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The Interpersonal-affective Focus

Alessandra Lemma, Mary Target and Peter Fonagy

in Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199602452
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602452.003.0025
The Interpersonal-affective Focus

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Arriving at a psychodynamic formulation, and explicitly sharing this with the patient in order to negotiate the focus of the work, represents the final outcome of the initial phase. The previous chapter showed that a core strategy in the initial phase involves identifying interpersonal and affective patterns in the patient's past and current relationships so as to formulate a recurring configuration of ‘self’ and ‘other’ representations that will become the focus for the remainder of the therapy. This chapter describes how we formulate in DIT so as to arrive at a focus for the therapy. It is this focus that will orient both therapist and patient in the middle phase sessions ensuring that some meaningful work and change can be achieved within the time limit.

Keywords: DIT; therapy; self; other; therapist; patient; psychodynamic formulation

Chapter.  9126 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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