted professor whose teaching is conversational, collegial, and deep. McWilliams speaks her mind confidently. Her thinking embraces all the therapies derived from psychoanalysis, integrating them under the rubric of honesty. Her book fulfills the promise of its title, addressing both theory and the practical issues that often derail the work of beginners and experienced clinicians alike. This book will be an essential text for teachers of undergraduate psychology through to those in analytic institutes, and psychotherapy students of all stripes will want to read it closely."--Ann Halsell Appelbaum, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

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